ARMAGEDDON
It was the biggest grossing movie during the summer of '98. It's about underdogs, ordinary guys who go on a journey into space to save the world.  Sounds messianic doesn't it?
Reviews by
MIKE FURCHES and DAVID BRUCE




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May 21, 2005

It's Closer Than You Think.
Heads Up!

Directed by Michael Bay
Screenplay: Jonathan Hensleigh and Jeffrey Abrams
Story: Robert Roy Pool and Jonathan Hensleigh
Adaptation: Tony Gilroy and Shane Salerno

Bruce Willis .... Harry S. Stamper
Billy Bob Thornton .... Dan Truman
Ben Affleck .... A.J. Frost
Liv Tyler .... Grace Stamper
Will Patton .... Charles "Chick" Chapple
Steve Buscemi .... Rockhound
William Fichtner .... Colonel William Sharp
Owen Wilson .... Oscar Choi
Michael Clarke Duncan .... Jayotis 'Bear' Kurleenbear
Peter Stormare .... Lev Andropov
Ken Campbell .... Max Lennert

Produced by Kenny Bates (associate producer) Michael Bay (producer) Jerry Bruckheimer (producer) Jonathan Hensleigh (executive producer) Gale Anne Hurd (producer) Chad Oman (executive producer) Pat Sandston (associate producer) Jim Van Wyck (executive producer) Barry H. Waldman (associate producer) (as Barry Waldman) Original music by Harry Gregson-Williams (additional music) Trevor Rabin Cinematography by John Schwartzman (I) Film Editing by Mark Goldblatt Chris Lebenzon Glen Scantlebury

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi disaster action, sensuality and brief language.


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Armageddon: The Album [SOUNDTRACK] Various Artists - Song Collections
1. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing 2. Remember Me - Journey 3. What Kind of Love Are You On 4. La Grange 5. Roll Me Away 6. When the Rainbow Comes 7. Sweet Emotion 8. Mister Big Time 9. Come Together 10. Wish I Were You 11. Starseed 12. Leaving On A Jet Plane - Chantal Kreviazuk 13. Theme from Armageddon 14. Animal Crackers
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STUDIO SYNOPSIS:
Grossing more than 200 million dollars domestically during its initial box office run in 1998, Bay's loud, fast spectacle is a love-it or hate-it archetype of the big budget studio action film at the century's end. Made with lots of money ($140 million!), a strong cast and tons of special effects, ARMAGEDDON tells the tale of a team of oilmen called in by the president to land on a Texas-sized asteroid approaching Earth and blast it into pieces before it ends life as we know it. Huge plot holes, some of the quickest cutting seen in film, and occasionally unconvincing special effects will not deter those who approach it seeking two and a half hours of full-throttle, flag waving cinematic rush.
 
Review By
DAVID BRUCE (1998)
meteor.gif (5999 bytes)This is "Independence Day meets Apollo 13" and "The Dirty Dozen" in space! It's an asteroid movie with heroics. It's about underdog, ordinary guys who go on a journey in space to save the world.  Sounds messianic doesn't it?  Bruce Willis leads a ragtag group of oil riggers into space to drill into and nuke an Earth-threatening asteroid the size of Texas.  Same basic idea as Deep Impact.  The filmmakers didn't seem to be very concerned about the competition.  They said that Armageddon is broader in scope and had a better opening date (4th of July weekend vs. May 8).
armageddon1.gif (30913 bytes)Poor New York.  First the Devil's Advocate arrives, then Mimic, then Godzilla, then Deep Impact and now the asteroids of Armageddon!  New York seems to be the new symbol of Babylon. The Bible says that in the last days the stars will fall from heaven.  This movie is about that. Hence the name.
armageddon2.gif (35018 bytes)This film is not as spiritual as Deep Impact.  But, it is the better film.  My 14 year old daughter loved it and even cried during the father and daughter scenes at the end of the film.  The film is about the importance of relationships and family.  It features a dad who really cares about his daughter. 
armageddon3.gif (27018 bytes)A human sacrifice is necessary to save the world.  Willis is the one who willingly gives up his life so the world can be saved.  There are some similarities between this film and The Fifth Element. In both films the earth is doomed and Bruce Willis is given the task of saving it.  Except in this film he must die to save it.  Jesus said, "No greater love has anyone than the one who lays down their life for another."
FATHER AND DAUGHTER
Review By MIKE FURCHES (2001)

Mike Furches mike@furches.org
Web site www.furches.org
Mike is a motivational speaker currently touring the country. He works at the Westport Mennonite Brethren Church and assists other churches in developing better outreach programs. He writes and does consultations. In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film. Mike is pictured with his wife and music band "Route 66."

