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Armageddon (1998 film) - Wikipedia Armageddon film redirects here Armageddon The Criterion Collection For other films with the same title see Armageddon disambiguation § Films Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Michael Bay produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and released by Touchstone Pictures The film follows a group of bluecollar deepcore drillers sent by NASA to stop a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth It features an ensemble cast including Bruce Willis Ben Affleck Billy Bob Thornton Liv Tyler Owen Wilson Will Patton Peter Stormare William Fichtner Michael Clarke Duncan Keith David and Steve Buscemi Armageddon opened in theaters only two and a half months after the similar asteroid impactbased film Deep Impact which starred Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman Armageddon fared better at the box office while astronomers described Deep Impact as being more scientifically accurate 34Armageddon was an international boxoffice success despite generally negative reviews from critics becoming the highestgrossing film of 1998 worldwide Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 3 1 Music 4 Release 4 1 Home media 4 2 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster 5 Reception 5 1 Box office 5 2 Critical response 5 3 Scientific accuracy 5 4 Accolades 6 Theme park attraction 7 See also 8 References 9 External links A massive meteor shower destroys the orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis and bombards a swath of land around the North Atlantic NASA discovers through the Hubble that the meteors were debris propelled from the asteroid belt by a rogue asteroid roughly the size of Texas The asteroid will collide with Earth in 18 days causing a second extinction event NASA scientists led by Dan Truman plan to trigger a thermonuclear detonation at least 800 feet 240 m inside the asteroid to split it in two driving the pieces apart so both will fly past the Earth NASA contacts Harry Stamper considered the best deepsea oil driller in the world for assistance Harry insists he will need his full team to help execute NASAs plan and they agree to help but only after their list of unusual rewards are met NASA plans to launch two specialized shuttles Freedom and Independence to increase the chances of success the shuttles will refill with liquid oxygen from a Russian space station before making a slingshot maneuver around the Moon to approach the asteroid from behind NASA puts Harry and his crew through a short and rigorous astronaut training program while Harrys team reoutfit the mobile drillers Armadillos for the job During training Truman and Harry are skeptical about the abilities of A J Frost a hotheaded drill operator who has been dating Harrys daughter Grace against Harrys wishes The destruction of Shanghai by a meteorite forces the government to reveal the asteroids existence as well as their plan The shuttles are launched and arrive at the space station where its sole cosmonaut Lev Andropov helps with refueling A major fire breaks out during the fueling process forcing the crews including Lev to evacuate in the shuttles before the station explodes The shuttles perform the slingshot around the Moon but approaching the asteroid the Independences engines are destroyed by trailing debris and it crashlands on the asteroid Grace aware A J was aboard the Independence is traumatized by this news believing he was killed Unknown to the others A J Lev and Bear another of Harrys crew survive the impact and head towards the Freedom target site in their Armadillo Freedom safely lands on the asteroid but overshoots the target zone landing on a much harder metallic field than planned and their drilling quickly falls behind schedule The military initiates a backup plan they call secondary protocol planning to remotely detonate the weapon at the asteroids surface despite Truman and Harrys insistence that it would be ineffective Truman delays the military while Harry convinces the shuttle commander Colonel Willie Sharp to disarm the remote trigger Harrys crew continues to work but in their haste they accidentally hit a gas pocket blowing their Armadillo into space and losing another man As the world learns of the missions apparent failure another meteorite decimates most of Paris All seems lost until Independences Armadillo arrives With A J at the controls they reach the required depth for the bomb However flying debris from the asteroid damages the triggering device requiring someone to stay behind to manually detonate the bomb The crew draw straws and A J is selected As he and Harry exit the airlock Harry rips off A J s air hose and shoves him back inside telling him that he is the son Harry never had and gives his blessing to marry Grace Harry contacts Grace to bid his