Battlefield Earth

Starring: John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Roger Christian

Produced by: Morgan Creek Productions, Franchise Pictures

Distributed by: Warner Bros., Morgan Creek

Genre: science fiction

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Review by Xibo Date seen: May 12, 2000
Viewing Location: Secaucus Grade: B+
Summary: Denver never looked this good.
Great special effects, especially having Denver, 1000 years from now, under a dome. Well, not a dome, but more of a glass and steel pyramid-like structure, really. The movie is loosely based on half of the novel. I remember reading the book and being wowed by how much fun it was, how exciting and enthralling and unbelieveable it all was.

The movie on the other hand is not as interesting. Travolta gives a fine, fine performance. Pepper needs more practice. And Forest Whitaker recycled all of his lines without much emotion. I guess the character acting and script needed more work. Part of the problem is that the book was so long (1000+ pages) and making a movie out of it is extremely difficult.

The special effects were superb though. So many different scenes set in the ruins of Denver, with the blasted-out skycrapers underneath the dome, it was really quite something. The soundtrack, an orchestral piece, was fairly decent.

The main problem with the movie is that there's just no "hurrah" at the ending... I don't know if it's because the good guys are just too unbelieveable (savages flying jets, a nuclear bomb exploding a planet) or if it was just that the characters where hard to empathize with.

I'm sure this will bomb in the theaters, but it's still worth seeing. There's absolutely no references to scientology, so never mind that. If you've ever wanted to see Denver in ruins, it's a must-see. 

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