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  What 'Battlefield Earth' Did Right
Battlefield Earth is destined to rival -- maybe even surpass -- Cleopatra, Howard the Duck, and Ishtar as the most misbegotten, ego-driven movie disaster of all time.
Battlefield Earth is imbued with a sense of purpose, an uplifting plot line, a basic optimism about rationalism and progress.
Whether the end of man on Earth comes from a sudden impact or a slow erosion of this planet's habitability, that end is nonetheless ordained.
www.space.com /opinionscolumns/opinions/battlefield_optimism_000520.html   (776 words)

  Battlefield Earth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Battlefield Earth is the title of both a science fiction novel written by Scientology founder L.
Battlefield Earth was first published in 1980 by St. Martin's Press, though all subsequent reprintings have been by Church of Scientology publishing companies Bridge Publications and Galaxy Press.
Battlefield Earth has opened to spectacularly bad notices, many of which have suggested that the film is the worst of the year, the decade, the millennium or whatever exotic time-frame the alien Psychlos recognise..."
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battlefield_Earth   (2500 words)

 DVD Review: Battlefield Earth
"Battlefield Earth" is almost entertaining in the way that everything that could possibly go wrong with this film does at one point or another during the running time.
SOUND: "Battlefield Earth" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, and it actually presents a decently entertaining audio experience.
Evolution and Creation: This is a documentary on the making of "Battlefield", and it actually is a somewhat informative promotional documentary, talking about how the cast and crew came together, a discussion of the story and obstacles that had to be overcome to get the movie to the screen.
www.currentfilm.com /dvdreviews2/battlefieldearthdvd.html   (1431 words)

 Battlefield Earth
The novel Battlefield Earth is by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, of which Travolta is a member.
Battlefield Earth takes place in the year 3000, and chronicles the human uprising against the Psychlos.
Battlefield Earth also uses screen 'wipes' for transitions between scenes, something not really done since the seventies.
www.haro-online.com /movies/battlefield_earth.html   (612 words)

 Mutant Reviewers from Hell do "Battlefield Earth"
Battlefield Earth is set in the year 3000, when a strip-mining alien race called Psychlos have already conquered Earth, killed off most of the population, and are using the few remaining hu-mans for slave labor.
Battlefield Earth is supposed to be a serious science fiction movie about the decimation of the human race and its eventual rise over its alien oppressors.
Author (of Battlefield Earth) L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of the controversial Church of Scientology, to which John Travolta and Kelly Preston belong.
www.mutantreviewers.com /rbattlefield.html   (2909 words)

 BATTLEFIELD EARTH movie review (with photos and clips where possible)
The film version of Battlefield Earth reportedly is based on only the first half of Hubbard's giant-sized novel (which I've managed to avoid reading).
Running earth is a scheming Psychlo slimeball named Terl (Travolta), who plots ways to hoard the planet's gold for his own purposes.
The actor is on the record declaring that Battlefield Earth is not Scientology propaganda.
www.rochestergoesout.com /mov/b/battle.html   (659 words)

 Laramie Movie Scope: Battlefield Earth
May 13, 2000 -- "Battlefield Earth" was one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year for science fiction fans.
"Battlefield Earth," with its big budget and its big star, John Travolta, came roaring out of the chute as flat as a pancake on opening night.
Travolta ("Primary Colors") plays Terl, the evil and corrupt head of security for earth dome, where most of the surviving humans are enslaved by the evil Psychlos, a race of large, human-looking aliens with bad teeth and dreadlocks.
www.lariat.org /AtTheMovies/battlefieldearth.html   (654 words)

 MovieFreak.Com - Battlefield Earth Review
Battlefield Earth is about many things: 1) A refugee (Johnny) lives in the mountains with a bunch of other refugees, avoiding the Psyclos - a mad alien race.
Terl is ordered by Psyclo government officials to stay on Earth much much longer than he was supposed to, which pisses of Terl a lot.
There are several good things about Battlefield Earth but they are not all too evident.
www.moviefreak.com /reviews/b/battlefieldearth.htm   (646 words)

