It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Armageddon.

A “global killer” asteroid the size of Texas is on a collision course with Earth. Fortunately everybody has seen Deep Impact, and a motley crew of oil drillers (led by Bruce Willis) is sent into orbit to nuke it from within.

A major player in the ’90s disaster movie revival spearheaded by Independence Day, Twister, Volcano, et al, Armageddon delivers some seriously massive sequences of global destruction, but director Michael Bay is also focused on the very real human drama unfolding in the shadow of our imminent extinction. The film champions these selfless heroes risking everything for humanity, and concludes on a heart-wrenching note that’s driven home with an Aerosmith ballad that clobbers the emotions with all the power of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On.

Four reasons why Armageddon rocks

1. All the corny dialogue, macho posturing and spectacular VFX you want from a Michael Bay film.

2. Steven Tyler wailing on the soundtrack as his daughter Liv enjoys a tender moment with Ben Affleck, who rolls animal crackers across her belly.

3. The pulverising of Paris and the toppling of the Empire State Building.

4. Owen Wilson as the comic relief: “The thing that really drives me nuts is people who think Jethro Tull is just a person in the band.”

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Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.