In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
In 1928, in Egypt, a strange device is found by an expedition. In the present days, the outcast linguist Dr. Daniel Jackson is invited by a mysterious woman to decipher an ancient hieroglyph in a military facility. Soon he finds that the device was developed by an advanced civilization and opens a portal to teletransport to another planet. Dr. Jackson is invited to join a military team under the command of Colonel Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil that will explore the new world. They find a land that recalls Egypt and humans in a primitive culture that worship and are slaves to Ra, the God of the Sun. But soon they discover the secret of the mysterious "stargate". Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
James Spader admitted that he did the film for the money, as he found the script to be awful. He said, "Acting, for me, is a passion, but it's also a job, and I've always approached it as such. I have a certain manual-labourist view of acting. There's no shame in taking a film because you need some fucking money." See more »
Ra plans to send back the bomb with its power boosted 100 times, and expects this to end civilization on Earth. It's not said what the normal yield of the bomb is, but there is no reason for it to be enormous. A two megaton bomb boosted to two hundred would be no bigger than the biggest bombs already tested. The highest yield nuclear weapon tested was 50Mt "Tsar."
It would also explode underground and probably do little damage. But there is nothing to indicate that Ra knows where the Earth-based Stargate is, so that much is reasonable.
Ra obviously added power to the bomb in order to overload the Stargate at earth causing an explosion bigger than the bomb. Although these point were only giving in SG1, the audience would have no idea about what the gate was made of or how it would react to a nuclear blast. See more »
Epic science fiction with its heart in the right place
"Stargate"'s an exciting, high concept science fiction film from Roland ("Independence Day") Emmerich. With a capable cast, solid script and excellent set design, this is a big-budget adventure for viewers looking for pure escapist fun.
The ever reliable Kurt Russell plays the square-jawed, world weary Jack O'Neil, who is responsible for leading the military mission to another world. James Spader plays the brilliant archaeologist, Dr. Daniel Jackson. At the time, this was a different type of role for Spader and he handles the humorous content of his scenes with great success.
There's also an appearance by "The Crying Game"'s Jaye Davidson as the evil baddie, Ra. Although Davidson's role is quite small, he brings an other-worldly presence to his part.
The score by David Arnold is excellent.
A great idea for a movie, I can't help but think the concept would have made a successful television series...
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