Category Action , Adventure , Sci-Fi
Year: 1998
Time: 150 minutes
Production: Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Director: Michael Bay
Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steve Buscemi, Owen Wilson, Will Patton, William Fichtner
MPAA PG-13 / UK12
Our Rating 6/10 - About an hour too long. Or maybe two.
Watchability 7/10 - Once you get past the plot holes and just enjoy it
Contributed by Jordan Taylor
Tag-line Take the Ride of Your Life!

An asteroid the size of Texas is on a collison course with earth. NASA have been a little careless and only wake up to the threat when giant meteors the size of cars strike major cities around the world. With 18 days to find an answer, they reach out to Harry Stamper and his crew - the best drillers known to man, to launch them out onto the asteroid, drill 800ft into the middle of it and drop in a few nuclear bombs. Will Harry's team be sent into orbit, with other teams from around the world, with plenty of time to complete the mission ... or will they waste time with pointless exercises and a last night farewell party to leave the fate of mankind to the very last possible second?

So, how does it end?

AJ, Bear and the Russian are the only survivors from the second shuttle. They climb into the armored "Armadillo" vehicle, shoot through the shuttle wall, and drive off into the sunset aimlessly - not sure where to go, and not wanting to help the cause by drilling.

Back on the ground they have regained contact with Harry and Colonel's Sharp's shuttle. The drilling isn't going so well and they have just managed a little over 50ft of their 800ft target. The decision is made by the President to remotely detonate the nuclear bomb. Sharp wants the team back inside the shuttle to take off immediately and pulls a gun on Harry.

Harry somehow convinces Sharp to let him continue digging, even though it's not working out, and with the help of Truman to stop the uplink they turn off the timer. The other bomb in the second shuttle still explodes ruining everyone's day!  No wait, everyone has forgotten about that one. We're ok.

Rockhound soon suffers from space dementia and is useless. The big guy in Harry's Armadillo hits a gas fissue and is blown out into space.

At this moment AJ appears on the horizon, and the team can start digging again.

Without much time to spare, AJ uses his "skills" (which is basically to tell the team to keep digging, even when it seems they should stop), and although they are drilling through impenetrable iron plates they reach the 800ft depth in super slick time and many hours faster than the best computers known to man could estimate through softer rocks with undamaged machinery and more men. Who needs Bill Gates when you have Harry and AJ.

They drop in the bomb - but suddenly realise that someone must stay behind to detonate it. They all volunteer. They draw straws and AJ is picked. Harry escorts him out the shuttle - then tears out his oxygen, throws him back inside, and tells him to take care of his daughter. It's a good job AJ doesn't suffocate.

The team fly out. Harry gets blown around a little, and with a second to spare detonates the asteroid. His life flashes before his eyes.

People all over the world, but mainly in India and hillbilly backwater US towns, see the explosion and start to celebrate. The asteroid splits in half and passes hundreds of miles either side of earth - probably taking out Venus. Also seems the NASA computer had that one wrong too - they could have managed another minute or two inside easily.

The shuttle lands. The survivors open the doors to find that the world is being ran by darn dirty apes!! No one saw that coming.

No wait, the survivors are heroes. Rockhound is back to reality and finds his stripper. Colonel Sharp shakes Grace's hand as she is the daughter of the "bravest man he has ever known". Grace is happy to see AJ and forgotten already about her old man.

In the credits we see the wedding of AJ and Grace, shot with a state-of-the-art 1960s video camera.

If this movie was filmed in 2011 it would surely be the Chinese sending rockets into space to save the rest of us! A bit of teamplay by NASA might have worked out best. And you can't be too happy about the outcome if you're French. No one ever thinks about the French.

So, even though Harry & Grace were flown by Helicopter from the South China Sea straight to NASA HQ for a quick meeting, the rest of his team had time to turn off the rig (even though they had just struck oil, so seems a little stupid), somehow catch flights to their homes all across the US and enjoy some time off before being picked up by the Feds??

AND, I know I'm not an easily weepy kind of movie-goer, but surely this was one of the worst examples of gunning for an emotional ending. Harry wasn't too bothered that the rest of his team had died in the other shuttle, and had never liked AJ which was pretty clear, yet all of a sudden (for no particular reason) changes his mind, says he loves him like a son, and wants him to be happy with his daughter??  Maybe he just wasn't a fan of flying.

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