Entertainment: +3 1/2
Acceptability: -2

In this much anticipated space-catastrophe adventure, Bruce Willis plays Harry Stamper, owner of an offshore oil drilling company who responds to an urgent call from the President of the U.S. NASA has discovered that a huge asteroid the size of Texas is hurtling toward earth which will literally destroy mankind if it reaches its destination. Willis and his personally selected drilling team agree to be transported to the approaching asteroid to destroy it. The drilling team plans to drill an 800 foot hole in the asteroid, place a nuclear bomb in the hole and detonate the bomb soon after they depart for earth. Little do they know how dangerous, intense and exciting their mission will be. Almost non-stop harrowing crises aboard the two space shuttles and on the rugged asteroid will hold audiences on the edge of their seats. Frequently, the action is so frantic and intense that it is difficult to understand the dialogue and what is transpiring. Also, a romance between Harry's daughter, Grace (Liv Tyler) and one of the men on the drilling team (Ben Affleck) adds spice and pathos to the drama. The spectacular special effects, action and pathos in ARMAGEDDON make it a sure-fire box office winner.

Taking its name from a battle described in the Bible which will end all things on earth, ARMAGEDDON has some sincere, touching remarks about praying to God and asking for His protection, care and blessing. These remarks are made by NASA leaders and men on the drilling team. Also encouraging, Harry and his daughter share a strong bond and love and he is determined to protect her anyway he can. Unfortunately, Grace and her fiancee on the drilling team may have been engaging in sex when Harry finds them in bed together. The sincere patriotism shown by the drilling team is refreshing, but most on the team live wild lives. Some of them celebrate their mission with a riotous night at a Las Vegas night club surrounded by show girls in revealing outfits. However, the most damaging aspect of the film is the use of many obscenities and profanities by the drilling team and others. These include one F-word, 8 S-words and 9 regular profanities. This is a very familiar pattern in today's films, namely, inserting a considerable amount of foul language in an otherwise reasonably decent film.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution Co.(Touchstone Pictures), 3900 W. Alameda Blvd., Burbank, CA 91521

Crude Language: Many (27) times - Mild 16, Moderate 11
Obscene Language: Many (21) times - (F-word 1, S-word 8, Other 12)
Profanity: Many (13) times - Regular 9( GD 6, J 1, God 1, Jeez 1)
Violence: Many times - Moderate but intense (shooting threats, fist fight, men killed in space, meteor showers severely damage cities and kill citizens, space station blown up and space ship damaged, many harrowing and dangerous experiences)
Sexual Intercourse: Implied once (unmarried man and woman in bed together, no nudity)
Nudity: Near nudity - few times (show girls in revealing clothing; woman with open blouse exposing bra)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times - Moderate (man and woman kiss and caress, woman with blouse open talks to fiancee)
Drug Abuse: Implied drinking in night club
Other: Comical references to female hygiene and hormones, remarks about praying and asking God's protection and blessing, strong father-daughter love, patriotism.
Running Time: 135 minutes
Intended Audience: Persons over 13 years of age.

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