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December 25, 2017
Better than a Roger Corman-produced Star Wars knock-off has any reason to be. Great James Horner score and a largely pretty decent cast and script - but the action scenes are rather dull. Famously, a young James Cameron worked on the spaceship miniatures.
July 3, 2017
long and dumb, like an episode of star trek but not as good. the space cowboy was dumb, the valkerie was dumb
½ April 21, 2017
A guilty pleasure with many good scenes amongst the schlock....
½ May 1, 2016
This felt like a movie someone made using a handful of random action figures found at a garage sale to write about. On one hand the movie's premise is amazing: A planet threatened by a galactic warlord hires a mishmash, ragtag group of mercenaries to protect them... Seven Samurai/Magnificent Seven style! ... But then the movie is really dull... There's very little great character moments, which the film begs for. The film deserves to be much better than it is.
½ January 10, 2016
A Strange and funny good/bad movie.
August 5, 2015
Can't resist those classic "B" movies even if this isn't really a classic.
June 7, 2015
James Horner Is One Of My Favorite Film Composers.
½ March 4, 2015
Denizens from a peaceful planet are threatened with an alien invasion and must seek the help from intergalactic warriors, whose only desire is to fight and protect. Goofy to the extreme with cheesy special effects and even cheesier dialogue. Add to this the presence of Sybil Danning and her outfits and what you get is a fun adventure for the kid in all of us.
½ September 11, 2014
Here's a fun little sci-fi film. The effects might be dated and the female stereotypes annoying, but it's definitely worth watching. Food for the creative mind.
September 9, 2014
EXP: 49% Looks hilarious though
August 17, 2014
A silly B movie, Star Wars ripoff, produced by Roger Corman, sounds great theright? Well the short answer is yes. The long answer is that if you're not looking for any type of serious narrative, characters, or dialogue and just looking for pure ridiculous Sci Fi fun, than this is the movie for you.
½ July 29, 2014
What I'll never understand about these early Star Wars knockoffs is how they looked for the reasons Star Wars was so successful and then decided to copy only the space opera aspect without including any of the realistic lived-in feel that separated it from the '30s Flash Gordon serials. Which is how you end up with films like this, filled with excellent '80s starships and space battles (James Cameron started here as an effects specialist) but also costumes that look right out of the original Star Trek: white-faced aliens with third eyes painted on along with a space cowboy cleverly named Space Cowboy. Not that I don't love me my classic Trek, but at least those plots had something to them. Here the script is just filled with cheesy dialogue that sounds like it's adapted from some kind of '60s hippie commune.

The plot gets full props for inspiration if not execution. Basically the Seven Samurai in space it takes a compelling tale and adds lasers. Problem is it chooses to follow the peasant character (*cough* flyboy) who is a tedious teenage bland idealist, when it could be following any one of the other more interesting players. As a result the characters (or caricatures) never really take off.

This film exists in the zone between genuinely bad and barely competent films. It's not quite bad enough to be funny but it's not good enough to stick with you on its own merits. It just kinda‚?¶ is.
Super Reviewer
½ July 17, 2014
Hot on the heels of a small sci-fi production called 'Star Wars' came this remake of 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'Seven Samurai'. If you haven't guessed the difference was the story has now been set in space.

A Roger Corman production so you might think it would be space trash, but at the time this was quite a big release as sci-fi was popular again. The people involved with this film is actually quite impressive, for one James Cameron was in charge of the effects (mainly models) so this explains why they look so detailed, imaginative and quite good.

The cast for the film is also impressive for the time, looking back they are all your typical B-movie players really. Classic character actor Richard Thomas is the young hero, the legend†Robert Vaughn plays a space merc, John Saxon is the evil space villain and George Peppard is the 'Space Cowboy'. Yep he has no name other than that, cos he's coooool. All are legends in their own right (accept Thomas maybe) but you can't deny all have popped up in some glorious B-movie fluff in their time, film and TV.

The film on the whole is a brave effort and bold with certain ideas. The start of the film seems quite sensible with its 'Star Trek' like score playing accompanying slow camera pans of various spaceships...all very 'Star Trek-ish'. The costumes aren't too bad either, this isn't a 'Flash Gordon' type affair, well not too much. Of course you can see many similarities to other films in both costumes and various ideas but that is pretty inevitable seeing as 'Star Wars' came out in 78.

As the film progresses it does become a tad dull really, the whole time is spent with the hero looking for mercs to save his home planet. This is where the film tends to rollercoaster as some people he meets are pretty good in design, others are not. Take Peppard as the Space Cowboy, his ship's interior looks good, its well designed and has a nice 'Millennium Falcon' feel about it, the character himself is cliched but Peppard makes the role work nicely.

Some ships looks good while others look terrible, laser effects are poor and not helped by the quite ridiculous sound effects used. The names used for some of these alien races, planets etc...tend to be rather daft too. Sets vary from scene to scene with the odd one looking nice but most looking rather plastic with merely lots of flashing lights everywhere.

Speaking of the 'Millennium Falcon', Robert Vaughn's character is a complete 'Han Solo' rip off in my opinion, right down to his boots. Other characters like the 'Nestor' and 'Valkyrie warriors' are just your typical B-movie crap frankly. They look like they were designed in the 50's, bad makeup, tacky fake plastic looking costumes and completely childish, real cheap sci-fi. From time to time there are some nice ideas though, the character of 'Cayman' is a nice addition with a reasonable looking reptilian mask.

Oh I forgot...the 'Valkyrie warriors' are stunning women with tight outfits that easily reveal their enormous breasts. Just like it would be in space, what? are you saying there aren't alien races like that?.

The film does get sillier and sillier as it goes on, the ham builds with performances and effects. I loved the evil laughter sequences by Saxon and his mutant henchmen...classic stuff. A little bit of evil dialog then pause for some evil laughter with your henchmen. The makeup design for 'Sador' actually looks a bit like Ed Wood's 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' with the single face mark, the mark of the baddie.

The film kicks into gear towards the end as we see the final battle between 'Sador' and good guys. Lots of laser gun fights, dodgy space battles with the same model sequences being reused over and over and some great cheesy acting from all.

Its clear to see many influences in this film from classic sci-fi such as 'Star Trek', 'Lost in Space', 'Westworld', 'Forbidden Planet', 'Star Wars' and many films from the 70's. But you have to hand it to Corman and director Murakami as they too have influenced many sci-fi films with this. The whole concept of a 'space cowboy' may well have originated here, if you overlook 'Han Solo'.
May 24, 2014
Low budget. Predictable.
½ May 24, 2014
Not sure if my favorite part of the movie is the spaceship with breasts or the space cowboy rocking a rebel flag on his spaceship.
Pure 80's cheeeeez
½ May 13, 2014
Pure schlock, but I guess it's entertaining enough.
April 12, 2014
It's fairly apparent a Star Wars knock-off, but the creativity, ambitious cast and cheap production value are all entertaining.
March 23, 2014
An imaginatively fun cast of intergalactic species team up to save one planet's people from genocide at the hands of a war-mongering spacelord in this Roger Corman classic. Sci-fi fans will love the Star Wars/Trek archetypes that have been assembled but, must concede the story boldly goes nowhere.
½ January 13, 2014
A not so bad/not
so good film post STAR WARS.
December 7, 2013
I liked it. I am starting to like old sci-fi movies.
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