Astonishing special effects cannot hide the incredible lack of a story inthis movie. It is predictable and mostly boring. The US nationalistic blah-blah, especially towards the end, makes a non-US audience laugh in placesthe director never meant. Willis is doing his usual role in his usual way. Buscemi and Stormare are alot better than the rest. The space-flying scenes with everything happening in Tom & Jerry-tempodestroys all the credibility of the fantastic impact scenes in thebeginning. Everyone have seen real space-flight on TV and knows thatdocking in mid-space isn't done in the same manor as parking in front ofthe mall. The asteroid looks like something you would find in a christmastree. I'm not saying that sci-fi should be realistic but come on - don'tinsult me!In total a fantastic movie where 99% of the money is spent on specialeffects and 1% on story and storytelling.User: Michael Carruthers (email@example.com)
On a rating scale of 0 to 100; I gave Armageddon a score of74.
If you are making an explanation of the ingredients that an 100/100 filmwould need, it is best not to use Armageddon's flavours. But, if you aremaking an explanation of pure entertainment at it's best, then Armageddonisa great example to use. This film opened up to the world as a majorblockbuster with Razzie potential from some critics. However, somemovie-goer's, like myself, happened to enjoy this film, and as a shootingstar of a moneymaker, Armageddon soars high in the universe.
A giant, global-killing asteroid, like the one that killed off thedinosaurs65 million years ago is 18 days away from hitting the Earth. NASA's beencaught with their pants down and needs a new plan to stop the rock. Theyenlist the help of Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis), an expert deep coredriller, to train their astronauts and help them drill into the asteroidandplant a nuclear bomb. But Harry figures the astronauts can't be trained intime and opts to go with his own oil drilling crew.
To get the flaws over and done with, Armageddon is sometimes toofar-fetchedthat it becomes a little bit laughable, and Bruce Willis' character, Harry,is the hero. He isn't likeable one bit, unlike Willis' former heroicgun-aimer's and space travelling characters. But those things are quiteminor, and great performances from Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck especiallyTyler, as the beautiful and Earthly young girl who sends her two mostimportant men into sport make up for Willis' half-effort. Also, astar-studded cast supports the three stars, including the never bad SteveBuscemi, giant Michael Clarke Duncan, the calm Owen Wilson and the weirdlywatchable William Fichtner. All these actors play their roles well, andeachhave more faith in the story than some of the other main stars alone.Michael Bay controls his crew well, and he works excellently with thespecial effects team to create a stunning view of space, and some awesomeblasting sounds that will unnerve you.
Armageddon is not as bad as you may of heard, and even though it isn't BestPicture material, it is still an excellent form of entertainment, a filmthat is able to mix romance, thrills and full-on adventure nicely andwithout struggle.
Armageddon has it all, action, rapid and intelligent dialogues, suspense,romance, surprises and nerve. It's a movie you just can't forget, whenyou've seen it and it grows better and better each time you see it. Themusic is majestic and contributes to build up tension or slow down the paceas we follow the heroes on their quest. The characters are created withhumour and you really get to know them as you follow their fates. The storyis well written, and the movie has it's special effects placed perfectthroughout the movie. You can hate Armageddon or love it, but you can'tdisregard it.User: Jackson Booth-Millard
If you like science fiction films, or your a fan of The Fifth Element,then you'll love this. Millions of years ago the Earth was hit by anasteroid, it's going to happen again, we just don't know when. This isobviously an idea of what might happen when it does. Bruce Willis is aprofessional driller, Harry S. Stamper. Lately he is having troublewith his daughter Grace (The Lord of the Rings' Liv Tyler) not treatinghim like a Dad. He is chosen for a special mission into space todestroy an asteroid before Armageddon. He brings his drilling team withhim to help. These include A.J. Frost (Ben "Assface" Affleck),Rockhound (Reservoir Dogs' Steve Buscemi), Oscar Choi (Owen Wilson) andBear (The Green Mile's Michael Clarke Duncan). Also recognised for thefantastic Oscar nominated song, Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss aThing". It was nominated the Oscars for Best Sound Effects Editing,Best Visual Effects and Best Sound. Good!User: icet2004
this movie is awful.awful acting story and directing.of coursesoundtrack was bad too.Aerosmith worst song - i don't want a miss athing.too hammy.Bruce Willis worst role i don't understand why heplayed there?should be in bottom top 100.i don't understand of thispeople who love this movie how can you like such a crap? and of courseit's badly written movie all is crap.what a shame to Americanmovies.Liv Tyler is cute like her really in Lord of the rings where sheplay Arwen she's there very cute,but this movie is shame to her.i guessif someday when it's judgment day this not so like in this movie.don'twatch it save your time and life.for now it's classic movie,but classiccrap movie.1/10User: beaverfever
I can't believe this nonsensical piece of visual diarrhea isn't on theIMDBBottom 100 list. With its nonstop parade of movie cliches (and notobscurecliches - major eye-rollers), its terrible dialogue, absolutely completelack of logic, disregard for basic laws of physics and common sense (andyes, I kept in mind that it is a science fiction film and the suspensionofdisbelief - to a degree - is inherently required). Not five minutes ofthismovie can pass without a moment of tremendous wretchedness occurring. Icould easily list many specific examples of why this movie is soinsultinglybad, but the space limitations for reviews makes this impractical.
