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Armageddon (1998)

Bruce Willis and an all-star cast of ragtag roughneck oil drillers blast off on a mission to save the planet in Michael Bay’s doomsday space epic.

Willis plays Harry Stamper – the world’s greatest oil driller, recruited by NASA head Dan Truman (Billy Bob Thornton) to plant a nuclear bomb in the belly of an earthbound asteroid the size of Texas.

Will Stamper overcome his creepy attachment to his daughter Grace (Liv Tyler), and reconcile with her studmuffin oil-drilling lover A.J. Frost (Ben Affleck) in time to save America and the rest of the world?

The entire second half of the film seems to consist of nothing but vibrating close-ups of heads shouting lines like, “I’m not leaving without my men!” and “We’re jumping over that canyon!”

Director Michael Bay directs Armageddon in a way that seems more concerned with constantly assaulting the senses than anything else, hoping perhaps that the quick cuts and constant explosions will distract from his film’s many flaws. They don’t.

Harry S. Stamper
Bruce Willis
A.J. Frost
Ben Affleck
Grace Stamper
Liv Tyler
Dan Truman
Billy Bob Thornton
Charles “Chick” Chapple
Will Patton
Lev Andropov
Peter Stormare
Lt. General Kimsey
Keith David
Steve Buscemi

Michael Bay