Stargate

1994

Stargate

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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 military man approaches him and offers him a job translating the said ring; its inscriptions actually constitute a map to a massive stargate (or interstellar portal). The army sends over resident crackpot colonel Jack O'Neill (Kurt Russell) to travel through the stargate and see what's on the other side; Jackson accompanies him, and the two men turn up in a desert planet on the other side of the universe, with three moons in its sky. The world in question is ruled by Ra (Jaye Davidson), a hermaphroditic Egyptian sun god, who oppresses hordes of slave workers. Jackson and O'Neill then join forces to help the said workers revolt against their oppressor. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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  • It works not because ridiculousness is concealed, but because ridiculousness on this scale becomes something else. Don't let anyone tell you that Stargate, lifeless script and all, isn't clunky fun, proudly trembling on the brink of classic camp.

    May 2, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
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  • [A] loopy, mostly entertaining sci-fi adventure.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The movie Ed Wood, about the worst director of all time, was made to prepare us for Stargate.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A cinematic fireworks show without the grand finale.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Stargate starts promisingly... But it then turns into an interminable exercise in special effects and not-so-special fisticuffs.

    Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • What Emmerich achieves is a sense of grand scale that makes the film fun to watch as a space adventure.

    Jun 27, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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