Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000May 12, 2000
After enslavement & near extermination by an alien race in the year 3000, humanity begins to fight back.
Release Year: 2000
Rating: 2.4/10 (45,926 voted)
Critic's Score: 9/100
Stars: John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, Barry Pepper
In the year 3000, man is no match for the Psychlo's, a greedy, manipulative race of aliens on a quest for ultimate profit. Led by the seductive and powerful Terl, the Psychlo's are stripping Earth clean of its natural resources, using the broken remnants of humanity as slaves. What is left of the human race has descended into a near primitive state, believing the invaders to be demons and technology to be evil. After humanity has all but given up any hope of freeing themselves from alien oppression, a young man named Tyler decides to leave his desolate home high in the Rocky Mountains to discover the truth, whereupon he is captured and enslaved. It is then that he decides to fight back, leading his fellow man in one final struggle for freedom.
Writers: Corey Mandell, J.D. Shapiro
Jonnie Goodboy Tyler
Robert the Fox
Prepare to go Psychlo
Release Date: 12 May 2000
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $11,548,898
(14 May 2000)
(16 July 2000)
Did You Know?
When the book was first written, John Travolta wanted to make the movie, and star as Johnny Goodboy, the young hero, however he could get no investors to back him. By the time the movie was made he was too old to play the part of the hero and, instead, opted to play the part of the villain, Terl.
In the remains of Denver, ruined for 1000 years, Johnnie finds books in good condition despite being in the open air, cars with still-pressurized tires and wrecked buildings with completely intact plate glass windows.
Home office is well aware of your academic achievements and obvious talents. That's why we decided not to keep you here for another 5 cycles
It's a joke, oh thank you sir. I don't know if I could have kept my sanity being here another 5 cycles
We've decided to keep you here another 50 cycles… with endless options for renewal.
One of the greatest sci fi comedies ever made!
My spouse and I went to see this on opening night. We were expecting to
see an extremely bad and costly film, and we were not really
disappointed. It is a testament to John Travolta's genius that his
career survived this disaster at all.
As they say, garbage-in, garbage out. Start with an L Ron Hubbard novel
(your first mistake) featuring a completely plagiarized dark-skinned,
war-like and hairy alien culture with wrinkly foreheads (if this sounds
like Klingons to you, I thought so too!), and add unfortunate Barry
"can't get a break" (or maybe it should be 'cant pick a script') Pepper
and all you need is Travolta himself – playing the arrogant, merciless,
slightly effeminate and quite under-sized leader of the alien
colonists. Remove any hint of character development from the script and
use the worst of the worst black box technobabble explanations for plot
devices. Finally, stay true to the idiotic gibberish you based the film
on in the first place, and you've got the makings of a
In fact, opening night, in a packed theater, people started laughing
out loud about 20 minutes into the film and never really stopped. We
had a great time that night. Halfway through the film more than half
the crowd was actually interacting with the film, asking "Mr Worf,
where's Commander Riker?" and asking troublesome questions about how
many hundreds of years gas would remain viable in the gas-tank of a
If you need to know about the plot – it's this simple – Earth has been
conquered by an amazingly stupid group of Klingon-like aliens, and the
remaining humans live in a large domed slave labor camp where they are
taught that their sole purpose is servitude because they are stupid,
weak, etc. Barry Pepper somehow becomes convinced that he's not born to
be a slave, and learns to fly a harrier, etc. It's really not worth the
effort of typing. There are a few not-so-subtle and not very original
but good messages about ethnocentrism to be found here, but not much
else. Some day when you need a good laugh, rent this or borrow it from
your local bad film collector.