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Armageddon In 1998, Touchstone Pictures released Armaggedon, the most recent in a premillenial barrage of movies concentrated on the end of the planet. The film included a trendy Hollywood cast, headlined by Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Ben Affleck, and was directed by Michael Bay, whose previous film credits included the 1996 top ten hit, The Rock. Though Armageddon received nods from the Academy of Motion Pictures for Best Effects (Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects), Best Music (Song), and Best Sound, film critics Weren't so enthusiastic. On average, Armageddon received 11/2 to 2 celebrities. The American public, on the other hand, made Armageddon the 2nd most profitable film of 1998, exceeding its "sister" movie, Deep Impact, whose similar plot included an equally fashionable cast of characters, by over $60 million. In the end, Armageddon raked in over $201 million. The narrative begins as an amateur astronomer finds an asteroid "the size of Texas" a mere 18 times ahead of its collision with earth. In desperation, NASA recruits and trains a group of expert deep-core drillers, headed by Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis), to accompany a team of astronauts into space. Their intention is to land on the surface of the asteroid, plant nuclear bombs within its core, and detonate them remotely. The astronauts are billed with dividing the asteroid into two pieces until it reaches "zero obstruction" so it will handily bypass Earth. Harry's team of roughnecks spends under a week-and-a-half training for distance under the intense scrutiny of hypercritical police officers. Six days prior to the asteroid is scheduled to collide with the Earth, the assignment begins. Everything that can go wrong in distance does: among those shuttl...