As a massive asteroid hurtles toward Earth, NASA head honcho Dan Truman (Billy Bob Thornton) hatches a plan to split the deadly rock in two before it annihilates the entire planet, calling on Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) — the world’s finest oil driller — to head up the mission. With time rapidly running out, Stamper assembles a crack team and blasts off into space to attempt the treacherous task.

Director: Michael Bay
STC Genre: Dude with a Problem (Epic) – according to Blake. I’m thinking, it has very strong elements of Monster in the House (asteroid being the monster). Go figure…

Overall, the SFX are amazing, acting is quite decent, but the story is not as strong, and scientific goof-ups are unbelievably bad. Also, too much pipe! Bruce appears for the first time 12 min. in – another long stretch goes for characters intro. Paradoxically, the movie feels rather slow moving despite the supposedly fast action setup, and the actual fast action is just way too fast.

But the goof-ups really did it for me. I mean, docking to a spinning space station in manual mode? A fire on asteroid in a vacuum? O2 as a fuel? (what about H2 or similar component?) Leaking pipes on the Space Station (!) pumping liquid oxygen (!!) and a mad Russian astronaut in a monkey hat (!??) Oh boy…

In light of that, 10g acceleration for 10 minutes (!!!!) is a minor nuisance (do your math: 100m/s^2 * 600s = 60km/sec – on a single fuel tank! Wait, they still have enough fuel to return back to Earth!! Wow…).

“On that asteroid, a kick in the balls will send you to outer space” – sure, but firing a machine gun like a Terminator, or geting blown up with an explosive gas pocket will only get you flying a dozen feet till you crash back on the surface. The gravity is a mysterious thing…

Not to mention the remote bomb detonator – couldn’t they just set the clock to the moment of “zero plane crossing”? And the plan itself – even if I buy the blowing up part (but size of Texas? can you really blow up an iron rock the size of Texas?) – why drill if you can burn your way through with another nuke at high speed? Why sling-shot-around-the-Moon if you can aim the nuke right at it and detonate a millisecond before contact? So many smarter choices… But I’ll stop ranting. It sucks to know physics when all you want is to enjoy a movie 🙂