The film revolves around an ancient Egyptian artifact, excavated in Giza during the 1920s. The American government takes possession of the mystical round object and soon begins experimenting to see how they can activate this device they have discovered. It is not until the present that the government enlists the help of Dr. Daniel Jackson (James Spader), an eccentric Egyptologist, to unlock the mysteries of the artifact. Jackson soon dubs the artifact by its proper name, “Stargate,” and is able to decipher the mysterious symbols located on the outside of the device. We soon learn that a combination of seven symbols on the Stargate dials into a portal somewhere else in the universe, and after careful consideration, the government decides to send a team through the gate to explore the other side. Unbeknownst to Jackson, Colonel Jack O’Neil (Kurt Russell) is assigned to command the mission through the Stargate in light of his suicidal tendencies. After the death of his son, which O’Neil blames himself for, he is given the assignment to travel through the Stargate, track down any threats, and eliminate those threats by activating a bomb to destroy all hostile life forms and the Stargate itself. Unfortunately, once through the Stargate, Jackson cannot find the necessary information to open the Stargate again and return home, while leaving O’Neil behind to activate the bomb. To further complicate things, the exploratory team encounters a population of slaves on the other side of the Stargate, innocent people, who serve an being known as Ra, an alien who uses his advanced knowledge to control the entire population of his world, Abydos. Plans soon change as the team faces Ra and the choice of eliminating an Earth threatening alien or saving an entire population of human beings. –DVDVerdict
Though he was raised on a steady diet of independent-minded German filmmakers like Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders, director Roland Emmerich aspired early in his career to make blockbuster Hollywood movies. After making a name for himself by helming “The Noah’s Ark Principle” (1981), the most expensive student film ever made in Germany, Emmerich crossed the Atlantic Ocean to make mainstream studio films. His first, “Universal Soldier” (1992), was an unexpected hit, which paved the way for him to direct his pet project, “Stargate” (1994). Along with writing and producing partner, Dean Devlin, Emmerich established himself as a resourceful sci-fi specialist who earned a reputation for meticulous preparation and remarkable cost-efficiency. Emmerich launched himself to the top of the Hollywood food chain with “Independence Day” (1996), a big, loud, sci-fi film that was long on computer-generated special effects but short on narrative and character development. Despite the campy… read more
I’d just like to start out by saying that this is by far the most ridiculous movie I’ve seen this year so far. Also, and I’m no Egyptologist or anything, but I’m fairly certain that James Spader was just making shit up as he went along. As James Spader does. And Kurt Russell had an amusingly blockheaded haircut. I really only watched this to get some context for the shows, which are apparently awesome. So, yeah.