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Armageddon
Armageddon
Actors: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Will Patton
Director: Michael Bay
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
UR     1999     2hr 30min

From the blockbuster-making team who produced and directed PEARL HARBOR and THE ROCK (Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay) comes the biggest movie of 1998 -- ARMAGEDDON! Starring the explosive talents of Bruce Willis (DIE HA...  more »

     

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Actors: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Will Patton
Director: Michael Bay
Creators: Barry H. Waldman, Chad Oman, J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Hensleigh, Robert Roy Pool, Shane Salerno, Tony Gilroy
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Disaster Films, Bruce Willis, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Touchstone
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/05/1999
Original Release Date: 07/01/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 07/01/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 2hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Don D. (Donjay) from SAN DIEGO, CA
Reviewed on 3/7/2016...
One of my all time favorites, with an amazing soundtrack for the movie. You will love the action and suspense!
Allen R. from MARYLAND, NY
Reviewed on 10/25/2014...
A fun romp. Real sappy at times but that just makes it that more fun.
Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE
Reviewed on 8/7/2014...
This movie is amazing and still makes me cry everytime i watch it.
Nick W. (Nick1899) from FORT WORTH, TX
Reviewed on 4/1/2014...
Criticize Michael Bay all you want, this is a great movie. True you will see that it reeks of his style but the story & cast carries it far beyond his regular films. The story is pretty simple. A meteor is heading for Earth. We have to go destroy it before it hits and kills us all. Much better than Deep Impact, this story is carried by the visual effects and performances by Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, & Michael Clarke Duncan (even Ben Affleck). This is one of those movies that always makes me tear up (don't ask me why). I highly suggest it for anyone who hasn't already had the pleasure.

Movie Reviews

Excellent collection of material
Charles Oppermann | Woodinville, WA USA | 10/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Criterion Collection release of Armageddon is a treat. It offers 2 commentary tracks, one featuring the director Michael Bay, actors Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has comments on several interesting things. Affleck's commentary is sometimes very funny. The other commentary track features the Director of Photography and special effects people.The commentary includes interesting details, including background information on the characters and filming locations. Note: The commentary is raw and sometimes laced with profanity, although the movie itself is rated PG-13, for reasons explained in the commentary. Although it's not much, this collection is also a Director's Cut and has a couple scenes added, notable of which is Harry Stamper's character visiting his father before launch. Some other scenes are cut slightly differently, adding some depth to the story.The Gag reel on the second disk is extremely funny, raw, and not your typical "behind-the-scenes" documentary.The second disk also features a tremendous amount of information on the special effects and includes many different trailers and promo material. The Aerosmith song video is also included.While the story can be nit-picked, it's still very exciting and enjoyable. Overall, if you liked the movie, the Criterion Collection release is the DVD to have."
Relax and enjoy one of the best films of 1998
really2k1 | Northern California, USA | 02/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't belong to the apparent elitists who despise Michael Bay's filmmaking because he's entertaining for it's own sake. Michael Bay is what he is the same as Hitchcock directed psychological thrillers or George Lucas directs science fiction. He makes films that are loud, fast, action-packed and quite frankly, fun to watch. Isn't that what movies are supposed to be about?

Armageddon was probably the most (other than maybe Saving Private Ryan) anticipated movie of 1998. I'd rank it in my top two or three of 1998 (The others being Saving Private Ryan and American History X). It's not the next Schindler's List and it doesn't strive to be. It stars Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler in the main roles. The supporting cast is underrated, well-balanced and fun to watch, from Michael Clarke Duncan and Steve Buscemi down to lesser know actors Marshall R. Teague and Jessica Steen.

Yes, the plot and premise may not be the most believable. But neither is King Kong, Lord of The Rings, Star Wars or whatever. These pseudo-critics on Amazon.com whine about "poor science" behind the movie, or the poor plot or the stereotypical cast. You know what? Who friggin' cares? It's a movie that's made for sheer fun, for entertainment, for bringing your family to enjoy a couple of hours of action, thundering explosions, fast vehicles and a little romance. Armageddon, despite what the Ebert and Roeper apprentices in here think, is entertainment at its best. Stop whining and enjoy yourself.

We are all familiar with the story by now. An asteroid the size of Texas is on path to impact with Earth, which would destroy all forms of life on it. The world only has 18 days until impact. The only way to stop it is to blow it up from the inside by drilling to its core. For that, NASA recruits the worlds's best deep-core driller in Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) and his renegade drilling crew. The crew, along with some NASA astronauts and an unlucky Russian cosmonaut, journey to the asteroid and embark upon the mission to destroy it and with that, save the entire planet.

Along the way, the crew endures despite losing lives, having to overcome huge obstacles, and having to make decisions that will affect not only the world but their own personal lives. The movie is filled with a few emotional moments that will bring tears to some eyes. The score is grandiose and is a large part of the film. The film strives to be patriotic and the cinematography reflects it. I couldn't help but feel patriotic and moved while watching the movie. The sound and visual effects in the movie were awesome, which its four Oscar nominations reflect.

This movie is a lot of things. It's fun, it's moving, it's sad and it's romantic. Above all, it's one of the more entertaining movies I have seen. The cast had a lot of chemistry together and seemed to have a lot of fun which is reflected in the film. This was Ben Affleck's first big box-office action movie and he gives a good first effort. Bruce Willis takes on the role of Harry Stamper with ease like the action movie veteran he is. Liv Tyler is sweet as Harry's daughter and their emotional goodbye is to be remembered. (Home theater aficionados will also appreciate the visual and sound effects in this movie).

Armageddon was the second-highest grossing film of 1998 narrowly behind Saving Private Ryan. That might be something for critics to think about, because obviously A LOT of people saw this movie. All in all, don't listen to the critics here trying to become the next "Top 500 reviewer." See the movie, it's a blast."
Uninspired
eatstickyrice | The Snowy Alps | 02/15/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The Sticky actually liked the premise of this story. A huge ball of Sticky Rice is hurling towards the earth and a bunch of misfit hawker food operators are forced in the task of saving earth from this impending disaster. But unfortunately it kind of goes downhill from there. As everyone knows, the way to stop a ball of Sticky Rice from smashing earth to bits is to actually dress up the earth as a big trolley tray fill with all sorts of yum cha snacks. Then the ball will just scurry away in fright. But the americans do it in their typical way, blow the thing up and ask questions later. Ho hum.The most devilish thing about this movie though is Ben Affleck's sick laugh - the showing of the gums and teeth - truly frightening. It's right up there with Arnold Schwarzenegger's sick laugh."