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.

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