Stargate

  • PG
  • Roland Emmerich (1994)
  • US / Fr
  • 115 min
Stargate
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Aliens colonised ancient Egypt through a space-time portal, according to this derivative yet hugely enjoyable cosmic adventure. A shameless marriage between Indiana Jones and the ideas of Erich Von Daniken, its clunkier plot details are neatly disguised by director Roland Emmerich's flair for epic action (he did make Independence Day, after all). James Spader is terrific as the code-cracking archaeologist who accompanies soldier Kurt Russell across the universe to fight galactic tyrant Jaye Davidson, who's clearly wearing the frocks The Crying Game couldn't afford. Stargate is simple in execution, yet classic in the nostalgic way it evokes the feel of vintage 1940s serials, with Emmerich doing an outstanding job, combining plot strands from literature and other films of the genre - even the title is borrowed, from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey - with some imaginative special effects and impressive visuals. One of the film's best achievements in this area is its depiction of what it might actually feel and look like being hurtled across the universe at the speed of light. Emmerich's film may not be a lot of things, but as an action-packed, science-fiction rollercoaster ride, it's fabulous fun.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction adventure starring Kurt Russell and James Spader. Despite being ridiculed for his theory that the monuments of the Nile Delta were built with extraterrestrial help, an Egyptologist is asked to join a US Government project as the top brass suspects that a structure discovered by archaelogists near one of the pyramids could be a teleportation device.

Cast and crew

Cast

Col Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil
Kurt Russell
Dr Daniel Jackson
James Spader
Ra
Jaye Davidson
Catherine
Viveca Lindfors
Skaara
Alexis Cruz
Sha'uri
Mili Avital
General WO West
Leon Rippy
Lieutenant Kawalsky
John Diehl
Anubis
Carlos Lauchu
Horus
Djimon Hounsou

Crew

Director
Roland Emmerich

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Edited for violence and language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama