Armageddon (1998) – Encore Review


“God, I hate knowing everything.” – Rockhound

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater, DVD, 5 Aug 2013 and 4 Apr 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After the discovery of an asteroid hurdling toward Earth, NASA recruits a group of deep core drillers to try and stop the asteroid from destroying the planet.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing in the theater and have loved watching it ever since because it’s such a fun film.

It works on so many levels and if one just wants an enjoyable popcorn flick where you can check your brain at the door, this is just what the doctor ordered.

The premise itself is a bit absurd and pretty unrealistic yet the story and special effects help make it still stay enjoyable despite this.

This film is able to raise the level of suspense and keep the stakes high due to the short time frame until impact and the high level of action that resonates throughout the film.

The cast in this film is superbly chosen and Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Billy Bob Thornton all shine throughout.

The choice of actors for the supporting cast is also great because they manage to toe the line between serious and crazy which helps keep things fun since the movie knows not to take itself seriously the whole time.

This may be a testosterone action film, but they manage to sneak in some great tender scenes involving familial relationships that come across as being quite emotional and poignant.

This film has a great theme song sung by Aerosmith which was nominated for an Oscar – I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing.

Check it out here!

This film may not be as good as Deep Impact (1998) which came out at the same time and looks at a similar situation from a dramatic instead of action viewpoint, yet it still manages to stay so much fun and is a pleasure to watch over and over.

Bottom Line – Such a fun film that works on so many levels despite the fact that the premise is completely absurd.  The manage to keep things action packed and the short time until impact helps raise the stakes even higher. The cast is superb with Willis, Affleck and Thornton shining through.  The supporting cast is also great to watch because the story doesn’t take itself seriously through much of the film.  Despite this being an all out action film, they manage to get in some tender and poignant scenes that deal with familial relationships and there are even a few emotional scenes that work extremely well. The theme song for this film that was nominated for an Oscar – I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing is amazing.  Not as good as Deep Impact (1998) which came out at the same time and looks at things from a dramatic viewpoint instead of an action one, but still lots and lots of fun. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – N.A.S.A. shows this film during their management training program. New managers are given the task of trying to spot as many errors as possible. At least one hundred sixty-eight have been found. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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