Many years ago a group of Egyptologists unearthed a strange circular artefact which is now in the hands of the US government. James Spader's Egyptologist is called in to try to decipher the hieroglyphics on the device and before you know it he's been teamed up with Kurt Russell's surly commando and a platoon of expendable soldiers to head through this amazing stargate. On the other side is a great big desert populated by humans who are kept subjugated by vicious aliens, so the good guys decide to lead them in a rebellion against their masters.
Time after time, director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin create ludicrous, big budget action movies without so much as a trace of characterisation or story, and yet they keep on getting away with it. But, among all the ID4s, Universal Soldiers and Godzillas, there's Stargate. Now, we're not saying that this is any sort of movie classic, far from it. But, it does have quite a lot going for it. There is enough of a good idea, solid performances and humour to make the film just about work. Obviously there's nothing at all original on offer here thanks to some liberal poaching from the likes of Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia. But, it still proves to be more satisfying than most other sci-fi blockbusters of recent years (e.g. The Phantom Menace). Give it a try, you might just find something that you like.
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