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Battlefield Earth

Action & Adventure and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Roger Christian

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  • Feb 16, 2002
BATTLEFIELD EARTH isn't one of the worst movies of all time. Nor is it that good of a movie either. What makes the movie seem worse than it really is, is the film's high production cost and great actors stuck in a movie that's really nothing more than glorified camp. A lot of the special effects would seem spectacular in a more unified picture. However, here they become objects to laugh and they lower the image of the film.

The cast in BATTLEFIELD EARTH has a tremendous depth of talent and skill. However, the plot of the movie is so convoluted, that all their talent is wasted. Nevertheless, sometimes even with a terrible script filled with plot holes and nonsense, a decent film can be made if all the actors are on the same track. Unfortunately, none of the actors seemed to know what to make of this movie. For most of the film, John Travolta appears to act like he knows this film is going to be pure camp. Yet, there are times when his performance takes a "serious" turn. That combined with the fact that this was his little pet project (one that he helped produce) makes one wonder if he actually realized how campy this film was going to be.

There are no doubts what Barry Pepper and Forest Whitaker were up to. Pepper pulls off quite a believable performance as Jonnie, the human who saves the Earth. Pepper seemed to think his role (and the movie) should be taken seriously. After all, even the films with the worst dialogue and plot can be improved with good acting. On the other hand, Whitaker acts as though he knew the film was pure camp and seemed to have a lot of fun making the movie.

Therein lies the problem with the film, the movie can't decide if it wanted to be taken at least somewhat seriously or if it wanted to become a campy classic.Such a shame.

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October 24, 2011
You're a little kinder to this one, but all the reviews for this one have said just how bad it was. Thanks for the review!
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review by . October 23, 2011
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I heard about this movie when it came out eleven years ago and haven't seen it until the summer of 2009. I remember seeing stuff about it when it was released and everyone rightfully said "You don't want to see that, it's one of the worst movies of all time." I saw this last Friday and I wasn't expecting this to be any good at all, I saw it because this has so much notoriety surrounding it, I just had to see how loathsome it was with my own eyes. Trust me, every bad …
review by . March 27, 2004
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This is the worst science fiction movie that I have ever seen, which is saying a lot. Shortly after it first came out, I read the book, Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, and enjoyed it. It was written in the style of science fiction in the early years of the twentieth century and had an engaging plot, although the ending was absurd.    This movie only loosely follows the book and the plot is a joke. The ending is even worse than that of the book, which was pretty bad. Giant aliens invade …
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WhenBattlefield Earthwas released in May 2000, this inept sci-fi epic qualified as an instant camp classic, promptingDaily Varietyto call it "theShowgirlsof sci-fi shoot-'em-ups." Other reviews were united in their derision, and toy stores were left with truckloads ofBattlefield Earthaction figures that nobody wanted. As the film's star and coproducer, John Travolta must have felt an urge to enlist in the witness protection program.

Recklessly adapted from the novel by sci-fi author and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and set in the year 3000, the film is no worse than many cheesy sci-fi flicks, but the sight of Travolta as a burly, dreadlocked alien from the planet Psychlo provokes unintentional laughter from first frame to final credits. As Terl, the Psychlo security chief who conquers Earth and hatches a secret scheme to steal all the gold from Fort Knox (which sits conveniently in wide-open vaults), Travolta hams it up as if he knows he's in a camp-fest. (In a cameo as a long-tongued Psychlo seductress, Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, only adds to the absurdity.) Barry Pepper (the praying sharpshooter from Saving Private Ryan) tries his best to convey charisma as Jonnie, the human slave who leads an uprising against Terl's tyranny, but he's adrift in a foolish plot that makes even smart humans look stupid.

The decrepit look of a dreary future is convincingly established (the ruins of Washington D.C. recall Logan's Run on a grander scale), but in the wake of its ...

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Director: Roger Christian
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
Runtime: 118 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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