Battlefield Earth (2000) / Sci Fi-Action
MPAA Rated: PG-13 for intense sci-fi action
Running time: 118 min.
Cast: John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Forest Whitaker, Kim Coates, Richard Tyson
Director: Roger Christian
Screenplay: Corey Mandell, J.D. Shapiro (based on the novel by L. Ron Hubbard)
Review published June 3, 2000
A thousand years from now, the dreaded alien race known as the Psychlos, take over Earth and submit those few remaining human beings to prison and slave labor, raping the Earth for its resources such as gold. Now the humans have a leader in the form of a newly enslaved man known as Tyler, and the battle is afoot.
Well, I'll keep the comments short because I really loathe having to think about this poor excuse of a movie any more than I have to. Bad story, bad script, bad directing, bad costumes, and bad make-up...what does this add up to? You do the math.
Every element of this film has been done so often, and done much better, that there's absolutely no reason to watch this wholly derivative satire. Science fiction doesn't come any more archaic. Considering his movie selection of late, I'm thinking Travolta wants another decade of obscurity. If he makes another movie as bad as this, I hope he gets it.
©2000 Vince Leo