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Battlefield Earth

Threat advisory: Low - Low risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

This story takes place in the year 3000 CE. An alien race, the Psychlos, have controlled earth for a millennium and have all but wiped out the human race. While the 3-metre-tall aliens mine the planet to ruin, a few humans struggle to survive. One of them is Jonny good-boy Tyler (Barry Pepper). Tyler decides to ride out of hiding and explore the world, leaving his love Chrissie (Sabine Karsenti) behind. After learning about the fate and past of the human race, he is soon captured by the evil Psychlo security officer Terl (John Travolta). As Terl toys with his new personal slave, Tyler plots to destroy the aliens and restore the human race to its former glory.

Persons of interest

  • John Travolta .... Terl
  • Barry Pepper .... Jonnie Goodboy Tyler
  • Forest Whitaker .... Ker
  • Kim Coates .... Carlo
  • Sabine Karsenti .... Chrissy
  • Michael Byrne .... Parson Staffer
  • Christian Tessier .... Mickey
  • Sylvain Landry .... Sammy
  • Richard Tyson .... Robert the Fox
  • Michel Perron .... Rock
  • Michael MacRae .... District Manager Zete
  • L Ron Hubbard .... Author
  • Cory Mandell .... Screenwriter
  • J David Shaprio .... Screenwriter
  • Roger Christian .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

What a travesty.

The Battlefield Earth novel is one of science fiction's greatest works. It is epic in scale and intimate in characterisation. Jonny and Terl are marvels of subtlety and intrigue, their plans and counter-plans come close to rivalling Dune. Unfortunately both novels were adapted for the screen by people who cared less about the heart of the stories and more about getting a bit of action down on film. Action is the last thing that they are about.

Roger Christian's direction is very strange and I don't mean that in a good way. As the script jumps from scene to scene he plays with curtain fades to create some sense of connection. It doesn't work. The performances he has drawn from Barry Pepper, John Travolta and Forest Whitaker are embarrassing.

Nonetheless, because this project has the backing of the Scientologists Battlefield Earth 2 is in pre-production. You have been warned.

what DVD features

  • Audio commentary: director and production designer
  • Evolution and creation - behind-the-scenes documentary
  • Storyboard montage
  • John Travolta's make-up test
  • Visual effects featurette
  • Teaser and theatrical trailers
  • Hidden video spots
  • Biographies

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

117 minutes (1:57 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 28 September 2000
VHS rental: 12 December 2000
DVD retail: 13 June 2001

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