Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000) (part 2 of 10)

We open with loud and bombastic music, which immediately reminded me of Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings. Damn, it’s like the movie actually wants me to hate it. Said music, according to the end credits, was composed by someone named Elia Cmiral. Who the heck is that, you ask? My point exactly.

(To my horror, the first thing the commentary track reveals is that Roger Christian has an absolutely adorable British accent. I’m going to have a hard time mocking him now, because for some reason guys with British accents make me go all gooey.)

To my dismay, the end credits will reveal that Patrick Tatopoulos was responsible for the production design and costume design. As you may recall, he was also involved in the making of the American bastardization of Godzilla, and Matthew Broderick’s character was even named after him, which very nearly qualifies Tatopoulos for Repeat Offender status. That makes me sad, since I’m actually a great admirer of the man’s work. His involvement in Godzilla, this, and now Eragon makes Jet cry many single tears.

(The other party on the commentary track is in fact Tatopoulos himself. Thank Hubbard it wasn’t Travolta. My head would have exploded, because, according to reports, Travolta thought the movie rocked, and was still talking about a sequel well after it was clear that it was a complete box office and critical failure.

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  • Guest

    *applause* Marvelous. Simply marvelous. Thanks a ton for this, you guys.

  • Pcadamson

    Loved it. Very well done.

  • Mangraa

    Bravo! Such courage you all had!

  • david francis white

    Matrix Revolutions is worse the Battlefield:earth and Human Centipede 1,2 & 3 combined!!!!!!!

    • someone

      Worse than the Human Centipede movies? Sorry, but I highly doubt it.

      • MichaelANovelli

        Well, Human Centipede didn’t exist when we wrote this. Otherwise, we might not have taken it so poorly. ^_^

  • jamesapril

    Interesting that people can get away with slamming minority religions, but if you said the same thing for Catholicism or Judaism, you’d get lawsuits.

    I did not like the slander on Hubbard’s organizations (which deal with drug rehab, criminal reform, literacy programs and currently investigating overprescribed psych drugs such as Ritalin on school kids).

    Regardless, I agree that Travolta and the scripwriters made a bomb out of this film. You mentioned these guys didn’t even read the book which I agree with.

    If you bothered reading the collectibles such as Astounding Science Fiction and other pulps’ fan letters, Hubbard, along with Heinlein and Asimov, were popular writers at the time. He wrote mostly adventure and western stories actually.


    • NickCardyFan

      ^^This dude is a Scientologist, check out his posts on the Amazon Dianetics page, and his interactions with a guy named Peter Reeves, which are hysterical, and other posters. This dude nymshifts and changes his nickname all the time, and deletes his posts, to try and hide his trollery, he can’t even admit he’s a Scientologist here.