Armageddon (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep-core drillers to save the planet.


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13 June 2017 | gavin6942
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| One of Those Guilty Pleasures
After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.

The real mystery surrounding this film is how it got released by the Criterion Collection. Both this film and Michael Bay's "The Rock" received the Criterion treatment at one time. And while both are very enjoyable films, do they really belong with Criterion? I feel that by merely being released by them, there is an added importance stamped on the film.

But as far as guilty pleasures go, this is a fun and entertaining film. I could do without the romance angle, but the idea of blowing up an asteroid before it hits earth (which assumes a lot of questionable science) is just classic science fiction, here given more legitimacy and budget than ever before.

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Trivia

Though some posters of this film state that the characters have thirty-three days. Apparently, this film is set only roughly twenty days in a summer, and at the time the asteroid is discovered, they have just eighteen days till it hits Earth.


Quotes

Narrator: This is the Earth, at a time when the dinosaurs roamed a lush and fertile planet.
Narrator: A piece of rock just 6 miles wide changed all that.
Narrator: It hit with the force of 10,000 nuclear weapons. A trillion tons of dirt and rock hurtled into the atmosphere, ...


Goofs

Even though the second shuttle takes off later then the first, they are neck and neck when they clear the atmosphere.


Crazy Credits

All initial UK '12' Certificate videos came with the full promo video for Aerosmith's: "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" before the film started. The video only came with the limited widescreen or even more limited 'double feature' boxed video with 'The Making of Armaggedon' as a bonus video. Also some outtakes (1 per character) were featured at the very end of the credits with text underneath saying 'In loving memory of who gave his life saving our planet.' (The outtakes only came with the initial copies on video.)


Alternate Versions

British TV premiere on Channel 5 (March 2002) excluded the wide shot showing the damage caused to New York by the meteor shower.


Soundtracks

Starseed
Written by Mike Turner,
Raine Maida, Chris Eacrett and Arnold Lanni
Performed by Our Lady Peace
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc. and Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,089,972 5 July 1998

Gross USA:

$201,578,182

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$553,709,788

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