Click to enlargeClick to enlargeThere are many components of this film that I have heard others criticize but, as a father who has a daughter, I must say that it was nice to see a film where there is real love between the two. I have seen a number of Bruce Willis films and have to say that this was one of my favorites. The story, while playing on emotions, is a little out there, but it is still enjoyable. It is also nice to see redeeming values in characters that others see as rough.

Are there deep spiritual overtones in this film? Not really, unless you consider the fact that Armageddon can help strengthen the relationship between father and child. It kind of did that for me. I remember seeing the film with my daughter and placing myself in the situation of what all would I do for someone I love?

While Armageddon has been on video for some time now, it is still worth getting and watching. It is a film that gives ample opportunity to talk about life and death as well as the redeeming value of individuals many may consider undesirable. Also it is a fun movie and there is nothing wrong with that.

On a scale of 1 - 10, Let's go with a 7
- Mike Furches

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ARMAGEDDON in the Bible
(the hill or city of Megiddo). The site of the final battle of this age in which God intervenes to destroy the armies of Satan and to cast Satan into the bottomless pit.
Revelation 16:16-21
"And they gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place called Armageddon in Hebrew. Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a mighty shout came from the throne of the Temple in heaven, saying, "It is finished!" Then the thunder crashed and rolled, and lightning flashed. And there was an earthquake greater than ever before in human history. The great city of Babylon split into three pieces, and cities around the world fell into heaps of rubble. And so God remembered all of Babylon's sins, and he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath. And every island disappeared, and all the mountains were leveled. There was a terrible hailstorm, and hailstones weighing seventy-five pounds fell from the sky onto the people below. They cursed God because of the hailstorm, which was a very terrible plague." -New Living Translation

There is a very interesting scripture in the Bible that ties together Armageddon and the "falling stars" from heaven: It is Judges 5:19-20

"The kings of Canaan fought at Taanach near Megiddo's springs, but they carried off no treasures of battle.
The stars fought from heaven.
The stars in their orbits fought against Sisera." -NLT

SMITH'S BIBLE DICTIONARY:
The scene of the struggle of good and evil is suggested by that battle-field, the plain of Esdraelon, which was famous for two great victories, of Barak over the Canaanites and of Gideon over the Midianites; and for two great disasters, the deaths of Saul and Josiah. Hence it signifies in Revelation a place of great slaughter, the scene of a terrible retribution upon the wicked. The Revised Version gives the name as Har-Magedon, i.e., the hill (as Ar is the city) of Megiddo.—Ed.)

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RELATED NEWS
JOHN GLENN:
RENEWED FAITH IN OUTER SPACE.

   
 ( Nov. 1, 1998) John Glenn's return to space has reinvigorated his faith. The experiences of seeing the Earth from the vantage point of 340 miles up "only strengthens my beliefs," he said during a news conference from the space capsule. The 77-year-old Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) elder said he prays every day and believes that "everybody should." Glenn said he was healthy, sleeping well, and keeping busy as the subject of research and a part-time scientist, news reports said.
      John Glenn is not alone in finding renewed faith in the heavens. Several astronauts say they feel in awe of God while looking down at the Earth. The crew of Apollo 8 read from Genesis while making the first flight around the moon. The first liquid poured and food eaten on the moon occurred when Buzz Aldrin took Communion, the San Jose Mercury News said. Apollo astronaut Jim Irwin became an evangelist. Astronaut Tammy Jernigan talked about her Christian faith during a live broadcast from a shuttle three years ago.
...Shannon Lucid, the daughter of missionaries, took a minister's sermons up on the Russian space\ station Mir. When it was damaged in a crash, one of the cosmonauts' first broadcasts was to thank God that they survived. Astronauts reportedly have held an active Bible study among themselves.
..."To look up out at this kind of creation and not believe in God is to me impossible," Glenn said during a news conference from space Nov. 1, 1998

CONGRATULATIONS TO MR BRUCE WILLIS
Subject: Armageddon
Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001
From: Ahmed .

