"This movie was bad. But Deep Impact was much worse."
Loud, dizzy, dumb. But Affleck's in it.I guess if you check your brain at the door (as you should during big ol' summer movies, anyway) this movie isn't so bad. But it grated me.
Forget the physics and the impossibility of noticing something the size of Texas only a month or so before it's supposed to flatten the better part of the Earth.
Forget How Steve Buscemi gets on your nerves, since all he's doing is acting out the same role from Con Air.
Forget how Liv Tyler sort of just looks pretty but never actually acts all that well.
Forget the choppy cut-cut-cut style of directing of Michael Bay, who just needs to go back to Meat Loaf videos.
What is worthy of your attention in Armageddon is the performances of Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck. It's ironic to me that two actors who have made their fame in indie films get cast in such a big summer blockbuster, because you just know they're gonna mop the floor, acting-wise, with every other cast member. And they do.
Affleck's the only one who rises above the bad jokes (and worse script), and Thornton's just plain intense in a supporting role.
Oh, and Paris gets levelled. Almost worth the price of admission alone.
But it's just not enough.
Maybe I'm just tired of movies where a big rock is threatening the Earth.It's not horribly bad. Just bad.