One of the things that me and my dad were attracted to this movie was the interesting theory that this film lays out as it's main idea for it, since of course, me and my dad are science fanatics. The only problem is that this film turns sour and almost awful, due to some embarrassing and stupid moments that hamper this promising film, still, it's an interesting film to watch; that is if you can stick through the bad parts and enjoy the good ones.Dr. Daniel Jackson, who is a brilliant, but broke archaeologist and linguist, gets an offer from a mysterious old lady called Catherine (Viveca Lindfors), to come to Colorado and help on a military project that consists of deciphering hieroglyphs and other weird symbols on a cover stone, which of course is the key to open the Stargate. As time goes by we get to see that Catherine is the daughter of an archaeologist that discovered the gate back in 1928 (hence the intro), and we are also introduced to Col. Jack O'Neil (Kurt Russell), who’s the project leader, and has recently lost his kid. So Jackson deciphers all those symbols that are constellations, and soon he helps to open for the very first time the Stargate, then a team is assigned for a reconnaissance the other side of the gate, which leads to a distant planet with similar conditions in Earth, and Jackson and O'Neil are assigned to it, and there's where the story takes off, since they find out about the evil alien Ra, and his intentions of destroying planet Earth and all that shit, that these guys in the end have to stop.
"Good Idea, Bad Execution, But No Vomit."
The first part of the film comes out strong, since the theory of the Egyptian pyramids really nails the interest of any Egyptian buff. Of course this theory is highly possible, and is discussed throughout the first part of the film. That was the best moment of the film.
The praise ends there, and when our heroes go into the other side of the gate, that's when everything starts to crumble. Sure the rest of the story is believable, but then it gets all thrown off when we discover that O'Neil is carrying a secret nuclear bomb. And then we realize about O'Neil's order, which signals the downfall of the film. Track down any signs of danger I have to blow up the Stargate. I also asked myself, now why the fuck would anyone would do that. If the military acted like this, there wouldn't be so much shit about UFOs surrounding and biting their ass. The step that the film makes at that point is downright ridiculous, it would be illogical EVEN for the military to do something like that since they're the most dedicated people in the research of the unknown. Sheesh.
The alien costumes were cool, but unfortunately I was annoyed by the costume of the Sun God Ra (Jaye Davidson), the little fuck looks more like a Las Vegas Showgirl or plainly, some fucking faggot. That was annoying, and he definitely looked weak for a GOD, so that was kind of amusing. But the film's later action sequences and the final scene also leave something to be desired, and in fact, the last part of the film was pretty much dull. Sure the ending is pretty cool but doesn't make up for much, well; at least the fight was ass kicking.In the end, if you want to see this film go see it at your own risk, it's entertaining and very interesting up towards the first half, but unfortunately loses it's touch in the end, but it's still viewable. Well, that's speaking for the half that likes movies, but the Egyptologist buffs; I guess this one’s for you.
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originally posted: 07/29/01 10:47:28