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Battlefield Earth

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

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Why... I ask you... why?

  • Jul 17, 2001
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Yes- I did watch it... all two hours of it and it was quite honestly two of the longest hours of my life. It is hands down the worst movie I have ever seen. The jokes aren't funny. The dialogue is annoying. The effects are of special ed quality. I beleive the "actors" could only work at night, because they were unable to get away from their day jobs at Denny's. Terrible.... terrible to the point that you can enjoy seeing it in its misery. Think about it.. we are a society that slows down for car accidents... but if this was an accident (and it is) by the side of the road - you would speed up to avoid seeing it! It is that bad!

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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
DVD Release Date: January 16, 2001
Runtime: 118 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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