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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, Sabine Karsenti, Michael Byrne, Christian Tessier, Sylvain Landry, Richard Tyson, Christopher Freeman, John Topor, Shaun Austin-Olsen, Tim Post, Earl Pastko, Michel Perron, Michael MacRae, Todd McDougall, Derrick Damon Reeve, Jason Cavalier, Sean Hewitt
Studio STUDIOCANAL
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I'm trying to work it out. This was meant to be Travolta's attempt to advertise the crazed teachings of that Scientology cult. Yet this film is beyond dire. Surely he could have chosen a better script? surely he could chosen actors who could act? Surely he could have bothered to act himself?

Was it a secret method to criticize Scientology after realizing it is all make believe? Or maybe it was meant to be so bad that it might be good and therefore get converts...

I don't get it.. very confused... but in any case, this film is crap.
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Totally, utterly, 100% awful. The entire movie - seriously, the /entire movie/ - is shot at a dutch tilt. Everything is shot far too close up, about 70% of the shots don't even line up with something in the centre (faces are always either to the left or right of the screen), but the backgrounds are always out of focus and we almost never see any establishing shots or detail in the costumes. The story - what little of it existed - was awful. Nothing ever felt explained. All in all, the movie is muddy, hard to follow, and just... BAD. The acting really wasn't much to write home about, either.

I watched this knowing it would be bad, with the intention of laughing at it, and it provided plenty of entertainment in sitting with a friend and tearing the movie apart. I'm still not giving it anything more than 1 star, though, because then people might be tricked into thinking it's a good movie.
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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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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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By Jaksenpollock TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2015
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This is pretty poor but strangely enjoyable so I can't in all honesty give it more than 3 stars. I'm not even sure if it's worth that. The plot is predictable and formulaic and the effects are I suppose just about ok for when it was made. The worse bit for me is the human side of the story which I found pretty tedious. The aliens are the films saving grace due to their total egocentricity which lends itself beautifully to their lack of loyalty, moral values or compassion for anyone but themselves. This is hammed up to great effect by John Travolta and Forest Whittaker who develop a sort of comedic mutual back stabbing double act as the story progresses. I doubt if any of the main cast will look back with pride at being in this but on some levels it worked nevertheless.
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jan. 2012
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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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