The Guilty Pleasures: “Armageddon”
As Mike McDermott once said, “I feel like Buckner walking back into Shea.” That’s exactly how I feel writing this article.
It’s been a while since I wrote one of these. My first two, I talked about Point Break and Batman Forever. People stuck up for me and said there is nothing to be embarassed about liking those movies. But with my next entry, I don’t see many people sticking up for me. I totally am in love with Armageddon. It’s time for me to come out and scream it to the world. Now, there will be spoilers in this post, but you know what, I don’t care if I spoil this movie for you. It’s been out since 1998. You’ve had plenty of time to watch it.
Let me paint the picture for you. Asteroids the size of Texas are on course to destroy Earth. The goverment decides to send the best deep core oil drilling team up in space to nuke the asteroid from the inside. These rugged outlaws have a limited number of days to train and prepare for the biggest moment of their lives.
Now, you might think Armageddon is just your typical Michael Bay no-script, all-special-effects joygasm – but it’s more then that. You might realize this movie succeeds because of it’s talented cast. You have Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Michael Clarke Duncan, Billy Bob Thorton, Peter Stormare, Steve Buscemi, and Owen Wilson, among others. That’s a fantastic line-up right there. The cast carries the movie and makes it something more then your typical Michael Bay movie. This movie made me want to be a driller. It looked like so much fun.
The biggest compliant I hear about this movie is why didn’t they train astronauts to drill? Really? That’s your biggest problem with the movie? This movie is so much fun that you need to look past things like that. If the oil drillers weren’t sent up there, then Bruce Willis wouldn’t have saved the day, Steve Buscemi wouldn’t have lost his mind, and Ben Affleck wouldn’t have looked amazing in his spacesuit.
I know that everyone wants to know if I cried at the end. Of course I did! I’m not a robot. I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about it. Godspeed Harry Stamper.