This movie is not even worth watching as a novelty, whether a rental ortelevision broadcast. I sat through Armageddon, having nothing better todoon a sunday night, and I deeply regret wasting that part of mylife.
a very bad movie, with a bad director and a typical-below the averagescenario. bruce willis has taken the train to boring-town and a castingofso beautiful-so stupid actors. oh and by the way, thanks for saving theworld usa.........again...User: paulap
This was one of the most painful movies that I have ever watched in myentire life. The Fifth Element was the worst, this came in second. Ihonestly don't know how anyone could have given this movie a rating of 10. Itcompletely sucked! There were so many inconsistencies I couldn't keep trackof them. The plot was so unbelievable it was laughable. Liv Tyler'scharacter was so annoying that it made me want to smack the TV. I reallyfeel bad for Billy Bob Thornton, he was the only even semi-believablecharacter in the whole movie. I definitely wouldn't want this movie on myresume' if I was him.
Everyone keeps talking about how the effects were 'so' cool, I just didn'tsee it. Maybe if the same effects were in a decent movie with plot theywould have been good. But in this movie where the story sucked and the actingbad, I was so annoyed that I just couldn't seem to enjoy the specialeffects. Maybe if I would of put on some 3-D glasses it would have been moretolerable, but I doubt anything would have helped this movie except shuttingoff the VCR.
By the time this movie was over I had felt like the life had been sucked outof me. It was horrible. It was a complete waste of time. The best pieceof advice I can give you on this is to just not watch it and spare yourselfthe agony.
First of all to a question one commenter wrote, did Owen Wilson die inany other film? yes in the other crap film Anaconda. This is one ofthose films that Hollywood make for the American audience. They thinkthey are stupid and they will watch any film full of stars and action,explosions and the like. Hollywood don't like their audience to think,and this film in the first twenty minutes proves it. The earth will bedemolished in 18 days ( so far so good ), so NASA get Bruce Willis, (best driller in the world ) to come and help. So, they come and pick upWillis and his daughter, ( played by Liv ) off a drilling platform inthe ocean and take them to NASA headquarters. Willis comments on thefact that in 18 hours they have been apologizing to him for theinconvenience. So, lets say it took a couple of days to explain to themthe situation, why oh why did the rest of the crew leave the platform??And how the hell did the role of Ben Affleck, in a couple of days setup his own company and started drilling? If you also notice he has aboard with his name printed, and its RUSTY for crying out loud, in acouple of days. Where was he drilling, under acid rain. This is onlythe start and it was enough for me. I didn't enjoy the film at all.Please Hollywood if you are going to spend all this money on a film, dothe decent thing and treat us like adults who understand a little bit.User: mike3018
** THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS BUT THE MOVIE WAS SPOILED BEFORE I EVERWATCHED IT **
Next to Dr. Giggles, this is the worst movie I've everseen.
Five different people were involved in the writing of this movie andapparently none of them were on speaking terms. The opening meteor showerscene seems to have been added as an afterthought. The script ispredictable, boring and so generic that I'm convinced it was created usingascript writing software's template. I also had a hard time buying the ideathat it's easier to train oil riggers to become astronauts than it is totrain astronauts to drill a hole. The "emotional" side stories don't work,the jokes are lame and while Liv Tyler's beauty is the only redeemingaspectof this film, it isn't nearly enough to save this horrible pile ofwaste.