final farewell After some last minute difficulties involving both the shuttle engines and the detonator the Freedom moves to a safe distance and Harry triggers the detonation while his life flashes before his eyes The bomb successfully splits the asteroid avoiding the collision with Earth Freedom safely returns to Earth and the surviving crew are treated as heroes A J and Grace get married with photos of Harry and the other lost crew members present Bruce Willis as Harry Stamper Ben Affleck as A J Frost Billy Bob Thornton as Dan Truman Liv Tyler as Grace Stamper Will Patton as Charles Chick Chapple Steve Buscemi as Rockhound Michael Clarke Duncan as J Otis Bear Kurleen Owen Wilson as Oscar Choice Peter Stormare as Lev Andropov William Fichtner as Colonel Willie Sharp Ken Hudson Campbell as Max Lennert Keith David as General Kimsey Jessica Steen as CoPilot Jennifer Watts Grayson McCouch as Gruber Jason Isaacs as Dr Ronald Quincy Grace Zabriskie as Dottie Charlton Heston as Narrator Productionedit In May 1998 Walt Disney Studios chairman Joe Roth expanded the films budget by 3 million to include additional special effects scenes This additional footage incorporated two months prior to the films release was specifically added for the television advertising campaign to differentiate the film from Deep Impact which was released a few months before 5 According to Bruce Joel Rubin writer of Deep Impact a production president at Disney took notes on everything the writer said during lunch about his script and initiated Armageddon as a counter film at Disney 6 Nine writers worked on the script five of whom are credited In addition to Robert Roy Pool Jonathan Hensleigh Tony Gilroy Shane Salerno and J J Abrams the writers involved included Paul Attanasio Ann Biderman Scott Rosenberg and Robert Towne Originally it was Hensleigh’s script based on Pool’s original that had been greenlighted by Touchstone Thenproducer Jerry Bruckheimer hired the succession of scribes for rewrites and polishes 7 Musicedit Main article Armageddon The Album Releaseedit Prior to Armageddons release the film was advertised in Super Bowl XXXII at a cost of 2 6 million 8 Home mediaedit Despite a mixed critical reception a DVD edition of Armageddon was released by The Criterion Collection a specialist film distributor of primarily arthouse films that markets what it considers to be important classic and contemporary films and cinema at its finest In an essay supporting the selection of Armageddon film scholar Jeanine Basinger who taught Michael Bay at Wesleyan University states that the film is a work of art by a cuttingedge artist who is a master of movement light color and shapeand also of chaos razzledazzle and explosion She sees it as a celebration of working men This film makes these ordinary men noble lifting their efforts up into an epic event Further she states that in the first few moments of the film all the main characters are well established saying If that isnt screenwriting I dont know what is 9 The film was also released by Touchstone Home Entertainment on standard edition Bluray disc in 2010 with only a few special features citation needed Space Shuttle Columbia disasteredit Following the 2003 Columbia disaster some screen captures from the opening scene where Atlantis is destroyed were passed off as satellite images of the disaster in a hoax 10 Additionally the American cable network FX which had intended to broadcast Armageddon that evening removed the film from its schedule and aired Aliens in its place 11 Receptionedit Box officeedit Armageddon was released on July 1 1998 in 3127 theaters in the United States and Canada It ranked first at the box office with an opening weekend gross of 36 million It grossed 201 6 million in the United States and Canada and 352 1 million in other territories for a worldwide total of 553 7 million 2 Critical responseedit Armageddon received mostly negative reviews from film critics many of whom took issue with the furious pace of its editing 12 The film is on the list of Roger Eberts most hated films 13 In his original review Ebert stated The movie is an assault on the eyes the ears the brain common sense and the human desire to be entertained On Siskel and Ebert Ebert gave it a Thumbs Down However his cohost Gene Siskel gave it a Thumbs Up Ebert went on to name Armageddon as the worst film of 1998 though he was originally considering Spiceworld 14 Todd McCarthy of Variety also gave the film a negative review noting Michael Bays rapid cutting style Much of the confusion as well as the lack of dramatic rhythm or character development results directly from Bays cutting style which resembles a machine gun stuck in the firing position for 2½ hours 15 The film has a cumulative 39 Rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes16 while achieving a 42 aggregate score on Metacritic In April 2013 