Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000) (part 1 of 10)
Well, this is it. The big one. One of the most requested movies from readers of this site and, in fact, one of the films that first got me interested in bad movie riffing in the first place.
Ah, Battlefield Earth. Of all the bad movies I’ve read about, this one has by far attracted the most hatred and contempt. It’s absolutely synonymous with terms like “ill-advised”, “ego project”, “monumentally stupid” and, of course, “box-office bomb of massive proportions”. I spent literally entire nights reading up on this movie, trawling through cyberspace for articles and reviews, and in all that time I found not one single website that said one positive thing about this movie—and bear in mind that I’ve actually found fans of Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings. The one with the disco-balls and Sam the Gay Crack-Baby hobbit. There are plenty of people who think that film is a classic, but nobody is crazy enough to be a fan of Battlefield Earth.
The warning signs, of course, are there for all to see. For one thing, this movie is a vanity project. In other words, it was made because of the obsessive drive of One Man Following His Dream. And though this will sound incredibly cynical and misanthropic even for yours truly, this movie just goes to show that following your dream isn’t always a good thing.