Oct 30, 2019
Armageddon (1998) (part 3 of 13)
Okay, so let’s take inventory here. The earth is doomed, New York City has been mostly destroyed, pandemonium is ensuing from “Finland to South Carolina”… And on an oil drilling platform in the South China Sea (as the caption informs us), Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) is playing golf? I find this hard to swallow. Has he not been following the news? It would seem so, because he acts as if he hasn’t a care in the world.
He takes a swing, watches it fly for a moment, and then yells out, “Rise and shine!” [?] The errant ball hits a boat full of protesters chanting, “Stop the drilling!” over and over again. Apparently, Harry is playing a game of miniature golf in the middle of the ocean, and his intended target is a Greenpeace boat. Also, I don’t know if this was Bay’s little joke or not, but the Greenpeace protestors have the word “pollution” misspelled [!] on their professionally-made signs.
Harry turns to his buddy Chick (played by Will Patton) and asks, “What do you suppose they’re so mad about?” If I were Chick, I would have answered, “Well, if there was a guy standing on a drilling platform repeatedly launching golf balls at me, I’d be pretty pissed too.” Instead, Chick takes the easy way out and answers, “Well, I think they feel that drilling for oil is an evil thing.”