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Stargate (Ultimate Edition) (1994)

Cast: Chuck Jeffries, Chuck Jeffries, Kurt Russell, more...
Director: Roland Emmerich, Roland Emmerich
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Studio: Live/Artisan
Genre: Action, Science Fiction , Time Travel, Aliens
Running Time: 119 min.
Subtitles: English
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The advertisements for Stargate declared ominously, "Sealed and buried for all time is the key to mankind's future." Well, mankind didn't fare too well, but director/writer Roland Emmerich and co-writer Dean Devlin did pretty well with this highly derivative science-fiction success that paved the way for Emmerich and Devlin's mega-hit Independence Day. The story begins in Giza, Egypt, in 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 ancient tiles housed in an Egyptian archaeological site. The tiles turn out to be the key that turns a lock in a stargate which leads to an Earth-like world on the other side of the universe. 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. O'Neill and his troops enter the stargate and end up in a place that resembles the Arabia from Lawrence of Arabia. The only difference is the three moons in the sky. It turns out that O'Neill has stumbled upon the land of Ra (Jaye Davidson), a sexually indeterminate Egyptian sun god. Ra was the intelligence behind the creation of humankind on Earth and this world as well, and is perturbed with the ancient Egyptians for sealing off their portion of the space and time portal, trapping Ra on the planet. Ra wants to get back to Earth and has decided the use these obtuse earthlings to do it. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

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Fine scifi yarn by Texan99 September 5, 2010 - 2:57 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This appealing little movie doesn't break any ground, but it solidly entertains. James Spader is at his most winning -- no creepiness of any kind. His love interest manages to be captivating without any English at all; her enchanting little brother even more so. There's the standard soulless-military-type-vs.-fully-evolved-anthropologist meme that Hollywood so loves, but even that is not particularly ham-handed or one-sided. The mysterious bad guys are consistently eerie and interesting. This is the kind of science fiction I love.

Visually exciting by Neutron November 17, 2003 - 10:49 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie definitely lives up to the "visually exciting" tag, the concept and general look of the film are both exquisite, sweeping Lawrence of Arabia style landscapes, very unique and atypical. The costumes are ornately detailed and have an interesting style of their own. This is good big, no... HUGE budget science Fiction. Jaye Davidson (from the Crying Game) plays the villain well, using his androgynous features for an interesting role that is actually somewhat convincing in the manner of an Egyptian God (who were always very androgynous)/Alien. Spader and Russell are both good in this and play well off of each other, even if their roles are somewhat cliched.

A good big budget science fiction movie with some dang fine visuals. I guess there is a tv series in the same continuity featuring Richard Dean "MacGyver" Anderson, but I can't and won't vouch for that.

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