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April 23, 2009 / ronkenner

I just watched Armageddon on TV. Here is the plot pulled from IMDB:

When the space shuttle is destroyed in outer space, astronomers at NASA discover that a meteor shower is pelting away at earth and that a huge asteroid, capable of destroying the planet is headed for a direct hit with the planet. With all options too fantastic to implement before collision, NASA decides to recruit the world’s best oil drillers to land on the asteroid, drill a hole, drop a nuclear bomb into the hole, then take off and remotely detonate the bomb. For the drill team, they select Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) and his crew that includes tough guy-softie Bear (Michael Clarke Duncan), brilliant smart-ass Rockhound (Steve Buschemi), A.J. (Ben Affleck) the overeager fiancee of his independent daughter (Liv Tyler), and spacy Oscar (Owen Wilson). It’s a race against time to get the drillers trained, land them on the asteroid and get the hole drilled before earth is destroyed. Billy Bob Thornton stars as NASA Director Dan Truman. Jason Isaacs, Eddie Griffin, Mark Curry, and Ellen Cleghorne (her cameo is HILARIOUS) co-star.

It makes me think of how the FED is trying to tackle the financial crisis. In the film of course it all works out and humankind is saved. In real life … maybe not.

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