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The term out of sight out of mind is relevant to this article. The simple fact of ARMAGEDDON not being spoken much of today justifies that. This being said, if one may question another; have you watched the movie ARMAGEDDON, 8 out of 10 certainly would shoot back with the reply “Yes”.
The song I don’t want to miss a thing debuted at number one at the billboard top 100. Performed by Aerosmith, this song has been the largest hit the band has ever done. This was also the first time in 28 years that Aerosmith topped the billboard top 100 charts. What more is needed to elaborate the greatness of the movies soundtrack? Simply said, nothing!
This critic was whistling this tune when the urge to relive the ARMAGEDDON experience sprung. Up until this point ARMAGEDDON was out of sight and out of mind but not forgotten. It is certain if this article is being read by this time one can still recall the movie. A selected few may even treat themselves to another viewing.
Armageddon: The place where the final battle will be fought of good and evil (Ref www.dictionary.com)
A certain interpretation of the above context was written into a screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh and J.JAbrams. Both names well acknowledged in the film industry for their contributions. Collaborating with Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay this screenplay saw its way through to cinemas near you in 1998. Collectively the above names have given you the following titles. JUMANJI, DIE HARD, SUPER 8, LOST, THE ROCK, BAD BOYS, PEARL HARBOR, TOP GUN, CON AIR, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN & REMEMBER THE TITANS.
A Michael Bay signature always has been his astute choice of sound tracks and his visual effects. Ranging from ARMAGEDDON, PEARL HARBOR & TRANSFORMERS this signature move is evident. Nominated for 4 Oscars at the Academy Awards in 1999 ARMAGEDDON stood out in the following categories. Best Sound, Best Music; Original Song, Best Effects; Visual Effects, Best Effects; Sound Effects Editing.
The earth has 18 days left. Mankind is challenged with its worst nightmare; total annihilation. 65 million years ago historians and science suggests that a similar catastrophe wiped away the dinosaurs and all living things that roamed the earth. The earth as we know it is in direct course collision of an asteroid the size of Texas and the earth’s last line of defense and its only line of defense is Harry Stamper(Bruce Willis) and his oil drillers. NASA has no choice but to send up two teams into space in order to save the earth.
The short synopsis makes it sound a sci-fi that would drive away an audience that dislikes the genre. ARMAGEDDON is many other things over a base of sci-fi. This is a story of love, self realization and redemption that is enchantingly woven around a situation that personifies human emotions in times of adversity.
Starring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Will Patton, Michael Clarke Duncan, Owen Wilson, Steve Buscemi, William Fichtner, Peter Stormare and Liv Tyler ARMAGEDDON could not have needed a better cast. The cast begins the journey apart with slight hints of connection between each other. Like two hands fitting perfectly into each other they move closer and knit into each other that each life lost on the rock is felt hard by the viewer. Each sacrifice made on the rock tugs on the viewer a little bit harder and may even force out a tear. Personal favorite of this critic would be the only main female cast member Liv Tyler. The trauma of watching the only family she knew going into space to save a world that she did not understand, the agony of knowing that only one of the men she loves is returning back to her and the joy of knowing that one is at least returning to her. An absolute ball of thread her emotional path is and the then 20 year old actress delivered without holding back. Bruce Willis as always does not disappoint the audience. A hint more of Owen Wilson could have been slightly more welcome to promote more comic relief. The lack of Wilson is filled in by Duncan and Buscemi who nails the deal.
Opening on the 21st B day of Liv Tyler Armageddon is one of the greatest stories told by Michael Bay. Mixed reviews do fly in the vast ethos of critics which is obvious and is the norm. However the greatness and the simplicity of this story will never be forgotten.
A must watch movie and for those unfortunate few that have missed out on this marvel ; add this to your movie bucket list.
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BAY
STARRING: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Will Patton, Michael Clarke Duncan, Owen Wilson, Steve Buscemi, William Fichtner, Peter Stormare and Liv Tyler
RUNTIME: 151 MINUTES