“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Battlefield Earth (2000)
How bad is it? It's one of the worst big budget films ever. Should you see it? No. It's too long and slow for the few laughs it provokes.
Apparently, John Travolta wanted to make a vanity picture to honor the founder of Scientology by filming one of his stories. The plot has mankind enslaved by aliens (in the year 3000), nearing extinction and then fighting back. Why everyone wears the giggle-inducing nosepieces, I forget, but they're what you'll remember. The film is underwritten, underlit, overacted by Travolta, messy, uninvolving and overlong. Even Forest Whitaker can't save this turkey. It swept the Golden Raspberry awards and deservedly so.