Battlefield Earth - A Saga of the Year 3000 2000

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It's the year 3000 and Earth and its primitive humans are dominated by the alien Psychos. Led by powerful Terl, they're stripping the planet of its resources. When young Tyler leaves his desolate home to discover the truth, Terl captures and enslaves him. Allowed to mine gold, he decides to fight back.

Starring:
John Travolta,Barry Pepper
Runtime:
1 hour, 53 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Roger Christian
Starring John Travolta, Barry Pepper
Supporting actors Forest Whitaker, Kim Coates, Richard Tyson, Sabine Karsenti, Kelly Preston, Michael Byrne, Christian Tessier, Jim Meskimen
Studio STUDIOCANAL
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ben Kelly on 4 April 2011
Format: DVD
I began to watch this out of morbid curiosity but much look like watching a car crash I couldn't look away. It is truly baffling, seriously it is hard to get your head round how absurdly bad every element of this film is. The ridiculous camera angles, every shot is angled, every shot is tinted with blue or green, an incredible overuse of slow motion, what were they thinking? Everyone who was involved in this, what were you thinking? The costumes look ridiculous, laughable- they look like what they are, men wearing wigs, they look like joke rasta wigs. The script is unbelievably poor, the acting is dire- Travolta gives a bafflingly bad, hammy performance that cannot be criticised enough. The whole concept is terrible, not surprising given the source material- these aliens talk about hell, what? I mean... what? This film is retarded. It is an unintentional comedy, I actually enjoyed watching (once and just this once) because I found it genuinely hilarious from beginning to end. The atrociousness of this film is not overly hyped, it is ridiculous, absolutely beyond ridiculous. I recommend you watch it, seriously, it gave me so many belly laughs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
So I finally got around to watching Battlefield Earth, and I have to say it wasn't as bad as I expected. Of course, given all of the abuse heaped upon this adaptation of L. Ron Hubbard's most lengthy novel, it could hardly have lived down to such low expectations. It is certainly true that the film has some major problems - particularly Travolta's over-acting and a storyline riddled with inanities - but I can't deny that I didn't feel some measure of excitement watching humanity stand up in the face of alien aggression, and I don't think anyone will deny the fact that the special effects budget was money well spent. Still, as Ron White likes to say, "You can't fix stupid," and the storyline of Battlefield Earth is all kinds of stupid.

It doesn't say much for the Earth that it fell to the invading Psychlos in just nine minutes. A tall, strong, and particularly vicious race of humanoids, the Psychlos are far too paranoid, conniving, and self-serving to work well together absent the discipline of military rule. Terl (Travolta), the head of security on Earth, is the perfect embodiment of all the Psychlos' bad qualities. Angry that his intelligence and skills are being wasted on the Earth outpost, he works out a scheme that will allow him to return home filthy rich. Having discovered a rich deposit of gold in an irradiated area the Psychlos cannot enter, he experiments with training a small group of human slaves to mine the gold for him. In the year 3000, humans are a desperate lot who have reverted back to Stone Age life; those not serving as slaves live in isolated pockets of arid land, knowing nothing of their history.
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By Ashtar Command on 25 April 2013
Format: DVD
"Battlefield Earth" is a corny science fiction film starring John Travolta as we never seen him before. Don't expect any dancing or hits by the Bee Gees in this production! Instead, we are transported to a dystopian future in which Earth has been conquered by an alien breed of monstrous sociopaths with a terrible sense of humour, and a language that makes Klingon sound like Classical Greek.

The completely illogical plot is based on a novel by L Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. I never read the novel, but the movie version contains no overt or covert references to Hubbard's controversial philosophy. I found this somewhat surprising, since Travolta (a Scientologist of long standing) bankrolled the entire project. But perhaps it was just as good, since "Battlefield Earth" quickly got the reputation for being *the* worst movie ever made. I suppose Scientology has enough bad media exposure already, LOL.

But is "Battlefield Earth" really the absolutely worst film ever? I beg to disagree with that assessment. Sure, it's definitely not a *good* movie. Bad acting, bizarre costumes and a lousy dialogue are some of the ingredients. However, if you take it with a large grain of salt and consider it a comedy, it's perfectly possible to survive. You might even find it entertaining. Personally, my interest started to wane after about 90 minutes (the run time is almost two hours), but I suppose a beer or a very strong coffee might take care of that little problem...

Since "Battlefield" wasn't exactly a box-office success, Travolta couldn't make a sequel, so those of us who don't wish to read the original novel are left in the dark about the ultimate fate of the main protagonists. However, I think the battle had a suitable ending, so I'm not entirely dissatisfied.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
This is a dreadful movie with absolutely no redeeming qualities at all. It has a dull cliche story with massive plot holes, no suspense, bad dialogue, bad acting, bad effects and bad direction. The directing is particularly atrocious with practically every scene shot at an tilted angle through a lens filter with fades and wipes ripped off straight out of Star Wars. It's not even bad in a fun kind of way, it is just an overlong exercise in tedium. Believe me, twenty minutes into the film, you'll be wishing you had bought something else.
In summary, the only reason this travesty even exists is because Travolta (miscast as Terl in the movie) is a member of a certain 'religion', whose beloved dead leader wrote this mulch. One must take any glowing review of this work with a large pinch of salt. This 'religion' is well known for ballot stuffing to boost ratings for L Ron Hubbard works no matter how irredeemably awful they might be.
This is cult viewing only - brainwash cult viewing that is.
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