|Michael A. Maynez|
If the world is threatened and ends one more time, I don’t know what I am going to do. “Armageddon” with a prologue by Charlton Heston, who sounds like Moses delivering the Ten Commandments should be your first warning that Touchstone Pictures has trapped you for at least two and half hours of Digital Domain Digitalia. This Jerry Bruckheimer Production, with direction from Michael Bay is a disaster movie that is disastrous. An asteroid is heading our way and super hero Bruce Willis is called upon to rescue us by the president of the United States. He brings his motely crew, from the oil rig to aid and abet him. The plan being that they will drill a hole in the asteroid and plant a bomb to detract it from hitting the world.
Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck try to connect as lovers and it just doesn’t work. He was so good in “Chasing Amy” and “Good Will Hunting”, here he only gets close-ups. Liv Tyler fares worse. With over nine screenwriters to its credit, we wonder where the storyline went. With wasted talent like Billy Bob Thornton , Will Patton, etc etc.
The whole flick starts annoying you when the asteroid starts exploding all kinds of rocks and debris and hurling it at the audience; wish we could throw a few rocks at the screen back. My sit-upon start hurting after the first hour, the hearing impaired are lucky they don’t have to hear this noisy mess, that is if you don’t lose your sight with all the explosions going on. NASA has created a program to track down asteroids, this was after 1989 when an asteroid missed us by half-million miles, a close call, in 1996 another asteroid missed by 280,000 miles. Last March scientists claimed that an asteroid would come dangerously close to earth at 1:30 P.M Eastern Daylight time on Thursday Oct. 26, 2028, they backed off that prediction a day later.
Director ------- Michael Bay
Producer ------ Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer, Gale Anne Hurd
Editor ---------- Mark Goldblatt, Chris Lebenzon, Glen Scantlebury
Screenplay ---- Jonathan Hensleigh, J.J. Abrams
Story by ------- Robert Roy Pool, Jonathan Hensleigh