Week 5: Final Film Critique
ENG 225: Introduction to Film
Instructor Stephanie Miclot
03 Mar 2014
I have chosen the film Armageddon as the final film critique in this course. Armageddon was released to the America in 1998. The film was directed by Michael Bay, and written by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Hensleigh. While there were a number of high-profile actors in this film, the undoubtedly biggest stars in this film were Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thorton, Ben Affleck, and Liv Tyler. (Imdb, 2008). Armageddon was a movie with a lot of potential, that was poorly written from the start and dismally executed on screen. While I am a fan of quite a few cast members, I was disappointed ...view middle of the document...
“To put this in perspective, consider the following analogy. An 800-foot hole in a 300-mile-sized asteroid is like a pin-sized hole no deeper than a scratch in a ten-foot rock. Scaling things down to life size, the explosion of a hydrogen bomb would roughly be like lighting a match. Can the ignition of such a match split a ten-foot rock?” (Jupiter Scientific, 2008, para.10). It appears that logic and simple mathematics were overlooked by the writers, while writing this film. One may believe the alternate themes may be that teams need to work together and communicate with all means possible. Some could say that they should have trust as well as belief in all members. NASA must learn to take criticism while giving control over to men they would not normally have anything to do with. Once NASA picked the team they have to learn how to train them without overwhelming them. They have to arrive on the asteroid in order to dig an 800 foot hole to drop the bomb into. One may say that the movie tells of the love between Harry and Grace and, of course, the love AJ and Grace have for each other. Harry just is not ready to give up his little girl and fights their relationship. A few members were willing to sacrifice themselves for the world.
One of the few things that seemed to save the audience from completely giving up, and detaching, was the superb acting. When the camera was not all over the place in a desperate attempt to create a sci-fi thriller, and remained focused on the characters themselves, the cast did an amazing job playing their character’s roles. For instance, the night before the crew embarked on their mission to save the world, and was launched into space, they used their final night to enjoy themselves. At this point, the audience is finally afforded a glimpse at the characters, and start to connect to the personalities of Earth’s future heroes. Each character came from distinctly different walks of life . Some criminals, others fathers, and average men. All of the character’s roles were portrayed brilliantly by their respective actor/actress. The main characters all had a personality that changed completely by the end of the movie. The characters are dynamic because they use their intelligence, begin to focus on the mission, they use the sadness to make them stronger, and they lose their cockiness in order to stay alive and work as a team.
Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) has been drilling for over 20 years, he owns his own drilling company. At the beginning Harry was immature everything seems to be a game to him always willing to gamble to prove a point. Harry accepted the job because he knew he was the best man for it. He always tries to prove to Grace that he is a mature...