Nobody goes into a massively expensive and effects-driven Hollywood blockbuster expecting scientific rigor — unless Christopher Nolan is involved — so everyone knew their brains had to be left firmly to the door when it’s Michael Bay Armageddon came to town.
It was a treat for all involved, having easily defeated the epic apocalyptic extravaganza Deep Impact in the asteroid-enhanced adventures of Battle of 1998, with Bay’s incredibly silly story ending up as the year’s highest-grossing release after grossing an impressive $554 million at the box office.
Of course, scientists and scholars were roiled by virtually everything that transpired on the screen, to the extent that it was reported that NASA was using the film as part of its training program to test potential new hires on how many Things They Do Wrong The proven inaccuracies amount to well over 150.
One of ArmageddonThe most underrated elements of didn’t even make it to theaters either, although Ben Affleck’s DVD commentary was a work of genius. The actor can barely contain his disbelief at virtually anything that unfolds, and when he asked Bay why they wouldn’t just train astronauts to drill because it would be easier and cheaper, he was immediately told to shut up.
That’s the sci-fi spectacle in a nutshell, though, and one of the many reasons it’s still so popular a quarter-century later. To emphasize this feeling Armageddon was on a collision course with the streaming charts all weekend, according to FlixPatrol, which unveiled the high-calorie piece of cinema cheese as the seventh most watched feature on Amazon around the world.
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