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Bruce Willis and and an all-star cast of roughneck oil drillers blast off on a mission to save the planet in Michael Bay's doomsday space epic.
The latest testosterone-saturated blow-'em-up from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay (The Rock, Bad Boys) continues Hollywood's millennium-fueled fascination with the destruction of our planet. There's no arguing that the successful duo understands what mainstream American audiences want in their blockbuster movies--loads of loud, eye-popping special effects, rapid-fire pacing, and patriotic flag waving. Bay's protagonists--the eight crude, lewd, oversexed (but lovable, of course) oil drillers summoned to save the world from a Texas-sized meteor hurling toward the earth--are not flawless heroes, but common men with whom all can relate. In this huge Western-in-space soap opera, they're American cowboys turned astronauts. Sci-fi buffs will appreciate Bay's fetishizing of technology, even though it's apparent he doesn't understand it as anything more than flashing lights and shiny gadgets. Smartly, the duo also tries to lure the art-house crowd, raiding the local indie acting stable and populating the film with guys like Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson, and Michael Duncan, all adding needed touches of humor and charisma. When Bay applies his sledgehammer aesthetics to the action portions of the film, it's mindless fun; it's only when Armageddon tackles humanity that it becomes truly offensive. Not since Mississippi Burning have racial and cultural stereotypes been substituted for characters so blatantly--African Americans, Japanese, Chinese, Scottish, Samoans, Muslims, French ... if it's not white and American, Bay simplifies it. Or, make that white male America; the film features only three notable females--four if you count the meteor, who's constantly referred to as a "bitch that needs drillin'," but she's a hell of a lot more developed and unpredictable than the other women characters combined. Sure, Bay's film creates some tension and contains some visceral moments, but if he can't create any redeemable characters outside of those in space, what's the point of saving the planet? --Dave McCoy
Really good movie. Will watch it over again. Nice in Blu-ray.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Reviewer
Amageddon, What a Classic........... All Star Cast, Lots of one liners. Quick delivery. ThanksPublished 2 days ago by Eric Franklin Smitley
My favorite all time movie! Adventure, comedy, romance, suspense - this movie has it all.Published 3 days ago by Sonia W. Scott
Not much to add as most other reviewers pretty much covered everything. This appears to be a love it or hate it flick. Most haters complain that it's not scientifically accurate. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Anonymous
Always a fun movie! Love the shotgunon oil rig. Got a real goo lsugh at Willis chucking golf balls at Liberal anti oil rig protesters!! The soundtrack is fantastic!! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sonoranliz
I love this movie, but I was not happy with the case that it was inPublished 5 days ago by Helen Miglorie
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|Difference between the Criterion version and regular one?||
While I haven't seen this movie at all and can't speak specifically about it, I do have a substantial number of Criterion Collection movies. Generally, you can't go wrong with a Criterion edition because they have more extras and special features as well as always presenting the movie in its... Read More
Nov 26, 2007 by TC Williamson | See all 4 posts
|Is there a version of this movie with Anamorphic format"||
The Blu ray is 2:35 aspect ratio and this is the first time it has been anamorphic. All US dvd's have been non before this.
Apr 28, 2010 by Damon | See all 4 posts
|Definately not worth 20 bucks please||
agreed. I'm in for $15.
Apr 27, 2010 by Michael J. Russo | See all 4 posts
|Blu-Ray Special Features?||
Nothing much in the way of Special Features, just the following:
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Jun 22, 2010 by Joen | See all 2 posts
|Why this movie don't have Subtitles or Audio in Spanish?||
The Blu ray has them both.
Apr 28, 2010 by Damon | See all 2 posts
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