Battlefield Earth (2000) is an American dystopian sci-fi action adventure movie that was based on author, L. Ron Hubbard‘s first half of Battlefield Earth (1982) novel. Director (Roger Christian - Nostradamus (1994), Stranded (2013), Masterminds (1997)) failed horribly at executing this movie to be anything bearable to watch. Battlefield Earth is about alien Psychlos who has been ruling Earth for over 1,000 years, and some of the people start to rebel after Psychlos tries to make the surviving humans into gold miners.
Battlefield Earth takes place in the year 3000 where a violent race of giant humanoid aliens called Psychlos ruled Earth for over 1,000 years. Some of the survivors who are not under Psychlos rule are living in remote areas outside Psychlo control. Jonnie Goodboy Tyler (Barry Pepper - Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Green Mile (1999), True Grit (2010), 25th Hour (2002)) lives outside of Psychlos control. Jonnie leaves his home in the Rocky Mountains and joins Carlo (Kim Coates - Sons of Anarchy (2008), Black Hawk Down (2001), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Silent Hill (2006)) who is a hunter. It did not take long for Psychlos raiding party to capture Jonnie and Carlo and take them to a giant dome built over the ruins of Denver, Colorado. The giant dome base is Psychlos’ main base and is also a slave camp. Psychlos security chief, Terl (John Travolta - Pulp Fiction (1994), Grease (1978), Face/Off (1997), Hairspray (2007)) on Earth was condemned to remain at his post on Earth. He is condemned because he is being punished for something that happened with the Senator’s daughter. Terl and deputy, Ker (Forest Whitaker - Platoon (1986), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), Phone Booth (2002)) decides to use the humans to to mine gold in radioactive areas. Using the human slaves to mine gold will help them to buy their way out of Psychlos territory. Jonnie became Terl’s foreperson and received a Psychlo education where a rapid-learning machine was used. Jonnie was given a few slaves and a Psychlo flying shuttle to use to go out and find gold.
Jonnie learned everything he needs to, to plot a human fight against the Psychlos. Jonnie gave Terl the gold he demanded and later found an abandoned underground U.S. military base that had weapons, nuclear weapons, working aircraft and fuel. After a few events, Carlo attacked the dome over Denver by sacrificing himself. The Psychlos cannot breathe Earth’s atmosphere, so Carlo broke the dome and killed the Psychlos by suffocating them with Earth’s atmosphere. Jonnie goes on another mission where he wants to destroy the Psychlo’s world by using a teleportation device that will teleport an atomic bomb to the Psychlo homeworld. There are many events that occur after the bomb involving Jonnie to be captured.
Battlefield Earth was one of the worst movies I have ever seen and is something that should have never been made. I had high expectations upon seeing the trailer, but the movie fell short in every area including acting, screenplay, directorial, special effects and cinematography. The film failed drastically and should not be seen. The title was intriguing and misleading although the movie deals with a vast amount of battling.
About Battlefield Earth (2000)
Starring: Christian Tessier, Kim Coates, Richard Tyson, Earl Pastko, Russell Yuen, Michael Byrne, Forest Whitaker, Andy Bradshaw, Jason Cavalier, Derrick Damon Reeve, Kelly Preston, Michel Perron, Tim Post, Noel Burton, John Topor, Andrew Albert, Sean Hewitt, Robert Higden, Sylvain Landry, Shaun Austin-Olsen, Marie-Josée Croze, John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Sabine Karsenti, Christopher Freeman, Michael MacRae, Todd McDougall, Jim Meskimen, Rejean Denoncourt, Tait Ruppert
Director: Roger Christian
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