Cinema Short Takes: Armageddon: Insubstantial Impact

Insubstantial Impact

Another potentially planet-destroying asteroid is hurtling earthward, and it must be destroyed or diverted from its deadly path. Another group of astronauts must be dispatched into space to nuke it into some less antisocial mode. Again, an anxious world prays for deliverance.

Been there, done that. Just a month ago, come to think of it. Except that Armageddon, as directed by Michael Bay, doesn't give a hoot about making a deep, humanistic impact on us. Or even a shallow one. If it can be said to be about anything other than orchestrating the explosive string of special effects on which its...

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