Battlefield Earth (VHS, 2001, Spanish Subtitled)

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Battlefield Earth - A High Budget Film For Low Budget Fans

Mar 18, 2001 (Updated Oct 18, 2002)
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Pros:Interesting story, nice effects, people look like they had fun on this project.

Cons:People expected too much from this because of it's higher budget.

The Bottom Line: A fantasy film in a sci-fi setting, this wannabe low-budget film is a fun watch.


I have come to the assumption that people expected far way too much from this film. That is the only reason people must be slamming this film constantly. Heck, I personally don't know how they used up a budget the size that it did, but if you had given this one to Full Moon Pictures, or heck, even Troma this would have been categorized as a classic!

Travolta stars as Terl a chief of security for a race of aliens called Psychlos whom have taken over the Earth. The race is using the Earth for it's non-renewable resources.

Humans are stuck in hiding, or used as slaves and have devolved into an uneducated race. Terl has this wacky idea to save money by using man to mine instead of paid workers. One man appears to have an intelligence that Terl approves of. He teaches this human-animal using a 'teaching machine' (on a sad note, the teacher looks like those televised U.S. pilots did during the Gulf War. Beaten into submission, you can tell the teacher is being forced into instructing. The most serious scene in the film, if you ask me). One of the neatest things in the film to watch is the constant switching of languages. The alien and human languages switch back and forth in conversation, sometimes you can't even catch it. Educated, the human-animal concocts a plan to eliminate the alien presence and save humanity.

Erm, what the heck else does a person watching a fantasy film look for in a film? Perhaps a topless Barbarian Queen?

Leave the sci-fi behind. After the first ten minutes it's obvious this is a fantasy film set in the future. The actors all ham it up for the camera and create an enjoyable atmosphere.

I haven to admit, I know nothing of Scientology, but where did all the news articles get their fuel? I see nothing that looks like Scientology propaganda here.

Taken lightly with your milk and cookies, this film is a fun view. I'd rather see a couple of sequels to this film over the billionth 'now-politically-correct' Star Trek film. Thank God someone in Hollywood still knows how to make a 'fun' movie.


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