Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Stargate (1994)

Director: Roland Emmerich

Starring: Kurt Russell, James Spader

More Info: IMDB

Tagline: It Will Take You A Million Light Years From Home

Plot: An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra. Typical things start to happen.

My Rating: 5/10

Would I watch it again? Nope

I really had higher expectations for this. It's talked about as a great film, there's a successful TV series based on it. It's fine for what it is but it falls into the "typical Hollywood movie" syndrome plagued by so many big-budgeted sci-fi films. The desert planet people looked like rejects from MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME and countless other post apocalyptic films. That look is over-done. Stop it. Bad, Hollywood, bad.

Kurt Russell seemed wasted on his roll. It was too contrived at the end. And I didn't care for the alien race story and reasoning either. It felt like a re-hash of older stories that had no sci-fi origins just transplanted to another planet WHICH LOOKS JUST LIKE PARTS OF OURS! All of that and the 128 run time killed me. There's some interesting things going on from time to time but in the end it's just a typical bloated, cliched, poorly executed attempt at entertainment. Maybe the TV show is better. It'd have to be.

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