in a Miami Herald interview to promote Pain & Gain Bay was quoted as having said We had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks It was a massive undertaking That was not fair to the movie I would redo the entire third act if I could But the studio literally took the movie away from us It was terrible My visual effects supervisor had a nervous breakdown so I had to be in charge of that I called James Cameron and asked What do you do when youre doing all the effects yourself But the movie did fine 17 Some time after the article was published Bay changed his stance claiming that his apology only related to the editing of the film not the whole film18 and accused the writer of the article for taking his words out of context The author of the article Miami Herald writer Rene Rodriguez claimed NBC asked me for a response and I played them the tape I didnt misquote anyone All the sites that picked up the story did 19 Scientific accuracyedit See also Asteroid deflection In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Bay admitted that the films central premise that NASA could actually do something in a situation like this was unrealistic Robert Roy Pool a contributing screenwriter stated that his script in which an antigravity device is used to deflect a comet from a collision course with Earth was much more in line with topsecret research 20 Additionally near the end of the credits there is a disclaimer stating The National Aeronautics and Space Administrations cooperation and assistance does not reflect an endorsement of the contents of the film or the treatment of the characters depicted therein 21 The infeasibility of the Hbomb approach was published by four postgraduate physics students in 201122 and then reported by The Daily Telegraph in 2012 A mathematical analysis of the situation found that for Williss approach to be effective he would need to be in possession of an Hbomb a billion times stronger than the Soviet Unions Big Ivan the biggest ever detonated on Earth Using estimates of the asteroids size density speed and distance from Earth based on information in the film the postgraduate students from Leicester University found that to split the asteroid in two with both pieces clearing Earth would require 800 trillion terajoules of energy In contrast the total energy output of Big Ivan which was tested by the Soviet Union in 1961 was only 418000 terajoules 2324 In the commentary track Ben Affleck says he asked Michael why it was easier to train oil drillers to become astronauts than it was to train astronauts to become oil drillers and he told me to shut the fuck up so that was the end of that talk 25 Accoladesedit The film received four Academy Award nominations at the 71st Academy Awards for Best Sound Kevin OConnell Greg P Russell and Keith A Wester Best Visual Effects Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Original Song I Dont Want to Miss a Thing performed by Aerosmith 26 The film received the Saturn Awards for Best Direction and Best Science Fiction Film where it tied with Dark City It was also nominated for seven Razzie Awards27 including Worst Actor Bruce Willis Worst Picture Worst Director Worst Screenplay Worst Supporting Actress Liv Tyler Worst Screen Couple Tyler and Ben Affleck and Worst Original Song Only one Razzie was awarded Bruce Willis received the Worst Actor award for Armageddon in addition to his appearances in Mercury Rising and The Siege both released in the same year as this film Award Category WinnerNominee Result Ref Academy Awards Best Sound Editing George Watters II Nominated 28 Best Visual Effects Richard R Hoover Patrick McClung and John Frazier Nominated Best Original Song I Dont Want to Miss a Thing Diane Warren Nominated Best Sound Mixing Kevin OConnell Greg P Russell and Keith A Wester Nominated Awards of the Japanese Academy Outstanding Foreign Language Film Armageddon Nominated ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Songs from a Motion Picture Diane Warren Won 29 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor SciFi Bruce Willis Won 30 Favorite Actress SciFi Liv Tyler Nominated Favorite Supporting Actor SciFi Ben Affleck Won Billy Bob Thornton Nominated Favorite Soundtrack Trevor Rabin and Harry GregsonWilliams Nominated BMI Film & TV Awards Best Music Trevor Rabin Won Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Feature Film Kevin OConnell Greg P Russell and Keith A Wester Nominated 31 1999 Grammy Awards Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television Diane Warren Nominated 19th Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actor Bruce Willis Won Worst Director Michael Bay Nominated Worst Original Song I Dont Want to Miss a Thing Diane Warren Nominated Worst Picture Jerry Bruckheimer Gale Anne Hurd Michael Bay Nominated Worst Screen Couple Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler