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Armageddon–A Movie Review Introduction Disaster movies caught the interest of the film viewers since the end of the world controversy. In 1998, Touchstone Pictures released a movie of the same genre entitled Armageddon. The popularization of the Earth’s last days, the beginning of darkness, and the end of all life forms would all boil down to one agent: Hollywood. The list of famous actors in the long cast credits, together with the aid of visual and sound effects plus the degree of interest of the story line are the ingredients of producing a blockbuster movie where Armageddon is one. Armageddon: Acting, Musical Score and Cinematography The combination of drama, love story, and humor helped in the development of plot, although the main story is about a rogue comet about to hit the Earth’s surface, which would define the fulfillment of the Armageddon prophecy found in the Book of Revelations in the Bible. The comet possesses a gigantic size that it would be impossible to destroy it using a nuclear weapon coming from the Earth’s surface, which leaves NASA to the possibility of drilling down to the comet itself, splitting it to half and preventing it from impacting the planet. Deep Impact, a movie of the same genre came out before Armageddon. However, according to Leong, Armageddon has done what Deep Impact has failed to do. Deep Impact failed to leave an emotional mark to its audience due to an excessive presentation of characters and vague subplots. Armageddon on the other hand, provided a cathartic effect to its viewers, in the array of professional and award-winning actors. A favorite scene would include the part when Grace Stamper (Liv Tyler) and her dad Harry (Bruce Willis) exchange goodbyes through a television monitor live where the comet is located (Armageddon). Tyler begs his dad not to do mission, in an attempt to save his life while Willis tries to explain to her subtly why is he doing it and gives her relationship with A.J. (Ben Affleck) a blessing, which adds up to the emotional intensity of the scene. In the beginning was a narration of how the Earth was destroyed by a piece of rock and turned it into a cold planet. While in the background was an orchestration of music which has a tone of fear and death. Trevor Rabin’s musical score for Armageddon not only gives life to the totality of the movie but also heightens whatever excitement the viewers have. Lindahl agreed to this statement by saying that the musical score was a superb action score that will rock your house and get your adrenaline pumping. One important aspect is the musical score’s parallel relationship with the scenes. The movie’s cinematography offers a vivid picture of each scene which is a mix of realistic and artistic creation. Conclusion An overall rating of the movie would lead to a recommendation of the movie to other audience. While the story line is not at all great, what makes the movie good is the fact that it successfully mixes the other genres such as romantic and comedy, through the sub-plot love story of Grace and A.J. and the humorous lines by some comic relief character like Owen Wilson. Works Cited Armageddon. Dir. Michael Bay. Perf. Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson, William Fitchner, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steve Buscemi, and Liv Tyler. Touchstone Pictures, 1998. Film. Leong, Anthony. Armageddon Movie Review. Media Circus. Media Circus, 1998. Web. 10 Jan. 2011. . Lindahl, Andreas. Armageddon: Reviews. Soundtrack Magazine. filmmusicsite.com, 10 Aug. 2010. Web. 10 Jan. 2011. .

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