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Akir v Sador
on 27 August 2011
Co-produced by Roger Corman and Ed Carlin, Battle Beyond the Stars is directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and written by Anne Dyer and John Sayles. It stars Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard, John Saxton and Darlanne Fluegel. Music is by James Horner and cinematography by Daniel Lacambre. Plot is Seven Samurai/The Magnificent Seven as Star Wars.
We know it's a rip-off, but it's a lovingly crafted cheesy rip-off, the kind of cheap space adventure we thrilled to when our ages allowed us to not care about technical craft. Budget has been spent on securing "names" Vaughn (reprising his role from Mag 7) and Peppard, leaving one James Cameron to produce a set design out of McDonalds cartons and hypermarket boxes, with that knowledge in mind, it comes out as a glorious achievement. From Russ Meyer influenced spaceships, to the trippy costumes, the look and feel of the film is a triumph over adversity. Story moves briskly and the recycled action gladdens the heart, and there's no little imagination used to form the narrative, telegraphic beings feeling as one, woo-hoo! While the cast can not be faulted for effort, attacking the material with gusto and a glint in the eye.
Endearing and fun for those prepared to let the inner child out during the viewing. 6/10