 Unreel Feature - Battlefield Earth
It's set in the year 3000 when the Earth is ruled by tall, ruthless aliens, who enslave the surviving humans so they can mine the planet's rich resources.
One spin-off from 'Battlefield Earth' is expected to be merchandising of such toys linked to the film as Strike Jets, Psychoblasters and dolls of Travolta's Terl.
Travolta says 'Battlefield Earth', originally published as 'Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000', was one of the most popular books to be published in the 20th Century and it has themes about exploitation of resources and suppression which are as relevant as ever.
www.unreel.co.uk /features/featurebattlefieldearth.cfm   (1655 words)

 Battlefield Earth
Battlefield Earth is just a lumbering, poorly photographed piece of derivative sci-fi drivel, full of grunting extras scampering around in animal pelts and more dank, trash-strewn sets than I ever care to see again.
Battlefield Earth is as relentlessly grim as it is artless, and Elia Cmiral's bombastic score also makes it painful to listen to.
Battlefield Earth should be shown only at maximum-security prisons when a prisoner is tossed in solitary for bad behavior.
www.rottentomatoes.com /m/battlefield_earth   (830 words)

 The DVD Journal: Battlefield Earth
Battlefield Earth, the book, appeared in 1982, but Hubbard's career peak as a writer came in the 1940s.
Battlefield Earth's script is so shotgun-blasted with holes that it feels like, at best, a first draft.
Battlefield Earth may be the biggest, dumbest movie of 2000, but it's probably not the biggest, dumbest movie of all time, and it won't be long before Hollywood cranks out one that's even bigger and dumber.
www.dvdjournal.com /reviews/b/battlefieldearth.shtml   (2639 words)

 The Flick Filosopher | Battlefield Earth   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The aliens have no motive for conquering Earth that we can see, except perhaps a shortage of rebar, those steel bars used to reinforce concrete, on their home planet -- the aliens are using slave "man-animals" to break down the abandoned Earth cities with sledgehammers.
The Psychlos bitch about what a hellhole Earth is, which also makes no sense whatsoever because their planet looks like the industrial cesspool of Newark off the Jersey Turnpike, and here they are hanging around the verdant, snow-capped mountains of Colorado.
It saddens me that Battlefield Earth is John Travolta's labor of love (he's one of the film's producers), his valentine to Scientology founder Hubbard.
www.flickfilosopher.com /flickfilos/archive/002q/battlefieldearth.shtml   (856 words)

 Battlefield Earth
Not only is "Battlefield Earth" one of the worst sci fi films to come along in years, but it just may be the worst movie of all time period.
A group of giant, dreadlocked, dentally challenged aliens call the Psychlos have taken over the Earth and are using the last remaining humans as slaves.
From the moment "Battlefield Earth" begins, you can't help but feel like you've just walked in during the middle of a story--and a horrible one at that.
www.moviemantz.com /movie_reviews/500/battlefield_earth.html   (900 words)

 Salon Movie Review | "Battlefield Earth"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The more I think about it, the more I suspect that "Battlefield Earth" was directed by a software program that absorbed and reprocessed the standard sci-fi elements of the past 30 years: grimy spaceships, alien overlords, the human race reverting to barbarism, someone reading the Declaration of Independence and making sense of it.
The first 20 minutes or so of "Battlefield Earth" are quite enjoyable, if you have a weakness for the cheapo decrepit future envisioned by the "Planet of the Apes" series.
Travolta is one of the producers of "Battlefield Earth" and is a well-known adherent of Hubbard's Scientology teachings, but he's not doing his late mentor any favors by exposing his own weaknesses as an actor this way.
archive.salon.com /ent/movies/review/2000/05/12/battlefield_earth/print.html   (1296 words)

