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original title: Armageddon
duration: 2h 31min
tags: Prepare to Fight Like There's No Tomorrow.
keywords: asteroid, astronaut, outerspace, bomb, meteorite, americanpresident, explodingbuilding, u.s.president, meteor, savingtheworld, maincharacterdies, gravitationalslingshot, gforce, extinction, artificial
GOOD STORY and GOOD actors !!! Sometimes the movie can't decide whether to tug REALLY HARD at the heart strings, or make you laugh at the zany oil riggers. An asteroid the size of Texas is on a collision course with Earth. NASA puts together a team of oil drillers, lead by Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis), considered to be the best deep core driller in the world, and plans to send them up to the asteroid in order to plant a nuclear warhead 800 feet deep inside of it. The hope is that the warhead will blow the asteroid into two pieces, both of which will safely fly past the earth. Armageddon is based on a screenplay by American screenwriters Jonathan Hensleigh, J.J. Abrams, and Robert Pool. The movie was subsequently novelized as Armageddon (1998) by M. C. Bolin. There is evidence that Earth was hit roughly 65 million years ago by a stellar object that was at least 6 miles wide. The impact location was in the Gulf of Mexico, just above the Yucatan peninsula (Chicxulub crater). This event would have caused giant tidal waves (tsunamis) and clouds of superheated vapor and dust, causing direct destruction. Moreover, the impact would have caused a chain reaction of global earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Indirect effects would be the mass production of carbon monoxide, causing a dramatic greenhouse effect, and the ejection of dust into the atmosphere, which would have seriously affected plantlife and the entire foodchain. This event is widely believed to be the cause of the massive extinction on Earth in that period. That said, not all life was obliterated; that is why we exist. There are, however, scientists who claim that the impact alone was not enough to create a total extinction. Some theories postulate that climate changes had already caused many species of dinosaurs to disappear, and that the meteor was yet another cause; other theories state that there were multiple impacts on other places and that the combined effect caused the extinction. Harry says no and explains that he has drilled all over the world for thirty years but still doesn't know everything. He calls drilling "an art", probably meaning that it is a profession that requires experience and instinct; not an exact science that can be simply taught in 12 days. Teaching drillers to be astronauts in 12 days would be easier, provided that they don't have to fly a shuttle or repair NASA machinery; they already have the physical build to survive the trip (at least most of them do), they are used to rough conditions, and they only need to learn to work in zero-g environments. The song is titled "Leaving on a Jet Plane". It was written by John Denver in 1966 and recorded by various artists, including the Chad Mitchell Trio, Spanky and Our Gang, and Peter, Paul and Mary. It's not entirely far-fetched. First off, Harry runs his own drilling company. He is in charge of an entire oil rig with dozens of employees, so he's likely got his hands full most of the time with managing his crew, the actual logistics of the well-drilling, dealing with AJ's insubordination and meeting his clients' needs. Also, there are likely rotating shifts on the rigs, so AJ (Ben Affleck) and Grace (Liv Tyler) wouldn't be on the rig 100% of their lives. Harry would likely spend more time on the rig than either of them. Thus, AJ and Grace may have started seeing each other off the rig and continued on and off. It's entirely possible that, when Harry catches them, it was the first time they had been on the rig at the same time while in a relationship or they simply stopped being so careful to hide their relationship from Harry himself. Some of the other workers on the rig also knew about Grace and AJ, and they could have helped the couple keep their relationship secret as well. There's a bit of fleeting dialog when Stamper's roughnecks are going through their NASA training: Harry says that they have to "split the asteroid on the fault line", meaning that there was a gigantic geographical crack already present in the asteroid