I have seen my fair share of crap movies, but this one takes the cake. Ittotally ignores physic rules (shuttles flying as if they?restuntplanes?!?!Hopping around on an asteroid which could never create such gravity??!?!)And on top of that, they?re sending untrained oildrillers as astronauts,sjah?! Top that all off with a total flat and boring storyline, lamejokes,even worse sidestories and a lousy bunch of actors. Avoid this moviebeforeit hits you!User: Anthony (LSKFellini1125@yahoo.com)
Roger Ebert called this "the first 150-minute trailer" and I think he hitthe nail on the head. However many millions of dollars were spent onmakingthis movie should have been used to feed starving children in Third Worldcountries. It would have been much easier and cheaper to take clips fromevery other space action movie made up to this point and string themtogether. That's basically what Armageddon amounts to. Some argue thatthisis an action movie, it provides what it's supposed to provide, and you'renot supposed to look at a movie like this with any intelligence. True, buthow can you help it when this movie takes itself so seriously? It's likethefilmmakers actually believed they were making a serious drama, and theyexpect us to care about the romance between Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck andall the other dramatic crap they throw at us. Gimme a break. The storyitself can't even be taken seriously. A meteor big enough to end all life("even viruses") is headed towards Earth, and we have only one chance tostop it. So we put our trust in a bunch of oil diggers? I'd like to hopeNASA and our government would have a better plan than that in real life.This movie could have been good if it realized the absurdity of thisstoryline and just went for sheer entertainment value. But the peopleinvolved seem to think this is some kind of major work of art. I thinknot.User: scn095
Avoid this movie at all costs.Let me see if I understand correctly:
- NASA trains idiots (instead of people it has specially trained already) tobe astronauts in 14 days
- and launches two super-duper space shuttles on launch pads merely hundredsof feet apart, with ? five-seconds between launches
- people in one of the shuttles stick around to save two friends when thefour safely in the shuttle would probably die
- there's an alternate, non-airtight, route past an airtight door which ismade to seal off a damaged (or aflame) section of spacestation
- there can be HUGE exposions (and sound?) in space
- a space shuttle can dodge FOD (which is flying randomly, affected by thegravity caused by the asteroid, other FOD and the shuttles themselves) withthe agility of a fighter jet?
Have a nice day. Watch a different movie.
Suitable for all. No intelligence required. In fact, intelligence in aviewer is a major drawback when watching. An intelligent viewer is notgoing to like this piece of shall I say: film? It hardly deserves thename. This is in other words a waste of time and money. It is also notridiculous enough to have a comic force. Intended humor also doesn'tdeliver.
Why so negative? It is packed with clich?s, such as a sacrifice andsubsequent countdown scene, which makes no sense at all. It has nodepth. No motivation, characters just continue carrying out clich?swithout any real storyline whatsoever. There simply isn't anything goodabout it. Possible exception allowed for the score. Admittedly I am nota Bruce Willis fan, but I won't even enter into that, the argumentsabove would have ruled out this movie even if I were.
Not the most stupid film you will ever see, but definitely a contender.The first half of the film tends to be pretty dull, padded withunrealistic accounts of training amateur astronauts. The second half isdisrupted by overly tight editing which surrogates for genuine action.The film is on a par with Air Force One and Deep Impact, and issimilarly filled with gung-ho American flag waving - the pastiche,token Russian character is positively insulting.
Armageddon is somewhat reprieved by its special effects, but I stillfound myself rooting for the asteroid in the hope that it might wipeout Hollywood and save us from any more films like this.
Well-produced action-thriller about an asteroid the size of Texas aboutto slam into Earth is unfortunately filled with idiots and dolts. Whydo we need Steve Buscemi on board as a loose cannon who manages to sitstill for the training but nearly screws everything up in space (andeven worse, appears to be rewarded as a "hero" besides?). Ben Affleckis his usual wooden, shallow self, but I was able to forget about him.Liv Tyler has some gutsy moments near the end, but her love scene withthe animal crackers has to be an absolute cinematic low-point. BruceWillis? He does his macho act, and there are bits and pieces where youcan see genuine emotion registering on his face, but any actor couldhave played this role--it doesn't utilize his personality to anyparticular advantage. The special effects are fantastic, and theherky-jerky editing is always careful to reveal just enough of aparticular marvel and then move on, but the story is pretty much awash-out. ** from ****User: ahmed elshikh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I was watching this with my relatives as a rented video tape and in onemoment of pure truth my cousin asked us all as we were in the middle ofit : Does Any Body Want THIS anymore ? To has all of us crying : NOOOO! However I watched all of it afterwards to write such a comment andwhat a painful experience !.
I asked my friend once "What was Michael Bay wanting by making hismovie like this ?!", and he answered so logically : "He wanted to makeall the audience blind and deaf".. Enough said !
Why the acting of (Ben Affleck) is that bad ?.. and how could he makeeven more movies ? .. Well.. I've heard the great late (VincenteMinnelli) saying once in an old TV's interview that "Not Every StarShould Be A Good Actor !"
What is that anyway ? It looked sometimes like : (The Dirty Dozen)meets (Independence Day), but as a long very stupid video clip !
