Armageddon (1998)

Rating: C+

Dir: Michael Bay
Star: Bruce Willis, Billy-Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck

America saves the world yet again, in this year’s Independence Day i.e. technically impressive, yet relentlessly predictable and emotionally vacuous. The killer asteroid has more personality than most of the characters (honourable exception: Steve Buscemi) and there is only one moment that has any resonance. Bruce Willis is…Bruce Willis, New York and Paris get taken out spectacularly, and no-one seems surprised that the vacuum of space is noisy as hell. Hey, who cares about the laws of physics when there is a THX sound system to (ab)use? Ok — I am being cynical here, and confess I did enjoy large chunks. But I have absolutely no interest in ever seeing it again.