 'Battlefield Earth'
"Battlefield Earth" may be the silliest movie I've ever seen -- and that includes some of Charlie Sheen's more embarrassing efforts.
Alas, "Battlefield Earth" proves to be an authentic howler of the Big Dumb and Loud school.
His work on "Battlefield Earth" is all sound and fury, signifying nothing.
www.post-gazette.com /movies/20000512battle4.asp   (643 words)

 Battlefield Earth (2000): Reviews
Just as I am ahead of my times for my ability to speak Chinese, so BattleField Earth is ahead of its time in presenting the inhabitants of Psyclo as non-native English speakers who need to tech their enemy their language before they can communicate with him.
Far ahead of its time, "Battlefield Earth" was never recognized for the masterpiece allegory that it is. The aliens in this movie are thinly veiled versions of Scientology proselytizers, and their adventures on planet Earth focus on the misunderstandings that often occur between members of the church and the general public.
Indeed, "Battlefield Earth" may very well be viewed in the year 3000 much as we look back on near-forgotten masterpieces like "The Inferno" and "King Lear." Watch for Will Smith's brief but hilarious cameo as a Bible salesmen.
www.metacritic.com /video/titles/battlefieldearth   (1144 words)

 Battlefield Earth (2000)
The mere notion of a film based on a book by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard — produced by and starring his devout follower John Travolta —; was enough to make many critics preemptively savage the film as shameless propaganda for the sect.
Earth has long since been ravaged by the Psychlos, a race of malevolent 8-foot (9 feet, with the hair) aliens whose 1000-year occupation has devolved humanity into primitive barbarians cowering in caves across the American hinterlands.
Earth is really the story of Terl, (Travolta) a particularly ambitious Psychlo aching to leave his post as Earth Security Chief and return to his native planet for greater glories.
www.reel.com /movie.asp?MID=129820&Tab=reviews&CID=13   (673 words)

 simpleRECURSION || Battlefield: Earth?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
In other news, I've discovered Google Earth (thanks, Edgar!), Google's pre-emptive (and, IMO, unsuccessful) strike against the upcoming MSN Virtual Earth (and NASA World Wind, in a way), that is, if Microsoft lives up to all the promises its developers made in the demo.
Google's secret weapon is merely old technology, everything they could scavenge from their quiet acquisition of Keyhole: the data is random and grossly varied, the resolution is low and a lot of data is just missing, creating a "better than nothing"-type aerial composite with non-matching landscape colours and tiles.
True, Google Earth is available as a standalone, free app, but we've all seen this three years ago; it's time for something new.
www.mig81.com /archives/001129.php   (197 words)

 Stomp Tokyo Video Reviews - Battlefield Earth
Battlefield Earth is a very special kind of bad movie.
No, Battlefield Earth is incompetent on nearly every level because the people who made it were apparently incapable of seeing that they were making a stinker.
By comparison, Battlefield Earth isn't nearly as painful as, say, Nukie, but that's akin to saying that a gunshot wound to the stomach isn't as bad as being eaten alive by ants.
www.stomptokyo.com /movies/b/battlefield-earth.html   (1585 words)

Battlefield Earth (1984) represented a compilation of all of his pulp science fiction themes, and the film version draws heavily upon this incredible legacy.
However, "Battlefield Earth" is not a retread of pop-culture icons.
  Indeed “Battlefield Earth” has the look of a comic book, and its tremendous artistry is apparent from the very first shots through the last reel of the picture.
www.towson.edu /~flynn/pulp.htm   (1421 words)

 DVD Verdict Review - Battlefield Earth
Battlefield Earth is bad in a very grand, dazzling sort of way; like when you see a clown, a set of stairs, and a banana peel all merging together as one.
Battlefield Earth is based on the best-selling book by Scientology (*snicker snicker*) founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Battlefield Earth is presented in its original 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format, and I actually have good things to say about it.
www.dvdverdict.com /reviews/battlefieldearth.php   (1885 words)

