Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck
Remember 1995, when all of Hollywood apparently decided that the world was going to come to an end? Let’s relive those halcyon days with today’s Blockbuster Disaster movie challenge! Coincidentally, after watching that Hayley Mills Disney movie lovefest yesterday, all I really wanted to do was blow up the Earth!
A giant asteroid is headed toward the Earth, and if it isn’t somehow stopped, it’ll destroy all life on the entire planet. Luckily Billy Bob Thornton and his NASA engineers have come up with a plan to blow it up, but first they have to drill deep enough into it that it’ll work. Enter a team of oil drillers with bad attitudes, led by Bruce Willis. Do they have “the right stuff” to save the world? Barely!
I remember this movie being bad, but I didn’t realize just HOW bad it was. For instance, I didn’t realize that EVERY CHARACTER IS THE SAME. They’re not even people, they’re just quip delivery systems. And if you add in the gaggingly-bad romance subplot between Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler, there isn’t a moment of the film you can’t hate. Oh, Liv Tyler’s in this? The daughter of Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, who did THE ENTIRE SOUNDTRACK? Huh. What a crazy coincidence.