Oct 27, 2016
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000) (part 9 of 10)
Ah, Battlefield Earth. What can I say that hasn’t already been said by the folks I’m following? Nothing, really, so I’ll try something positive: This is actually one of the few sci-fi films that shows teamwork saving our planet, instead of humanity’s fate resting on one man. I’ll give the movie that. Also, they do have some cool prop designs. I want my own Psychlo ship and gun.
Unfortunately, the script takes a “best of” approach to the novel. Also, the movie added a lot of stuff (no Harrier jets in the novel—the humans use Psychlo ships and equipment against them). This movie probably would have worked better as a miniseries, but no, they assumed it would be so popular there would be sequels.
No matter; I will never sell my DVD copy. It’s too good of a comedy to sell, even without the RiffTrax. I even own an 11″ talking Terl action figure that I bought at the Goodwill store where I work, which I will never sell, either. Like the movie, the phrases it utters are way too funny for me to part with it.
So, when we last left off, Carlo had given his life to destroy the big freaking Psychlo greenhouse. And despite using the same equipment that could only put up a measly nine minute fight a thousand years ago, they’ve started to turn the tide against their alien overlords.
Terl activates the teleportation platform to bring down reinforcements, and we cut to the Psychlo homeworld, where thousands of dreadlocked morons are lined up and ready to kick some Earthling ass.