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This lucrative, elephantine-budgeted sci-fi opus paved the way for director Roland Emmerich's mega-hit Independence Day (1996). The story commences in Giza, Egypt, circa 1928, where an archaeological expedition unearths an ancient ring with cryptic hieroglyphs. The film then moves to the present day, where Egyptologist Daniel Jackson (James Spader) is busily trying to convince a group of skeptics that the pyramids were not built by man, but by an extraterrestrial force. After the lecture, a
Oct 28, 1994 Wide
Jun 17, 1997
Artisan Home Entertainment
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What Emmerich achieves is a sense of grand scale that makes the film fun to watch as a space adventure.
"Has matured wonderfully, sustaining as a curious genre exercise in blockbuster yearn marked by surprising buoyancy, madly entertaining performances, and a fertile cinematic imagination behind the camera not yet corrupted by massive box office success."
Still, this is a decent little diversion, the kind of pure popcorn fodder that would find a far more ballsy form when Will Smith took on city-sized flying saucers in Independence Day.
The main problem with Stargate is not with set-up, but with execution. After a while you feel like you're just watching weird people staggering around a desert.
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The thinness and bizarre randomness of the story is equalled by some unimpressive special effects
Note to director: sand, in and of itself, really isn't all that interesting.
What starts out as not the same-old, same-old sci-fi quickly degenerates into the same-old, same-old action-movie gunplay, and all the potentially interesting ideas the film introduces end up virtually unexplored.
...an encouraging premise, good special effects, excellent sound, and one of the dumbest payoffs in big-budget film history.
Stargate will satisfy those who are single-mindedly focused on the fabulous premise of instant travel through space, and time. But it could have, and should have, been done much better than this.
Production design, costumes and special effects are superb and they all make the alien world very convincing.
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- Lieutenant Kawalsky: [Jackson sneezes hard] Cold?
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- Dr. Daniel Jackson: [repeats gesture] inviting us to go with him.
- Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil: Give my regards to King Tut asshole!
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