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Episode 005: Battlefield Earth (2000) – Johnny Be Good

Maximilian Rivera April 26, 2016
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After enslavement and near extermination by an alien race in the year 3000, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler takes a stand against the evil Psychlos.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 3%

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We’re back to the grind around here at the The Critical Breakdown Headquarters! This week, we’re reviewing Battlefield Earth (2000). Yes, the cult classic sci-fi film based on the epic novel by the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard.

Battlefield Earth was directed by Roger Christian, and written by J.D. Shapiro and Corey Mandell. ​

Most of you probably know this film as John Travolta’s magnum opus… or his colossal failure. I mean, how could Travolta and Forest Whitaker playing 10-foot tall, dreadlocked capitalistic aliens who keep humans in pens and use them for manual labor ever be bad?

This film was envisioned as Schindler’s List in Space, and it lacks all the historicity and emotional depth, but is almost as depressing in a sense. Of course, the film is bursting at the seams with everything from guacamole troughs to rat snacks and harrier jets! Just like Schindler’s List!

Travolta went on record to say this movie was like Star Wars, but better.

​What do you think?

Here are a couple of weird scenes we described, including the Planet of the Apes inspired hose-down and Terl shooting cow legs.
Scott was pretty let down about us not watching Passion Play (2010). Here’s the star-studded trailer which solidified our decision to never watch it:
Sure, Battlefield Earth is a better made movie than some of our previous episodes, but it was still a dirty diaper in the history of cinema.

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Next episode, we find out what happens when the Italian Stallion meets an armed and dangerous Estelle Getty.

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.