Directed by Michael Bay
Genres - Action | Sub-Genres - Sci-Fi Action, Sci-Fi Disaster Film | Release Date - Jul 1, 1998 (USA) | Run Time - 153 min. | Countries - United States | MPAA Rating - PG13
Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
Michael Bay (The Rock) directed this science fiction action thriller in the When Worlds Collide tradition. After astronomy students discover a comet-asteroid collision, an asteroid fragment "the size of the Super Dome" threatens. It's destroyed by a secret USA defense in space, but a large chunk veers off toward Singapore. With another asteroid "the size of Texas" en route, a plan is devised to send oil drillers to land on the asteroid and drop a nuclear device down a 1000-foot shaft, a scheme calculated to crack the asteroid into two halves, saving Earth. NASA begins a crash program to train beer-besotted oil roughnecks for the mission. During a stopover to refuel at the Mir Station, the space station is accidentally destroyed, so a Russian cosmonaut also joins the team. Produced by Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer (Con Air), and Gale Anne Hurd (The Relic, The Abyss).
asteroid, collision-course, earth, mission [quest], astronaut, oil-rig
High Budget, High Production Values