Stargate

Approached with a generous spirit and a vacant mind, this bombastic sci-fi epic is hugely enjoyable. Having deciphered the symbols on an ancient stone, eccentric Egyptologist Dr Jackson (Spader), accompanied by hardass Colonel O'Neil (Russell) and a crack marine patrol, walks through the stone portal to an alternate world where a raggle-taggle band of desert-dwellers are ruled by despotic King Ra (Davidson). O'Neil has secretly brought with him an atomic device, his suicide mission to close the Stargate for ever. The unwitting Jackson, however, has eyes only for the lovely Skaara (Cruz), whose downtrodden people rise up against their oppressors. At this point, it's best to surrender to the bombardment of glossy images and spectacular fx, a (manu)script from which many pages appear to be missing, and a stirring score that drives all before it. Futuristic tosh, certainly, but fun all the same.

Release details

Duration: 121 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roland Emmerich
Screenwriter: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Cast: Kurt Russell
James Spader
Jaye Davidson
Viveca Lindfors
Alexis Cruz
Mili Avital
Leon Rippy

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Inthannon

While the script is certainly a little clunky towards the end and the action takes over, the score and visuals of Stargate are beautiful and enticing. I must remark that the reviewer of this site must either not have been paying attention to suggest that Dr Jackson had a pedophilic relationship with a young boy, when in fact it was Skaara's older sister Shau'ri that Jackson was married to. While not perfect the film is highly enjoyable if you like sci-fi and can compete favourably with other films of the same era, after all which of those produced a hit tv-series running for 10 years with two more spin-offs?