WHAT it’s about: When NASA discovers an asteroid the size of Texas is on a collision-course to Earth, they enlist an unlikely troupe of oil drillers (including an overprotective father and a young hotshot who happens to be in love with his boss’ daughter) to send into space and help drill into the asteroid and detonate a bomb in hopes that they can split the asteroid, before it hits Earth and obliterates all of mankind.
WHO’s in it: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Billy Bob Thornton, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan, Owen Wilson, William Fichtner
WHEN it came out: 1998
HOW come you haven’t heard of (or just seen) it: Depending on how old you were when this came out, you may have been too young to watch it, or saw it but don’t quite remember it. Also, Michael Bay wasn’t exactly a big deal just yet (this was the first movie he produced), so it may not have been on your radar until his notoriety built (read: skyrocketed with Transformers) with some of his other flicks.
WHY you need to watch it–immediately!
- Action, romance, tears–this movie has it all.
- The perfect juxtaposition of serious and silly moments that have you chuckling one minute and reaching for the tissues the next.
- While you may remember watching this movie, you probably don’t remember how amazing it was (or how much you cried)–if you need a good cry, this is your flick.
- Award-worthy movies that didn’t win any [real] awards are always the best kinds of movies.
- An all-around amazing cast of characters who give beyond-believable nail-biting performances and almost (if it weren’t for the late-90s special effects and slightly unrealistic space scenarios) convince you that the fate of the world is in peril.
- A young Ben Affleck and an almost-unknown Owen Wilson (who seems like he hasn’t aged a day)–need I say more?
- Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”: One of the best-placed songs in a movie that I’ve seen in a long time.