"Stargate" is fun, pure and simple. It takes history and science, spins them around in a blender with a cup of fiction, and cranks out a reasonably believable sci-fi classic. Starring James Spader as a geeky scientist who's really into decoding Egyptian heiroglyphics and a hard-nosed and slightly mentally unstable soldier played by Kurt Russell, "Stargate" gives the viewer a couple of things to ponder. What if "Ra" wasn't an actual god worshipped by early Egyptians, but an alien looking for a nice group of simpletons to turn into his slaves? What if those simpletons began to pick up on Ra's deception and run him off, only to have him gather up a few stragglers and start a slave colony on another planet that's linked to Earth via a "Stargate?"
All of this sounds a little silly, but deep inside, we all know that there are some reasons to actually entertain the thought that aliens did interact with the ancient Egyptians. No matter here, it's just used as a backdrop for a wonderful story in which Spader, Russell, and a team of soldiers trek off to the other end of the Stargate in order to see what's there. When they do get to the other side, they find a colony of people enslaved by Ra. They're also trying to decipher the gate on their end of the universe in order to get home. They figure out the entire gate's code almost immediately, except for one symbol, which forces them to interact with the slave colony. Slowly but surely, they prove to the slaves that Ra can be overthrown and that he isn't an actual god. Rebellion ensues, and our heroes aid in the battle all the while trying to break the final code.
This is a very fun flick to watch. It mixes just enough parts history, science, and gee-whiz to make for a wonderful tale. Along with Russell and Spader, it stars French Stewart (Third Rock From The Sun) as one of Russell's troops and Jaye Davidson as Ra.
Highly recommended to fans of fantasy and sci-fi in general. The Devlin/Emmerich team hit a homerun with this one before stumbling a bit with "Independence Day." This film is much better and more believable than that flick in my opinion.
On its face, a movie about aliens enslaving ancient Egyptians could seems more like a failed Sci-Fi Channel idea than a blockbuster hit. Yet, through a mixture of likable characters, exciting action sequences, and strong soundtrack, Stargate is surprisingly good. I hadn't watched it in years, but was pleasantly surprised when I watched it recently that Stargate has held up pretty well all these years. Moreover, I watched the movie with my wife, who is definitely not a fan of sci-fi movies, and she … more
The 1990s saw four big science fiction movies. The two biggest came near the end; Matrix and Phantom Menace. But the two best came out in the mid 90's; Contact and Stargate. And of all four, only Stargate spawned its own popular TV show. The storyline is very innovative; the US military obtains an object that can be used to travel across the universe, a Stargate. They hire a scientist, Daniel Jackson, to make it work. Daniel succeeds, and is transported to a desert world (Arizona actually) along … more
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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Before they unleashed the idiotic mayhem ofIndependence DayandGodzilla, the idea-stealing team of director Roland Emmerich and producer-screenwriter Dean Devlin concocted this hokey hit about the discovery of an ancient portal capable of zipping travelers to "the other side of the known universe." James Spader plays the Egyptologist who successfully translates the Stargate's hieroglyphic code, and then joins a hawkish military unit (led by Kurt Russell) on a reconnaissance mission to see what's on the other side. They arrive on a desert world with cultural (and apparently supernatural) ties to Earth's ancient Egypt, where the sun god Ra (played by Jaye Davidson fromThe Crying Game) rules a population of slaves with armored minions and startlingly advanced technology. After being warmly welcomed into the slave camp, the earthlings encourage and support a rebellion, and while Russell threatens to blow up the Stargate to prevent its use by enemy forces, the movie collapses into a senseless series of action scenes and grandiose explosions. It's all pretty ridiculous, butStargatefound a large and appreciative audience, spawned a cable-TV series, and continues to attract science fiction fans who are more than willing to forgive its considerable faults.--Jeff Shannon