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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Hood-Fredriksen on 10 July 2011
Format: DVD
Let me be clear. This film is AWFUL - bad acting (from good actors), lousy plot etc. However, it is, in some ways, so bad it's good, if you want to watch something at which you can just laugh (and cringe). Personally, I'm not much for laughing/cringing at how bad something is, but I do know a few people who own it for this purpose.
I don't think I could improve on a review given by Mark Bourne on DVDJournal.com (and found on Rottentomatoes.com): "Watching Battlefield Earth is to a movie-watching experience what having a yeast infection is to having sex."
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6 of 6 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gururob on 31 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
I know that Travolta doesn't seem able (or willing) to say no to dodgy films and, having read some, I know that the works of L. Ron Hubbard are approximately 90% filler and 9% rubbish, however, I still watched this film with an air of hopeful anticipation.
Unfortunately, from the first few minutes I knew we weren't in for anything approaching mediocre.
The script was stilted nonsense, the plot hackneyed, the aliens (though evil enough) were caricatures and the effects cheap.

Overall, I'd say that, if you have a couple of hours with absolutely nothing to do, you could do worse that watch this. If you have a toilet to clean then you'd be better off doing that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By settinrecords on 6 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Every now and then a film comes along which reminds us that, despite large budgets, famous and credible cast members, and despite Hollywood's 100 or so years of movie-making experience, bad films still get made. "Battlefield Earth" is one of those films and less - so much less.

The plot is cliched but at least it forms the familiar basis of other successful sci-fi movies or series - powerful aliens have subjugated the human race and are taking its resources. All fine. But there all credibility ends.

The direction in the film is probably the worst part of it. Whether they are over-acting, under-acting, engaged in posturing or pointlessly dramatic gestures, or simply being *completely and utterly irrational*, you'll notice early on that you just don't get invested in any of the characters. I don't blame the cast for that - I bet most of them would cheerfuly pay good money to have a do-over of some of their delivery, script included - I blame the director, who plainly thought that each particular 'take' was an absolute keeper, as if he had HEARD of film-making, thought it sounded like a good idea, but didn't actually know how to do it himself.

The sets are basic and budgety, when they are not computer-generated, and the costumes are literally risible - grown men and women with painted faces clomping around on platform boot/stilts. The action is banal and tediously 'local' in scale - even though the film is called "Battlefield Earth", it really centres on one alien security officer's gripes with a photogenic human rebel and his extended tribe in the area around a processing/work plant in former Colorado. The film should really have been titled "Battlefield Denver Suburb".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
Battlefield Earth is one of the more enjoyable sci-fi comedies of recent years - and there's little doubt that much of the humour IS intentional, playing like a science-fiction version of The Office as John Travolta's alien tries to scheme his way out of corporate exile on dead-end planet Earth and nab a bonus into the bargain. While he tries to train man-animals to mine gold by offering to force-feed them rats as a treat and his dumb sidekick Forrest Whittaker tries to take his job, it's left for Michael Bolton to save the world. Only he was busy, so they got Barry Pepper to grow his hair long instead. Cue lots of slo-mo head flicks as, with a little help from the Declaration of Independence (which, like miniature golf courses, has survived 1000 years of alien domination and human neglect surprisingly well), he teaches his fellow primitive factory floor workers to rebel. It's not as funny as Lifeforce or even killer-alien-turd-monster movie Dreamcatcher, but it's still insane enough to make me happier than a baby Psychlo on a strict diet of kabanga. Bring on the sequel, stupid Man-Animals!

The DVD extras are a bit problematic - the audio commentary, trailer and the odd featurette play wth no problems, but click on some of the others, like the TV spots, either freezes the disc, sends you back to the main menu or stops the disc entirely.
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