Hi Mr.Brus Willis . My name is Ahmed Abd Al-Fattah Mohamed Abo Saba`a . I am from egypt , cairo I send this e-mail for Mr. Bruse Willis because i am impressed by him & to congratulate for his film (( Armageddon & his new films )) but ( Armageddon ) is otherness because it is fantastic & Mr. Bruce Willis was appeared his creativity in his film . I love his films because it is fantastic & terrific

Thank you very much .
yours Ahmed

HUGE BRUCE WILLIS FAN
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999
From: "Marjolaine Bourget"

Being a great Bruce Willis fan(not to much but just enough), I enjoyed watching this movie. I particularly liked the fact that Harry Stamper, the guy that saves the world, is a normal human being, even a little disfunctionate (at least with his daughter). It gives a little credibility to the movie. I also liked your review of the movie. I found your site while browsing through Armageddon sites. The Jesus in your title caught my attention since I'm a believer. Your reviews are, I think, down to earth and interesting. Thank you for offering a christian point of view about seculiar movies. It is not because a movie was made by a non-believer that it is not good. Most of all, we don't even know if the guy who made this movie is or isn't a believer. Thanxs.
Marjolaine
tizzoune@hotmail.com

NO WAY FROM NO WHERE
April 17, 1999.

Hi. my name is Meg Han and I enjoyed this movie alot. I kind of see were you get your comparison about this and the armagedon in the bible. It is so amazing to me how people can not believe the bible with all that "world" out there. Look at all those yet undiscovered things & places out there. There is NO way that all just came out of no where! This movie could get someone thinking about that though because what are the people who are left behind gonna do when the tribulation of war comes or the hail storm. Are they gonna try and fix that. They need to keep the fact seperate from fiction! Thank you for your time. In Him, Meg Han

INTERESTING ENDING
Feb 15 1999,

I found it rather interesting that the movie ends with a wedding feast. Did anyone else catch this? -Shawn Willox

A "WICKED" MOVIE
Feb 2 1999,

This was a wicked movie the part at the end when the daughter talks to her dad was so sad I balled I couldn't handle that. Bear and AJ and Harey were my favorite!!!!

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Dec 28, 1998.
Thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Was surprised by the ending, this is a real tear jerker. Love the sound track. I am not a teenager, but do enjoy sci-fi this was a good movie. Star
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Dec 27,1998.
After watching this so called movie...rather a joke.. I am assured that Bruce Willis' acting is the star rating of the movie itself. (-0) Boy...what a flop! -No name
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The story itself is not interesting at all. Independence day, Deep Impact and Armageddon. Why always the nation to save the world is America?  Yuko / Japan. Dec 13
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Russian astronout looks not really!!! it's bad very bad on you!!! -Vasya
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Bruce Willis must be a very good actor, because he prayed in this movie, when in fact he doesn't even believe in GOD!!!! So in my opinion he should win a Academy award. I guess you can see I don't think to much of Brucey.
Later, Greg
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More.
Hello, I am very interested in your comparison of the movie "Armageddon" to the story of Jesus. I am a religion studies student at the University of Arizona. I went to see "Armageddon" tonight and kept thinking that it would make a great honors thesis. So I got on the net and found your sight. I was wondering if you had any other observations to share. If you have any thoughts, I would really appreciate hearing them. thanks for your sight, I
look forward to new postings!
Regards, Sam.

MY RESPONSE
Sam, I think it would be hard to compare the Jesus story to Armageddon as there is no resurrection in Armageddon. Although, it relates most in the area of sacrifice. The story of Jesus compares better with Superman, 5th Element, Point of No Return, Nikita, Gattaca, Soylent Green, even Rambo (First Blood), etc. BTW have you seen Zorro? There is a death and resurrection scene in it. Well written movie. Zorro has a dual identity like Jesus and is a savior/man. Zorro = Jesus. If you are compelled to do Armageddon I would suggest focusing on its end-of-the-world biblical themes (as also in popular culture in general) in relation with Y2K. Or even, the recent men as responsible fathers in current films, especially father - daughter themes, as in: Armageddon, Mulan, Zorro, Lethal Weapon 4, Deep Impact, One Simple Truth, Les Miserables, it's incredible. Compare machismo of Lethal Weapon 1 to LW4. When did you ever see Bruce Willis as care giving father who cries and even mutters a prayer as in Armageddon? Something revolutionary and refreshing is going on in popular culture. Keep in touch, I would love to help you as I can on your honors thesis.
Yours, David Bruce.

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