Here Is What You Need To Know:
Here is what you need to know indeed. This film sucks. Yes, there are some interesting visuals and it had a big time budget, but nothing works. The acting is comical, the costuming is often foolish, many of the sets are silly, shall I go on?
Battlefield Earth collapses beneath a flawed script and spotty execution. If you were lucky enough to miss this debacle, and it is a debacle, then you should probably continue to stay clear. Battlefield Earth is the basic story of alien meets planet, alien conquers planet, planet plays hard to get. Yeah, its a aliens invade the earth story with a L. Ron Hubbard twist.
Seeing Barry Pepper run around dressed like something out of Clan of the Cave Bear doesn't help things much either. Some have claimed Battlefield Earth is the worse film every made. No. It isn't THEE worse film ever made, but it is certainly one of the worse big-budget Hollywood films ever made. What really kills this film, isn't the acting which is mostly campy and over the top, or the visual effects, which are often decent enough. What kills Battlefield Earth is the fact that the story meanders around like a angry drunk whose mystery pills have just kicked in. Avoid.
What Was Cool:
-Some of the visuals were cool, but they were so immersed in the searing pain of the acting, the script and the silliness of it all that you won't care.
What Was Stupid:
-The entire film was crashing straight into the ground from the beginning, but mistakes happen.
-The first film was a mistake, but anyone can screw up. I am sure it sounded like a good idea on paper. That said, there are rumors of a sequel. That isn't screwing up, or having a bad day, that is being pig headed.
Use of Science C-
Portrayal of Women D
Visuals-VFX and SFX C+
Visuals-Set Design/Props C-
Style/Sex Appeal D
Enjoyability Grade D-
Home Theater/HD Factor C
Gut Check (Level of Studio Executive Guts) C
Overall Innovation D
Overall Grade D- ( Oh its bad, its very bad. Only die hard science-fiction fans should endure this in order to satisfy their sick little curiosity.)
A Little Fact About Cherie:
I honestly hate giving films really bad grades, but sometimes the puppy must be yielded at for crapping on the rug, especially if its one of those nice rugs that cost lots of money and you normally wouldn't buy but it was just such a great deal.