Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Roland Emmerich
On the other side the team find a desert and a civilisation of humans who live in slavery. It's like ancient Egypt, under the yoke of highly advanced evil alien overlords. If someone made a list of all of the most stunning movies of the 20th century, and boiled them down to their constituent parts, that would go some way towards describing the style of Stargate. There's a little Star Wars, some Indiana Jones, Cleopatra, and even some of the costumes from Flash Gordon in the mix. Yet the fact that this is a derivative patchwork of styles and genres doesn't make this movie any less enjoyable.
James Spader is engaging as the mild-mannered academic who blunders into all kinds of trouble. Jaye Davidson manages to come across as arrogant and creepy whilst looking like a baby-faced cross between Ming the Merciless and a drag queen. Meanwhile Kurt Russel makes up for all the effeminacy with his portrayal of O'Neil, although the character he plays is as stock a hard man as they come.
This film may be formulaic nonsense, but it's exhilarating and pretty nonsense with good production values and a stirring score.
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Review © Ros Jackson
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