So what happens isn't all that unexpected, but the way its portrayed is amazing. The movie starts with a bang (literally) with a very cool computer animation of the world being destroyed by an asteroid 65 million years ago. As the team of drillers is put together, there are some very humorous scenes, and some very touching scenes. A.J. is in love with Harry's daughter Grace (Liv Tyler), and the scenes with the three of them are quite moving. A few of the scenes even brought a lump to my throat. The special effects are spectacular. The action sequences are amazing. Bascially, everything you're looking for in a huge summer blockbuster is here. Lots of things blowing up. (Including New York. Why does everyone want to blow up New York? At least some other cities get destroyed in this movie.) Some very funny parts (including a send up of Godzilla early on). Some very moving parts (especially dealing with Harry and Grace) and a lot of action.
I know a lot of people think I over grade, and judging from some of the grades I have up now, maybe that's true. But I don't look at all movies from the eye of a critic. I look at movies from the eye of a fan. If I have fun at a movie, if I get to the end and want more, to me, that's a good movie. So sit back and try and relax, the world is on the verge of extinction, but with Bruce and the boys, you have nothing to worry about.