464. Armageddon

Background info

464-armageddonTitle: 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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