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Stargate wants to be an entertaining, thought provoking sci fi flick. But it fails with ugly costumes, bad screenplay, cheap cgi, and cliched action.
It's not as smart as it could've been, but Stargate is still an enjoyable sci-fi movie that has good visual effects and decent performances and characters.
This still holds up 24 years later. It's a complete blast. Roland Emmerich wanted to be a director after seeing A New Hope. The story is heavilly inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy. It's just a blast to watch.
Not much for Emmerich movies, but this was a pretty straightforward film. Especially towards the 3rd act making for a quick and easy ending.
part indy jones, part star wars, part mummy, whats not to like???
Just re-watched on Showtime and "Stargate" is one of those near-great popcorn movies you can watch again and again - a la "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
The story line is totally preposterous - especially given how much of the History Channel is now devoted to alien intervention here on Earth - yet it manages to pull it all off. James Spaders is fantastic as the nerdy linguist who solves in two weeks what others have been working on for two years (!). And Kurt Russel so hunky and taciturn, yet so vulnerable, as the colonel leading this expedition. Both are bolstered by strong supporting cast. Then the sets and scenes are great once they go through the stargate to the Egypt-like land on the other side of the universe. Most of all, the ever enjoyable trope of an oppressed people rising up against their overlord always in so affirming when so well done - and in this case the Egyptian god Ra, so ably and almost campily, but not quite, played by Jaye Davidson.
"Stargate" a repeat viewing movie that always delivers.
Sci-fi movies usually have some way of explaining the reality thus connecting to real life. My only explanation for all character actions starting with basic - dont go inside the unknown space without gas mask quarantine suit, but it goes on. At 1 hour of watching this I had a feeling I am watching Dumb and Dumber competing for the lowest IQ. Nowadays even kids wont be satisfied with such sloppy script/screen play/plot/storyline. The best way to fix this movie would be to add background auditory laughter and applauds and Benny Hill music...perfection
While the TV show cleans up a lot, this is great little SciFi.
A real fun movie if your into Secrets of past societies, sci fi, aliens, or space travel.
Roland Emmerich isnt exactly known for being the best action director, but at least this is kinda unique.