Stargate (1994) Movie Review

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Stargate (1994)

1994 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
116 minutes / 1h 56min

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Stargate Plot Synopsis:

In 1928, in Egypt, a strange device is found by an expedition. In the present days, the outcast linguist Dr. Daniel Jackson is invited by a mysterious woman to decipher an ancient hieroglyph in a military facility. Soon he finds that the device was developed by an advanced civilization and opens a portal to teletransport to another planet. Dr. Jackson is invited to join a military team under the command of Colonel Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil that will explore the new world. They find a land that recalls Egypt and humans in a primitive culture that worship and are slaves to Ra, the God of the Sun. But soon they discover the secret of the mysterious "stargate".

Stargate (1994) Review

Stargate (1994) is a French-American adventure science fiction that was filmed in Arizona and several locations in California. Director and co-writer Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998), 2012 (2009)) captured Stargate in the right angles. Roland executed Stargate nicely and met almost all of my expectations - a shortage of action. The Gods mask were remarkably done well as well as the special effects. I discover something new every time I watch the movie and did not get bored of it as yet so give it a try.

Stargate revolves around an ancient device named “Stargate” that is shaped like a ring and can create a wormhole allowing travelers to travel to a similar device somewhere else in the universe. Stargate starts by showing what happened in the past, 1928. Archaeologist Langford (Erik Holland - Titanic (1997), Ghostbusters II (1989), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)) and his daughter, Catherine found a huge metal ring in 1928 in the sands of Giza, Egypt. Many years later, Catherine decides to show the metal ring with stones to Egyptologist Daniel Jackson to translate the hieroglyphs on the stones. Daniel (James Spader - Boston Legal (2004), Lincoln (2012), Secretary (2002)) travels to a US Air Force installation to examine the stones. Special Operations Colonel Jack O’Neil (Kurt Russell - The Thing (1982), Death Proof (2007), Tombstone (1993)) did not give Daniel the chance because he declares it classified.

Daniel had a few opinions of the device and thinks it is a device with non-hieroglyphic symbols that are star constellations used in a three-dimensional coordinate system. Daniel is on to something as he suggests that the device can create a stable wormhole to other places in the galaxy. O’Neil gathers his team and uses the Stargate device to transport themselves to the inner of a pyramid. O’Neil and his team began exploring because they do not know the coordinates to return home. They stumble upon human miners who assume that O’Neil and his team are emissaries of their god Ra. Some of the humans and team become friends as one of the humans offered his daughter as a gift to Daniel. Daniel soon learns that Ra is an alien lifeform that descended upon Earth looking for a cure. Ra possessed the body of a young human and conquered the village where everyone feared him. The humans on Earth took a while but eventually rebelled and vanquished Ra. The humans then buried the Stargate, and the movie continues to show the battle of Ra, who is so very alive and O’Neil’s team.

I gave this movie a 9 because it is an awesome fantasy movie filled with adventure and action to keep you entertained from the beginning to the ending. Viewers might find themselves asking several questions after seeing this movie, maybe even doing some research. Some of the questions that may arise is "How were the Egyptians influenced and how did they create their God? How were the pyramids built, did anyone build them or where did the pyramids come from?" The movie most likely will make you think, if not during the movie, and then sometime after, questions will arise. The movie was excellent in almost all of its genres.

  • Stargate Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 6.64
  • IMDB: 7.1
  • MetaCritic: 4.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.8

About Stargate 1994

Title: Stargate
Year: 1994
Runtime: 116 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Reviewer: Score: 4.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.32/5 stars from 162,249 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 162,249 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Stargate Cast Starring: Frank Welker, Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou, John Diehl, Christopher John Fields, James Spader, Alexis Cruz, John Storey, Leon Rippy, Jack Moore, Erick Avari, Kenneth Danziger, Sayed Badreya, Viveca Lindfors, Richard Kind, Scott Alan Smith, Derek Webster, Kairon John, David Pressman, Tim Sauer, Steve Giannelli, Erik Holland, Jerry Gilmore, Michel Jean-Philippe, Mili Avital, Dialy N'Daiye, French Stewart, Gladys Holland, Carlos Lauchu, Roger Til
Stargate Writers: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Stargate Director: Roland Emmerich
Production: Artisan Home Entertainment
Language: English, Norwegian, Swedish, Egyptian (Ancien
Country: France, USA