Nominated Worst Screenplay Jonathan Hensleigh and J J Abrams Nominated Worst Supporting Actress Liv Tyler Nominated Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing Kevin OConnell Greg P Armageddon The Criterion Collection Russell and Keith A Wester Nominated Best Sound Editing Music Bob Badami Will Kaplan Shannon Erbe Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz Nominated 1998 Golden Satellite Awards Best Original Song Aerosmith Won Best Visual Effects Richard R Hoover Pat McClung and John Frazier Nominated Golden Trailer Awards Best Trailer Nominated 1999 MTV Movie Awards Best Action Sequence Armageddon Won Best Performance Male Ben Affleck Nominated Best Performance Female Liv Tyler Nominated Best Movie Armageddon Nominated Best Movie Song Aerosmith Won Best OnScreen Duo Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler Nominated Saturn Awards Best Actor Bruce Willis Nominated Best Costumes Michael Kaplan Magali Guidasci Nominated Best Director Michael Bay Won Best Music Trevor Rabin Nominated Best Science Fiction Film Armageddon Won Tied with Dark City Best Special Effects Richard R Hoover Pat McClung and John Frazier Nominated Best Supporting Actor Ben Affleck Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor Nominated Theme park attractionedit Armageddon – Les Effets Speciaux is an attraction based on Armageddon at Walt Disney Studios Park located at Disneyland Paris 32 The attraction simulates the scene in the movie in which the Russian Space Station is destroyed 33Michael Clarke Duncan Bear in the film is featured in the preshow 33 See alsoedit Film portal Asteroid deflection strategies List of disaster films List of films featuring space stations Referencesedit ARMAGEDDON 12 British Board of Film Classification July 7 1998 Retrieved May 5 2015 a b c Armageddon 1998 Box Office Mojo October 11 1998 Disaster Movies Box Office Mojo Retrieved 20080323 Plait Phil February 17 2000 Hollywood Does the Universe Wrong Space com Lichtenfeld p 221 Tales from the Script Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories – – Nonfiction Book & Film Project About Screenwriting Talesfromthescript com Retrieved 20110429 Petrikin Chris June 8 1998 ‘Armageddon’ credits set Variety com Lichtenfeld p 224 The Criterion Collection Armageddon by Michael Bay Criterion com Retrieved on 20120514 Photos of the Shuttle Columbia Disaster BreakTheChain org Archived from the original on January 21 2012 Sue Chan February 3 2003 TV Pulls Shuttle Sensitive Material HewlettPackard Ad Bruce Willis Movie Yanked From Air CBS News Lichtenfeld Eric 2007 Action Speaks Louder Violence Spectacle and the American Action Movie Wesleyan University Press p 220 ISBN 9780819568014 Ebert Roger August 11 2005 Eberts Most Hated Chicago SunTimes Retrieved 20110114 Roger Ebert – Armageddon Rogerebert suntimes com Retrieved on 20120514 Lichtenfeld p 220 Armageddon rottentomatoes com July 1 1998 Rodriguez Rene Pain & Gain revisits a horrific Miami crime The Miami Herald April 21 2013 Miami Herald Michael Bay No apology for Armageddon April 24 2013 Michael Bay Hits Back at Reporter in ‘Armageddon’ Apology Flap Deadline com April 2013 Daly Steve March 27 1998 The Hype That Fell To Earth Missing or empty url= help TOUCHSTONE PICTURES ARMAGEDDON Archived September 8 2012 at the Wayback Machine moviepage com Back A Brown G Hall B Turner S 2011 Could Bruce Willis Save the World Physics Special Topics University of Leicester 10 1 Hall Ben Brown Gregory Back Ashley Turner Stuart 1 October 2012 Its Official TryHard Bruce Willis Could Not Save the World Astronomy & Geophysics 53 5 5 5 ISSN 13668781 doi10 1111j 14684004 2012 535046 x Collins Nick 7 August 2012 Bruce Willis would have needed a bigger bomb to stop asteroid scientists say The Daily Telegraph London Archived from the original on 8 August 2012 jeremykirk13 20120202 61 Things We Learned from the Armageddon Commentary Film School Rejects Retrieved 20160617 The 71st Academy Awards 1999 Nominees and Winners oscars org 1998 Golden Raspberry Award Nominees and Winners Archived from the original on March 28 2006 Retrieved April 30 2006 1dead link ASCAP Honors Top Film & TV Music Composers at 27th Annual Awards Celebration Ascap com 20120628 Retrieved 20140606 Page Not Found whosdatedwho com Awards for Armageddon on IMDb Armageddon – Backlot – Disneyland® Resort Paris International parks disneylandparis com Retrieved 20110429 a b Armageddon – Les Effets Speciaux Photos Magiques – Disneyland Paris photos Photos Magiques Retrieved 20110429 Lichtenfeld Eric 2007 Action Speaks Louder Middletown Connecticut Wesleyan University Press ISBN 0819568015 External linksedit Armageddon on IMDb Armageddon at AllMovie Armageddon at the TCM Movie Database Armageddon at the American Film Institute Catalog Armageddon at Box Office Mojo Armageddon at Rotten Tomatoes Armageddon at Metacritic