Welcome to our first installment of Throwback Thursdays, where we review sci-fi films from long ago. You know, the old school SyFy that we remember as kids and young adults. The stuff we grew up with. Anyway, today we are goign to start with the movie Stargate. I remember when this film first came out in 1994, was really awesome! It didn’t get a lot of publicity but something about it just struck a chord with me. I’ve always been fascinated with Atlantis, Ancient Aliens, pyramids, Egypt, lost civilizations and stuff like that. So when I saw pyramids and aliens together on the poster I was very intrigued.
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So I went to check it out. You know, this movie is really good but unfortunately it kinda dies during the second half. But I still recommend it. I’ve seen it like 20 times and I don’t want to ruin it for you. The mystery at the beginning is really key to enjoying the film. The stargate is the twist so if I tell you too much it will ruin it. But let’s just say that the first half, the mysterious half, starts off really good but then it kind of dies in the second half. I mean the first half is so good and so intriguing that it more than makes up for the second half. In the second half you just feel like they got tired of writing or something. Maybe they just got lazy. Like they had to just hurry up and finish the movie and just wrote some crap. Still a good movie like I said.
So the basic premise of the film is that they find an artifact and they hire an out of work egyptologist to decipher the writing on it. That’s all I can say without giving away more of the film. Other than to say that the government is involved and it deals with pyramids, conspiracies, and the military. Let’s just say if you like the show Ancient Aliens on the History Channel then you will love the premise of this film.
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The acting is pretty good especially by James Spader who plays Daniel Jackson, the Egyptologist who must solve the riddle of the Star Gate. He does a great job and his character Jackson is hilarious. There are a few other notable actors like Kurt Russel who do a decent job as well.
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The thing I have to say is that this movie could have been so much more! I mean, it was going in a really good direction. I was fascinated and totally on the edge of my seat about the mystery of the stargate when I first saw it. What was it? How did it work? What was it’s purpose? The writers take us into some really intriguing and fascinating areas involving aliens, ancient civilasions and the universe. This film, if written better, could have created a sci-fi classic of the ages. But I always feel that Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich of 2012 and Independence day fame, always start deep with these films and then just go popcorn Hollywood on us! It’s so disappointing! You just feel that they are fascinated with this material but then sell out or something at the end.
Anyway, there is a tv series that continues where the movie left off called Star Gate SG1 that is very popular and has a huge fan base. I watched a few of those but never got into it.
I also hear that they are planning a reboot of the original movie. I hope this time they take the material much more seriously than they did back then. Supposedly it will be a trilogy of films.
I have a true love-hate relationship with Roland’s films because like I said, I alway start off fascinated and intrigued by the premise (2012, independence day), only to be let down by bad writing and Hollywood schlock at the end. But I have to admit that by the fact that I watch so many of his films, that as cheesy as some of them can be, they are some of my favorites.
“Stargate is a 1994 adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first release in the Stargate franchise. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film stars Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Alexis Cruz, Mili Avital, and Viveca Lindfors. The plot centers on the premise of a “Stargate“, an ancient ring-shaped device that creates a wormhole enabling travel to a similar device elsewhere in the universe. The film’s central plot explores the theory of extraterrestrial beings having an influence upon human civilization.
The film had a mixed initial critical reception, earning both praise and criticism for its atmosphere, story, characters, and graphic content. Nevertheless, Stargate became a commercial success worldwide. Devlin and Emmerich gave the rights to the franchise to MGM when they were working on their 1996 film Independence Day, and MGM retains the domestic television rights. The rights to the Stargate film are owned by StudioCanal, with Lions Gate Entertainment handling most distribution in international theatrical and worldwide home video releases, although Rialto Pictures handles domestic distribution under license from StudioCanal.” ~ Wikipedia.
What did you think of Star Gate? Did you see it 20 years ago?
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