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Stargate has splashy visuals and James Spader to recommend it, but corny characterization and a clunky script makes this a portal to ho-hum. Read critic reviews

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In modern-day Egypt, professor Daniel Jackson (James Spader) teams up with retired Army Col. Jack O'Neil (Kurt Russell) to unlock the code of an interstellar gateway to an ancient Egypt-like world. They arrive on a planet ruled by the despotic Ra (Jaye Davidson), who holds the key to the Earth travelers' safe return. Now, in order to escape from their intergalactic purgatory, Jackson and O'Neil must convince the planet's people that Ra must be overthrown.

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Kurt Russell
Colonel Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil
James Spader
Dr. Daniel Jackson
Viveca Lindfors
Catherine Langford, Ph.D.
Leon Rippy
Gen. West
John Diehl
Maj. Charles Kawalsky
Erick Avari
'Good Father' Kasuf
Mario Kassar
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David Arnold
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Derek Brechin
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Holger Gross
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Frank Bollinger
Art Direction
Peter Murton
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Jim Erickson
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Joseph A. Porro
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  • Nov 03, 2013
    Stargate is the second Roland Emmerich feature, and is a flawed, but somewhat enjoyable effort from a director who is very hit and miss. Stargate is a fun, entertaining picture that is visually stunning and boasts some pretty good performances. Although far from perfect, this film isn't as bad as it seems, but it does have a few weak moments. I feel that that if the script would have been better thought out, this film really could have been a highly engaging, thrilling and memorable sci fi adventure. As it is, it's a good film that unfortunately has a few elements missing to really make it a standout feature. Nonetheless, the film doers boast good action to make up for the weak moments that are found throughout. I really liked the film, and considering it was directed by Roland Emmerich, it's a pretty good effort. There are enough effective moments to keep you interested, but like I said, you are left wanting more as the scripts limitations do show up. The story should be reworked, but overall, film buffs who enjoy mindless action films, should give this film a chance. Even with all its imperfections, Stargate is an underrated film, one that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. There are far worst films out there, and Emmerich has directed far worst movies than this. Stargate, along with Independence Day are his finest works, and display a certain element from a director that most of the time, can't seem to craft a good film. This is good fun with all its flaws, and it's not as bad as what the mainstream critics have said about. Yes, the script should have been better written, with a few revisions here and there, but there's still effective entertainment to be had here.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2013
    A spectacular and tremendously enjoyable sci-fi epic. An instant classic in it's own right. A wickedly entertaining and explosive action-adventure that's loaded with eye-popping special effects, great humor and non-stop thrills from start to finish. A heart-pounding and mind-blowing action-packed thrill-ride that hits alll the right notes. A full-throttle roller-coaster ride that dose not let up for an instant. James Spader and Kurt Russell are terrific. Director, Ronald Emmerich crafts one of his finest and most incredible movies ever.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2012
    From director Roland Emmerich comes Stargate, an epic sci-fi adventure that spawned one of the biggest franchises of the genre. The film follows the discovery of a mysterious Egyptian artifact that turns out to be a portal to another world, and the expedition sent through to make contact. Kurt Russell and James Spader lead the cast and give solid performances. While the plot and concepts are interesting, the film's pacing is a bit labored and it doesn't quite tell as epic a story as it promises. The special effects are somewhat dated, but still manage to deliver exciting and thrilling action sequences. Even with its flaws, Stargate holds up as a fun and entertaining film with a thrilling adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2011
    roland emmerich's best.
    Nay Nay B Super Reviewer

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