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Armageddon Review

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  • 25

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    An assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained.

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Bay doesn't stage scenes, exactly -- he stages moments.

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  • 63

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Armageddon is a testosterone and adrenaline cocktail, with almost no intelligence added for flavoring.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It looks like a TV ad, or 200 of them strung together, with the same kind of gaudy virtuosity, lavish technique and expensive self-mockery tinging every shot.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Giant-sized end-of-the-world scenario too scary for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie was a hit summer blockbuster from 1998 about an asteroid that threatens to wipe out the Earth; only a team of scruffy, outcast drillers can save the day. It's a very typical, traditional disaster movie, with massive amounts of destruction and the onscreen deaths of both major and minor characters. It contains middling amounts of language and some sexual situations, but the main concern is the intensity of the violence. The entire scenario -- the possible extinction of absolutely everything and everyone on Earth -- may be a bit too much for younger viewers.

  • Families can talk about the film's violence and destruction. Was it frightening, or thrilling? Why do you think it made you feel that way?
  • How would you feel if you found out the Earth was ending in just a matter of days? What would you do with the time? Would you risk everything for a chance to save the Earth?
  • The main characters, the drillers, were all misfits and outcasts, gamblers, drug users, womanizers, quick-tempered, foul-mouthed, etc. How did you like them as you met them onscreen? How much did you trust them with the fate of the Earth?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Since the asteroid hurtling toward Earth is just a random act, the movie doesn't really have an overt message, but a smaller one is the sheer self-preservation instinct that humans have. A number of people combine forces to save the lives of everyone else on the planet; it's a good example of teamwork and problem-solving.

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    Role models: The movie likes to play with the idea of the scruffy, outcasts becoming the movie's heroes, so it's arguable whether any of them make good role models. For example, Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) is cantankerous, quick to anger, and overprotective of his daughter, but underneath, he's a genuinely good man who sacrifices everything to save the ones he loves.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Contains heavy fantasy violence, with giant asteroids crashing into earth, and massive destruction. Several characters -- both major and minor -- die onscreen. One character tries to shoot another with a gun, and the scene is played for laughs. There is also plenty of verbal sparring and arguing.

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    Sex: A.J. and Grace are seen in bed together, twice, with plenty of flirting and kissing, although the movie makes it clear that they are in love and are planning to marry. One character goes to a strip club, though no nudity is seen. Michael Clarke Duncan's bare behind can be glimpsed in one shot.

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    Language: We hear at least two uses of "s--t," plus "ass," "damn," "hell," "horny," "Jesus" and "God."

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    Consumerism: The movie Star Wars is mentioned at least once.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters sit in bars, though no one actually appears to drink onscreen. There is also some discussion of the various drugs that characters have tried in the past (including horse tranquilizers).