History Film / BattlefieldEarth

6th Oct '17 7:45:18 PM CheeseDogX
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** The Planetship, Terl's direct superior, abruptly vanishes in the latter stages of the movie.

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** The Planetship, Terl's direct superior, abruptly vanishes in the latter stages of the movie. This coincides with Terl gaining [[{{Catchphrase}} leverage]] on him.
6th Oct '17 7:21:39 PM CheeseDogX
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* BizarreAlienBiology: Psychlos have tall heads, like the [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Coneheads]] with dreadlocks, breathe air that is toxic to humans (and vice versa), and even the slightest amount of radiation is deadly to them. At least one female Psychlo has an OverlyLongTongue that would make a [[Series/{{Farscape}} Luxan]] proud, though this seems to be unusual for the race as both Terl and Ker regard it as a {{fetish}}. Additionally, Terl has six fingers, though the camera doesn't focus on any other Psychlo's hands to see if that's normal. (In the book, it's mentioned obliquely that Psychlos have six fingers one hand, and five on the other).

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* BizarreAlienBiology: Psychlos have tall heads, like the [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Coneheads]] with dreadlocks, breathe air that is toxic to humans (and vice versa), and even the slightest amount of radiation is deadly to them. At least one female Psychlo has an OverlyLongTongue that would make a [[Series/{{Farscape}} Luxan]] proud, though this seems to be unusual for the race as both Terl and Ker regard it as a {{fetish}}. Additionally, Terl has six fingers, though the camera doesn't focus on any other Psychlo's hands to see if that's normal. (In the book, it's mentioned obliquely that Psychlos have six fingers one hand, and five on the other). Also, loss of limbs seems to be a minor inconvenience.
12th Aug '17 11:08:43 AM rjd1922
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* RepeatCut: When Terl's boss mentions that he plans to keep Terl on Earth instead of giving him a temporary reprieve, the movie plays back the "''endless options for renewal!''" part of the speech three times for some reason.

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* RepeatCut: When Terl's boss mentions that he plans to keep Terl on Earth instead of giving him a temporary reprieve, the movie plays back the "''endless "''with endless options for renewal!''" part of the speech three times for some reason.
27th Jul '17 3:39:04 AM BigBadTroper
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* GreaterScopeVillain: The Psychlo Overlord, who is the one behind the Psychlo invasion on Earth.
9th Jun '17 7:33:04 PM superboy313
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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The Psychlos think humans are [[PunyEarthlings utterly stupid and pose no threat to them at all]]. Apparently they're too busy [[IdiotBall being dumbasses]] and not noticing them perfectly operating complex machinery.
* HumansAreMorons: Terl and his fellow Psychlos believe that the humans are too stupid to do anything on their own, so they give them some "assistance" in the form of Psychlo knowledge beams. Considering the fact that all of the Psychlos, Terl included, appear to have been issued an individual IdiotBall at birth, this arguably comes a form of unintentional HypocriticalHumor.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The Psychlos think humans are [[PunyEarthlings utterly stupid and pose no threat to them at all]]. Apparently they're too busy [[IdiotBall being dumbasses]] and not noticing them perfectly operating complex machinery.
* HumansAreMorons: Terl and his fellow Psychlos believe that the [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter humans are too stupid to do anything on their own, own]], so they give them some "assistance" in the form of Psychlo knowledge beams. Considering the fact that all of the Psychlos, Terl included, appear to have been issued an individual IdiotBall at birth, this arguably comes a form of unintentional HypocriticalHumor.
4th Jun '17 11:46:22 PM superboy313
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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: The Psychlos think humans are [[PunyEarthlings utterly stupid and pose no threat to them at all]]. Apparently they're too busy [[IdiotBall being dumbasses]] and not noticing them perfectly operating complex machinery.
30th May '17 7:19:46 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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After MGM and Fox turned down offers to distribute the film, it was eventually picked up by Franchise Pictures, a company known for helping stars rescue their troubled pet projects. Out of a [[http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=battlefieldearth.htm $73 million budget]], [[BoxOfficeBomb the film only grossed $21 million]].

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After MGM and Fox turned down offers to distribute the film, it was eventually picked up by Franchise Pictures, a company known for helping stars rescue their troubled pet projects. Out of a $44 million budget, which eventually spiraled into [[http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=battlefieldearth.htm $73 million budget]], million]] adding marketing and Franchise's embezzlement, [[BoxOfficeBomb the film only grossed $21 million]].
30th May '17 7:17:49 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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After MGM and Fox turned down offers to distribute the film, it was eventually picked up by Franchise Pictures, a company known for helping stars rescue their troubled pet projects. To this day, it has yet to gross $30M -- its budget was $44M.

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After MGM and Fox turned down offers to distribute the film, it was eventually picked up by Franchise Pictures, a company known for helping stars rescue their troubled pet projects. To this day, it has yet to gross $30M -- its budget was $44M.
Out of a [[http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=battlefieldearth.htm $73 million budget]], [[BoxOfficeBomb the film only grossed $21 million]].
12th May '17 2:54:10 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* CriticalResearchFailure: An InUniverse example; the Psychlos, despite a thousand years of occupation display an astonishing lack of knowledge about the human race.
15th Apr '17 11:11:35 AM Gess
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*** A highly advanced, star-faring and extremely warlike species going by without using radioactive materials. Riiiiiiiiight...

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*** A Not to mention tha a highly advanced, star-faring and extremely warlike species going supposedly went by without ever using radioactive materials. Riiiiiiiiight...materials.
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