Saturday, July 14, 2012
Directed by Roger Christian
Starring John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Forest Whitaker, Kim Coates, Richard Tyson
I'd be easy as shit to just give this film one statue but it simply isn't true. Battlefield Earth is waaay too funny to be the worst film ever made. In fact, I honestly think the straight-to-DVD market offers every month much more serious candidates for the Alan Smithee category. Those movies tend to be made only for the profit and offer next to nothing new to the genres they represent. Battlefield Earth at least was made with genuine enthusiasm, though very misguided. The production design of this film is naturally meant to give a feel of a post-apocalyptic world but it backfires since as a result the movie simply looks cheap. Add to that the stupid costume design (especially of the evil, earth invading psychlos), horrible home made special effects.. eh, I'd get a carpal tunnel syndrome if I'd actually attempt to list everything that's wrong with this fucking thing. Suffice to say Battlefield Earth is a camp classic right up (or down depending on your preference) with Plan 9 From Outer Space. But enough about Forest Whitaker.
As silly as this alien invasion is, I'd still love to see a film made of the true Scientology dribble which is of course the incomprehesible story of Xenu in which these people actually (claim to) believe in. Go on, look the damn thing up if you don't believe me. Then again South Park already did a wonderful job with it in the brilliant, infamous episode Trapped In The Closet (s9e12) which known Scientologist Tom Cruise tried to ban from American TV.
Battlefield Earth: A Saga Of The Year 3000 at IMDb