Director Michael Bay's end of the world disaster film, 1998's Armageddon is a very well made piece of typical summer confection. It has action, solid visual effects and a great cast, willing to just go with the material, like the viewers, having fun the whole time. The film's many critics should read this companion and then they might not be as harsh about the movie.
Author Mark Cotta Vaz, who also takes readers behind the camera of the first two Spider Man films, does another through job here. His text takes you from pre-production, filming, post production, and peppers it with comments from both cast/crew about the project The 176 page book is written in an easy going fun style just as the film itself. His examination of Armageddon is neither written over the head, or dumbed down, for the reader. There are dozens of color photos, sketches and effects shot breakdowns. A highlight of the book for me was reading comments from the film's NASA consultants-really cool stuff. Director Michael Bay writes the book's introduction.
For film buffs this is a must read. Armageddon is not a perfect film. For what it is, it works, and is better than some think it is. Recommended. **** and a half stars