Originally Posted by stump
I wasn't sure exactly what a Dutch angle was, so I looked it up on wikipedia. The first thing you see is a still from Battlefield Earth.
Thing is... I saw this piece of shit opening weekend too. I hadn't seen the trailers. I had just flown in from Bolivia... I was pretty oblivious to the whole thing. I saw Gladiator on a Friday and still could catch this one on Saturday or Sunday I think.
I hadn't read the reviews... I really didn't know much about it or what to expect.
So I sat there and it didn't take very long for me to realize that I was watching one of the worst things ever made. I think if you had turned the camera on the audience, I would have resembled one of the audience members in The Producers
. And that cartoonish grimace probably stayed frozen on my face for the entire running time of the film.
I don't think there had been a movie quite that bad - or at least bad in this tremendously unpleasant and unimaginable way - in a very long time. And I don't think there has been since.The Avengers
was very bad a year or two before. And, a few years later we had Freddy Got Fingered
. Both are bad films. But there is something there, in any case. And other reportedly "bad" films (like the recent work of Shyamalan) are not
bad in my opinion.
But Battlefield Earth
is one of the few genuinely irredeemably bad films I can think of in our time.
So... Yeah. Spot on assessment Devin.
Except for Barry Pepper. Outside of a great turn in Private Ryan
, he was pretty much a non-entity. After this, he actually went on to do some good memorable work. He was particularly great in 25th Hour
. So, if anything, he got lucky.
But you'd think it would have destroyed the careers of the more high-profile people involved. And yet it didn't.
One thing that stayed with me... The weekend it opened, VH-1 had some special on the film. Travolta, Pepper, Roger Christian and others were hosting videos for the day and talking about the film. They way they talked about it, you'd think they'd made the best thing since orgasms. They just went on and on about how it was the most amazing sci-fi epic adventure in history.
Travolta referred to Barry Pepper as: The greatest sci-fi hero in, like, ever.
Then you see the movie.