domingo, 22 de noviembre de 2009

Battlefield Earth

It’s thousands of years into the future, and the human race is now an almost-extinct species, as we have been taken over the extraterrestrial race known as the Psychlos, a tall humanoid race with long dreadlocks and six fingers in their hands. The humans that remain are either prisioners, or scavengers in the wild. Enter Tyler (Barry Pepper), a young man who is now a prisioner, who decides to stage a revolt against the evil alien race. Meanwhile, Psychlo Terl (John Travolta) wants to take over the planet for himself, and uses the humans in a plan to get into power.
This movie is so infamous, that just naming it is a joke. It seems like every human being on Earth has made fun of it, and you know what? I’m one of them. This movie is so terrible is not even funny, in fact, it’s not even recommended to watch drunk with your friends to make fun of it. The main problem is in the script and dialogue. The plot makes absolutely no sense and is full of plotholes (particularly dealing with how the humans learn the Psychlos language and culture) and the first steps into the rebellion. The battles are your typical science fiction clichés that you’ve seen in everything, from Independence Day to Star Wars. But the worst part, worse than anything else, is the acting. Yes, the acting in this film is abysmal, but it shouldn’t fucking be! Barry Pepper, John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, these are all good actors! Well, they decided that the best way to deliver the lines was to give them in the most retarded way possible, particularly Travolta who indulges in over-acting that would make Charlton Heston laugh.
You know what’s really sad about this? This is a documentary, as far as Scientologists are concerned. It’s based on a crappy science fiction novel by their guru, L. Ron Hubbard, and it’s apparently a part of their religion. Yes, Hollywood people are insane, but none are as insane as scientologists, and I wouldn’t mind so much if they made at least an entertaining movie, but they can’t even do that.

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