10 Movie "Plot Holes" You're Getting Completely Wrong

9. Armageddon - Why Drillers, Not Astronauts?

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Being a Michael Bay movie, Armageddon is best viewed as a cheesy slice of blockbuster entertainment, not a scientifically-accurate drama about the end of the world.

But that hasn't stopped people from taking issue with the movie's plot, with a lot of fans pointing out that the decision to send a team of drillers into space - as opposed to teaching professional astronauts how to drill, and sending them instead - is a plot hole, and doesn't make one lick of sense no matter which way you look at it.

There are arguments to be made on both sides, absolutely, but something that a lot of people seem to overlook is the fact that the movie directly addresses this "problem", providing its own explanation in the process.

While discussing NASA's plan for stopping the impending meteor, driller Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis, back when he still cared) points out that while trained astronauts are obviously well-equipped for dealing with the hostilities of space, "they don't know jack about drilling", because "it's an art".

With the fate of the world at stake - and the only way to save it is by drilling into the meteor - it only makes sense to use trained and experienced drillers. At least, according to Armageddon.

As a side note, it's not like they were sent to space alone, either: NASA's people got them there and back again, so this mission was more like a combined effort between drillers and astronauts - Stamper's team didn't do everything.


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