Battlefield Earth (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5

USA, 2000.  Warner Bros., Morgan Creek Entertainment, Franchise Pictures, JTP Films, Battlefield Productions.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Patrick Tatopoulos.  Film Editing by .  

is physically striking yet laughable as the head of the villainous Psychlo race, who have taken over a futuristic Earth and made slaves of humans. is the leader of the good ole boys who help restore order.

Every science-fiction film imaginable, from Planet of the Apes to Goldfinger, is ripped off shamelessly, plus the film contradicts itself on many occasions: the characters have maintained phrases like “piece of cake” to show how even a thousand years later, remnants of the language of twentieth-century humans remain, but on the other hand they refer to the parliament buildings as places where our “great tribes” used to meet.

It is, in all fairness, honestly bad fun, and features great art direction, but it’s still a boring mess that can only be appreciated at a camp movie night.


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