This one was in the audience's list for the best 100 movie in thehistory of cinema (published by the great Empire magazine at October1999) !! .. Yes it's true as number 79 in the list, but at the sameissue there was the audience's list for the worst 10 movies ever andguess what movie was there also ?!!! ..Yes my friends, this very pieceof work was one of the 100 best and one of the 10 worst too !
Honestly I've asked myself once.. What are the most beautiful things insuch a movie ? and my answer was : the tone of (Charlton Heston) at thebeginning, the presence of (Liv Tyler), and the fact that I'll neverwatch that Hollywood's huge crap ever again. Though I'll watch otherHollywood's huge crap again.. But NOT THIS ONE !
I was in a discussion about movies and 'Armageddon' came up. As usual, Iwent to IMDB (no kiss-ass, I actually use this site). Imagine my horrorwhenI found one of my countrymen, said "Probably the best movie I'veseen yet". I had to read it twice. Then I had to read the rest, to see ifitwas sarcastic.
I've seen a lot of movies. Some good, many bad. Many, many bad movies. Butonly once in my lifetime I've yet had the feeling after leaving the theatrethat "now I have to redefine my whole reviewing scale for movies".'Armageddon' was that movie. It defies words, but I'll try. It is SOincredibly BAD it's amazing it ever got made. No, strike that; it wasobviously made to make money, by people who didn't care about makingmovies.
It had actors. Some I like, some I don't. That's not the point. All theactors seemed to do parodies of characters they've played in other movies -even Steve Buscemi's character was outright bad, and he's usually one to betrusted to save a less-than-perfect movie. Bruce Willis was simply aparody.I hope he got paid lots. One of my countrymen, Peter Stormare, played (asusual) a russian, and even though it's usually heart warming to see him insmall roles in major movies this was just plain embarrassing. I won't gointo the whole Affleck-Tyler thingy, that was just bad beyondwords.
It had explosions. Every big movie these days has great FX, so it's prettyuseless going into details. Let's just call it "expensive actionsequences".
It had a script. It must have been written on a box of matches, in a verylarge typeface. If it was written down at all. Maybe they just made it upasthey went along; at least that would explain things.
It had humour. It had some terribly embarrassing one-liners that I assumewere supposed to be funny, but that's not what I'm talking about. Theentiremovie in itself was just a collection of cliche parodies.
It had an ending. Thank GOD it had an ending, although at times itcertainlyseemed to be too far away.
That said, it at least has one redeeming quality: lots of people have seenit, so when I refer to it ("the new movie so-and-so is very very bad, butstill THIS much better than 'Armageddon') people will understand what I'mtalking about. And to think 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' was considered bad...It's a masterpiece in comparison.
I'm sure somewhere inside this jumbled mess of a movie there's a decentfilm to be found. But alas, somewhere in the editing room, this filmwas hacked up & slaughtered & another notch was added to Mr. Bay'smovie-shotgun of death.
This movie had everything going for it. Bombastic end-of-the-worldstoryline; awesome, state-of-the-art visual effects; amazing cast ofactors that can actually act; and Michael Bay.... oh, & there's therub.
I hate to take part with all the overblown Bay-bashing, but-... andit's not that the guy's a hack per se. He actually knows how to stage aframe & shoot a camera. I was even a Bay fan when he first came outwith "Bad Boys", which had lots of style, laughs and action. I enjoyed"The Rock" even more. But it's here with this overlong movie trailerthat Bay lost me. And subsequently with "Pearl Harbor" & "Bad Boys II".And my feeling is that it's with the editing.
I know he comes from TV commercials and music videos, and we do live inan MTV world, but come on. It's like, if they let a shot last longerthan 5 seconds they would be afraid of losing the audience somehow.Dramatic scenes have no effect because of this, and the amazing digitalfx aren't on screen long enough for the audience to enjoy. And theaction sequences are too messy to follow. And I know this ain't thefault of the editors because they know too much to cut film in thisstyle. So whether it be Bay making these choices, or the studio heads,it'd be nice for the editors to stand their ground & make the filmshalfway tolerable to watch.
Anyways, with a film like this, you either love it or hate it. Andnothing anyone says will deter you either way. (1/2* out of *****)
this movie put a tear in my eye, mainly because i had to stab myself inthe leg to take my mind off of it. all my friends like this movie and ican only look at them with astonishment. i watch movies to beentertained not have my life sucked out of me. the only thing thatcould have saved this...Thing is if the earth was destroyed that way icould have at least enjoyed Liv Tyler's emotionless death. this is theold testimate that no matter how much money you put into a movie andhow many big stars you get you can't fix a bad script. you can spraypaint a turd what every color you want it will still have a nice poopycore.