Armageddon

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USA, 1998, 151 min (Director's cut: 153 min)

Directed by:

Michael Bay

Cinematography:

John Schwartzman

Composer:

Trevor Rabin

Cast:

Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Will Patton, Steve Buscemi, William Fichtner, Owen Wilson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Peter Stormare (more)
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When NASA's executive director, Dan Truman (Thornton), realizes the Earth has 18 days before it's obliterated by a meteor the size of Texas, he has only one option -- land a ragtag team of roughneck oil drillers on the asteroid and drop a nuclear warhead into its core. (official distributor synopsis)

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lamps 

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English A most American film. On the one hand, this is a good thing, because you are entertained almost non-stop and the incredible influx of "last minute" rescues, enormously explosive heroic moments and frantic editing leaves absolutely no room for proper reflection. But the structure of the STORY is actually terribly ridiculous and annoying, and not only due the pervasive pathos, but more importantly because of the utterly idiotic approach to heroism itself. Everything in the movie sucks from the beginning – smaller asteroids hitting the Earth and a doomsday meteor approaching; there's very little time to train drillers; a few rescuers get arrested just before take-off; everything explodes while refuelling on a Russian station, etc., etc. In doing so, the screenplay wants to constantly heighten the drama and tension, only to reinforce the comedic side from the start and destructively dismantle the fatality that the film tries to communicate with cuts to helpless people praying or even that famous melodramatic ending. There are so many deadlines in the finale that you actually stop caring about them and can only enjoy the whirlwind of crazy catchphrases and the overall grandiose concept, which also sometimes intentionally, but mostly unintentionally, highlights the comedic side. And of course, I must mention perhaps the greatest asset, which is the excellent cast, for who else can better sell us the iconic, flawless tough guy better than the charismatic Willis, who else would entertain us more effectively by goofing around and bouncing on a nuclear warhead than Steve Buscemi, who else could make a full-fledged character out of the routine role of NASA director than Billy Bob Thornton, and what man could excel so well in a supporting, almost lightweight Russian role than the traditionally delectable Peter Stormare? Armageddon is enormous bollocks, but, as unconvincing as it sounds, it's honest and cinematically entertaining bollocks. Saving the world is a joke. 65% ()

Lima 

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English Clichés, clichés and then some more clichés. Add to that a hearty dose of patriotism and boredom, and the result is Armageddon. I don't want to be biased and so: the introduction with meteorites is decent, the training on the NASA base has flair and wit. The rest, on the other hand, is what I say above. ()

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kaylin 

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English I've been avoiding that movie for a really long time, but I can't deny that it's action-packed enough, excellently executed in terms of special effects, mostly has great sets, and it's an awesome tearjerker. You can forgive him here and there for those Bay-esque nonsense things that he puts in every movie, just like the incredibly far-fetched plot that seems terribly believable. But it's true that a crisis situation calls for crazy solutions. And this is truly crazy. Great actors, led by Bruce Willis. ()

novoten 

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English I watched it for so long I definitively fell in love with it. A controlled dose of absolute patriotism with lots of romantic pathos and catastrophically tuned action scenes. Here Michael Bay let loose his megalomaniac destructive imagination for the first time and created the best disaster movie I have ever seen. Bruce Willis has never been such an adored hero. ()

Pethushka 

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English This is truly an all-time favorite full of quality humor and characters. I'd be hard pressed to find a better elite. Bruce Willis' charisma is unbeatable, I can't get enough of Ben Affleck, the "Rat" Steve Buscemi made me laugh too much, and M.C. Duncan always adds that much-needed missing touch to a film. Perfect direction, a bombastic script, and I have a big soft spot for the music from this film. 100% for me. More than enough laughs and tears. ()

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