That’s right… “Battlefield Earth” based upon the novel by L. Ron Hubbard is my pick for a Thanksgiving Day “turkey.” When you first look at the cast of this movie, you might be surprised: John Travolta, Barry Pepper, and Forest Whitaker. How can you go wrong?
How? With bad acting, bad camera angles, and a mediocre story. “Battlefield Earth” managed to make about 29 million (US) in worldwide release, with a reported budget of 75 million. It swept the 2001 Golden Raspberry Awards (The Razzies) in just about every category– Worst Actor (Travolta), Worst Movie, Worst Director (Roger Christian), Worst Supporting Actor (Barry Pepper), Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actress (Kelly Preston), and special award for Worst Screen Couple (given to John Travolta and anybody on screen with him). The Razzies struck again in 2005, awarding “Battlefield Earth” another Razzie for being the “Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years.”
I’ll admit it– I watched this movie. I wanted to like it. I actually read the novel which serves as the source material, too. But at the end of the day, I have to say that this movie would get little more than a “1” on the Sci-Guys Warp Factor scale. If you want a “turkey” to watch while you eat your turkey today, go find a copy of this movie. I suggest pairing it with a nice box of Target Chardonnay.