 Battlefield Earth Review - Jabootu's Bad Movie Dimension
Their solution was to design Battlefield Earth to be the first of two movies, with more to follow should the box office warrant it.
Since the Earth was surprised by their appearance, so much so that all our defenses fell in nine minutes, then you must assume that you don’t need teleportation equipment on both ends.
Battlefield Earth is my train set, he seems to be saying, and no one was going to tell him that he was ruining the movie for the rest of us.
www.jabootu.com /be.htm   (18179 words)

 TheMovieBoy Review: Battlefield Earth (2000)
There is no way to be intelligent when discussing a movie so repugnantly atrocious and unintelligible as "Battlefield Earth," reportedly John Travolta's dream project for ten years and based on the cult sci-fi novel by L. Ron Hubbard.
Incompetent in every way possible, it is a collision course of non-ideas, zero-dimensional characters, shoddy special effects, blase performances, and a complete disregard for anything that could possibly make any kind of sense to a human being watching such an embarrassment.
The plot is fairly incomprehensible, but it goes something like this: Set in the year 3000, when "man is an endangered species" on Earth, a 9-foot-tall alien race known as the Psychlos have wiped out almost all human existence, with only a minority of earthlings left to do the Psychlos' bidding.
www.themovieboy.com /reviews/b/00_battlefieldearth.htm   (363 words)

 MediaCircus.net: Battlefield Earth Movie Review by Anthony Leong
One of his more high-profile works was "Battlefield Earth", an 800+ page tome that recounted a far off future in which humanity was enslaved on an conquered Earth.
While there is little evidence that "Battlefield Earth" is a mass-market vehicle for indoctrination into Scientology, it is undoubtedly a lackluster blockbuster that will join the ranks of "The Mod Squad" and "The Avengers", saddled with uninteresting characters, howlingly-bad dialogue, and a plot built on clichés and illogical nonsense.
Earth has been ruled for 1000 years by a nine-foot tall alien race known as the Pschlos, who are stripping the planet of all its natural resources.
www.mediacircus.net /battlefieldearth.html   (1196 words)

 Battlefield Earth
Battlefield Earth, a big-budget science fiction epic wannabe adapted from the best-selling pulp novel by L. Ron Hubbard, is a turkey.
A thousand years later and the majority of the surviving humans are mere beasts of burden, toiling daily for the Psychlos as they strip the planet of its natural resources for their own gain.
Certainly, the careers of director Roger Christian, producer/star John Travolta and screenwriter Corey Mandell look sure to be forever tarred by the brush of Battlefield Earth, and it would be a great shame if Cmiral suffered the same fate and had what looked to be a promising halted before it really began.
www.moviemusicuk.us /bearthcd.htm   (988 words)

 Battlefield Earth by Side Order of Ninjas-Totally Ninjarific
Earth: it is the year 3000, man is an endangered species.
In a role as you've never seen him John Travolta stars as the cruelly destructive Terl (alien security chief of Earth); Berry Pepper is Earth's fiery rebel leader, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, and Forest Whittaker as Terl's hilarious and deceptive assistant, Ker.
Earth has been under the rule of the brutal Psychlos that mine planets bare.
www.geocities.com /sideorderofninjas/reviews/battlefield.html   (5434 words)

 Battlefield Earth - Cincinnati.Com
Memory fails to summon the name of a movie as ludicrous and unintentionally funny as Battlefield Earth, John Travolta’s act of career hubris in service to the late Scientology crackpot, L. Ron Hubbard.
Hubbard’s unreadable sludge pile of a novel, the film is set on Earth in the year 3000, where the Y3K problem obviously has gotten way out of hand.
Not Aspen?), have reduced Earth to a mining colony, using humans (or ‘‘man-animals’’) as slave labor.
cincinnati.com /freetime/movies/other/051200_battlefield_earth.html   (496 words)

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