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464. Armageddon

Published September 27, 2014

Background info

Title: Armageddon Director: Michael Bay Year: 1998 Run time: 2hrs 31m

“Armageddon is a meteor storm of action-adventure moviemaking that has you on the edge of your seat forgetting to breathe! When NASA’s Executive Director, Dan Truman, realises the earth has 18 days before it’s obliterated by a meteor the size of Texas, he has only one option - land a ragtag team of roughneck oil drillers on the asteroid and drop a nuclei warhead into its core. Spectacular special effects, laugh-out-loud humour, great characters, riveting storytelling, and heartfelt emotion make Armageddon an exhilarating thrill ride you’ll want to experience like there’s no tomorrow.”

Live blog

2:07 - “It WILL happen again. It’s just a question of when.” 5:28 - Is NASA in the phone book? 11:13 - The size of Texas. Oof! 14:45 - There;s nowhere to escape on an oil rig! 21:26 - They’re wasting all that oil! 26:34 - “Patents don’t apply to outer space.” 32:36 - How can anyone say no to Bruce Willis? Never mind saving the world, Mr W is asking! 38:07 - He said, the Cubs win the world series! BTTF reference. 48:07 - It’s like the batmobile. 51:50 - $100,000 at 60%? Jeez that’s a huge loan. 1:01:34 - One hour gone, crying count is about one and a half times so far. 1:03:57 - “A species has the technology to stop its own extinction.” 1:05:58 - Mr C cry count, five. 1:06:40 - Is it possible to launch two shuttles at the same time? There’s only one main platform. 1:13:35 - I’m wondering whether this is where my William Fichtner obsession began. 1:30:42 - “Because I’m a genius.” Best answer to everything. 1:33:36 - To the left, to the left. 1:39:11 - Always follow the beep, I say. 1:45:43 - “The President’s not here.” Also, why does the president make the call for the whole world? 2:01:47 - Lost count of cry count now. 2:08:39 - That’s Liv coming to a sad realisation. 2:16:03 - “All made in Taiwan!”

Conclusions

I love this film. Have loved it since I first saw it. Back when I had a heart of stone, it was one of the few that would make me cry. But it also has the witty dialogue and the great disaster movie scenes that I love.

I had sort of been saving it for a special occasion, but actually, in the end, it just felt like the right time to watch it again. It was all the brilliant things I remembered - great characters, far-fetched but wonderful story, and fab one-liners. And if it reduced me to tears when I was hard-hearted, I was in floods this time.

Initially, it’s just the bit where she tells the kid he’s just a salesman. But at the end, pretty much as soon as the straws are drawn, I was gone. I love it and I don’t care what anyone says. It’s one of the best films ever, because it is both brilliant and rubbish in equal measure.

Rating: 5/5

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