Battlefield Earth Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kim Coates, Sabine Karsenti, Barry Pepper, John Travolta, Richard Tyson, Forest Whitaker

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Battlefield Earth

Giant Rastafarrian corporate drone aliens are stuck on a hick backwater planet called Earth. Chief bad guy alien John Travolta tries to make a bit of extra money by exploiting the local slave labor force (humans) to mine gold for him. He underestimates the hero who goes from being an illiterate yahoo to leader of a resistance that destroys the alien homeworld.
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This is one the of worst movies ever made. It is a train wreck of a film. It fails spectacularly on every level. The premise is weak. The dialogue is laughable. The acting is atrocious. The cinematography is clumsy. The special effects are sophomoric.

Pulp Fiction ressurected John Travolta's career. I am surprised that this miscarriage of a film didn't kill it again.
The review of this Movie prepared by Greg Careaga

The story is about aliens who killed off most of the humans and took over the planet for its resources. It is how one man takes on the aliens and figures out how to destroy them and take back earth for humans. Does not follow the book at all.
The review of this Movie prepared by Ed Phillips

This is a cheap [:-(] movie based on a GREAT book. It tells us the story of the year 3000, in which a giant humanoid aliens have conqured the earth. A small group of humans survived, and now, a thousand years after their defeat, the humans strike back, and defeat their alien conquerors.
The film by itself is not THAT bad, but the special effects are pathetic... they were probably low on budget.
The review of this Movie prepared by Dimitri Melamoud

Not as bad as its reputation has it, but still pretty bad at that. John Travolta is physically striking but also laughable as the head of the villainous Psychlo race (mmm…could that be Psychos with an L? Naw!) who have taken over a futuristic Earth and made slaves of humans. Barry Pepper 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. Which is it gonna be folks, a last dying gasp of our race or a new beginning? I somehow managed to enjoy it, perhaps because it was honestly bad fun, or because it had great art direction, but it's still a boring mess that can only be a appreciated at a camp-movie night party. Barry Pepper tries to be a star but only emerges as a poor man's Matthew McConaughey (and boy do I mean, poor), and Forest Whitaker looks like the love child of Tina Turner and the Cowardly Lion.
The review of this Movie prepared by Bil Antoniou

Script Analysis of Battlefield Earth

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle 60% **Fantasy or Science Fiction?**    -   science fiction story Repressive Society    -   Yes Repression:    -   locks you away    -   escape from prison Invasion from human defender POV?    -   overt invasion (very visible of monsters/aliens) War and Invasion    -   Yes Who's being repressed/enslaved?    -   humans are slaves

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   slave Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


Earth setting:    -   distant future    -   Over controlled society    -   Post-disaster Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Tone of movie    -   boring Kinds of F/X    -   exotic spaceships    -   exotic aliens    -   exotic big cities Is this movie based on a    -   book

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