History YMMV / BattlefieldEarth

27th Apr '18 3:07:41 PM despoa
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* HoYay: One of Jonnie's followers spends much of the movie looking soulfully at his leader. Jonnie even cuts off a lock of his hair for him, and he wraps it around his fist as a sort of talisman. There's arguably more chemistry between the two than between Jonny and his [[TokenRomance designated love interest.]]

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* HoYay: One of Jonnie's followers spends much of the movie looking soulfully at his leader. Jonnie even cuts off a lock of his hair for him, and he wraps it around his fist as a sort of talisman. There's arguably more chemistry between the two than between Jonny Jonnie and his [[TokenRomance designated love interest.]]



* SoBadItsGood: A lot of people called it the greatest unintentionally hilarious sci-fi movie ever made.

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* SoBadItsGood: A lot of people called it the greatest unintentionally hilarious sci-fi movie ever made. If you can get past the NauseaFuel, it can almost pass for a incredible comedy.
24th Mar '18 7:13:54 PM Bobchillingworth
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*** Jonnie is no longer concerned solely about himself and his friends. He knows the destructive power of the Psychlos and the radiation in places where free humans live. He wants the Psychlos gone and his people freed. It's less idiocy and more TheNeedsOfTheMany.
23rd Feb '18 8:42:08 AM BananaPancakes
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* AdaptationDisplacement: And to most viewers, for the worse. While the book was a bestseller in its day, it sold to a very niche audience. The film was intended to say a mass audience-pleasing blockbuster, and it is safe to say it failed to achieve that goal.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: And to most viewers, for the worse. While the book was a bestseller in its day, it sold to a very niche audience. The film was intended to say be a mass audience-pleasing blockbuster, and it is safe to say it failed to achieve that goal.



** The Podcast/RiffTrax guys had no trouble picking up on this subtext. Whenever the guy makes puppy dog eyes at Johnny, they start tearfully muttering "Love you!"

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** The Podcast/RiffTrax guys had no trouble picking up on this subtext. Whenever the guy makes puppy dog eyes at Johnny, Jonnie, they start tearfully muttering "Love you!"



-->'''Johnny''': A demon? A monster? '''A BEAST?! YAAAAAAAAAH!'''

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-->'''Johnny''': -->'''Jonnie''': A demon? A monster? '''A BEAST?! YAAAAAAAAAH!'''



* SpecialEffectFailure: The movie has a few scenes that fall under this trope. But the most infamous example would be when Terl demonstrates his weapon to his human workers by shooting the leg off a cow. It's clear that when Terl does this it's just a leg being pulled off a model cow by an invisible string.

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* SpecialEffectFailure: The movie has a few scenes that fall under this trope. But One of the most infamous example would be examples is when Terl demonstrates his weapon to his human workers by shooting the leg off a cow. It's clear that when Terl does this it's just a leg being pulled off a model cow by an invisible a concealed string.



** Also, Jonny, as halfway through the movie, he has Terl pinned to the ground and has an opportunity to shoot him and get freedom for the "Man-Animals."

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** Also, Jonny, Jonnie, as halfway through the movie, he has Terl pinned to the ground and has an opportunity to shoot him and get freedom for the "Man-Animals."



*** '''Instead''': Opting to TRUST Terl for some reason, he respectfully gives the gun to Terl, who turns it on him, and Jonnie is recaptured. Creator/RogerEbert and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic call out this particular WhatAnIdiot plot choice in their negative reviews of ''Battlefield Earth'' (Ebert did so on ''[[Series/SiskelAndEbert Ebert and Roeper at the Movies]]'').

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*** '''Instead''': Opting to TRUST Terl for some reason, he respectfully gives returns the gun to Terl, who turns it on him, and Jonnie is recaptured. Creator/RogerEbert and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic call out this particular WhatAnIdiot plot choice in their negative reviews of ''Battlefield Earth'' (Ebert did so on ''[[Series/SiskelAndEbert Ebert and Roeper at the Movies]]'').



** The entire damned Psychlo race counts as this, having spent a millennium enslaving the Earth and still having ''zero'' understanding of the human race whatsoever. They even mused the possibility that ''dogs'' were the superior race, and even attempted to exploit them as ''slave labor''.
*** Their most egregious lapse in intelligence however has to be how in nearly a thousand years of mining for gold, they somehow never stumbled upon '''Fort Knox'''.

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** The entire damned Psychlo race counts as this, having spent enslaved the Earth for a millennium enslaving the Earth and still having ''zero'' understanding of the human race whatsoever. They even mused contemplated the possibility that ''dogs'' were the superior race, to humans, and even attempted to exploit them as ''slave labor''.
*** Their most egregious JustForFun/{{egregious}} lapse in intelligence however intelligence, however, has to be how in nearly a thousand years of mining for gold, they somehow never stumbled upon found '''Fort Knox'''.



-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''': Is that guy's chin a toilet seat?

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-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''': --->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''': Is that guy's chin a toilet seat?
22nd Feb '18 10:10:00 PM BananaPancakes
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* {{Anvilicious}}: The book could almost serve as an ''[[{{Doorstopper}} actual]]'' [[{{Doorstopper}} anvil]].

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* {{Anvilicious}}: The book could almost serve as an ''[[{{Doorstopper}} actual]]'' [[{{Doorstopper}} anvil]].anvil.]]



* InferredHolocaust: Some of the Psychlo bases on other worlds were in the middle of occupied cities. When Jonnie checks on them a year or so after his attack on the Psychlo Empire, he finds blasted, lifeless ruins, [[MoralDissonance but thinks no more of it]].

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* InferredHolocaust: Some of the Psychlo bases on other worlds were in the middle of occupied cities. When Jonnie checks on them a year or so after his attack on the Psychlo Empire, he finds blasted, lifeless ruins, [[MoralDissonance but thinks no more of it]].it.]]



* AdaptationDisplacement: And to most viewers, for the worse. While the book was a bestseller in its day, it sold to a very niche audience. The film was intended to say a mass audience-pleasing blockbuster, and it is safe to say it failed to achieve that goal.



* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: EliaCmiral's score is one of the few good things about the movie. A couple of examples: the aptly named [[http://youtu.be/4ym4VB0pvNY "Battlefield Earth Theme"]], which plays over the opening zoom-in to Earth and pan through the Rocky Mountains, and [[http://youtu.be/chPD4mC0V54 "The Dome"]], which underscores Jonnie's trip to the human processing center, shooting of the wrangler, and our introduction to Terl.
* BileFascination: The movie regularly places in the top (bottom?) 10 of most filmgoers' "worst movies of all time" lists.
* EsotericHappyEnding: Johnny explains at the end that if surviving Psychlos found out about them, they would wipe them out with their gas-drones, so he keeps Terl as a leverage, reasoning if they found out his greed led to the destruction of their world, they would go after him instead.... [[InferredHolocaust Even though they are still the ones who did it and Psychlos can easily just kill him and them at the same time.]]
* HamAndCheese: Forest Whitaker appears to be the only actor in the entire movie to be aware of the kind of movie he's in and plays up the HamToHamCombat with John Travolta appropriately.
* HarsherInHindsight: Some may find it hard to appreciate the heroes' methods (flying a bomb to the Psychlo's home) after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** It's an unintentional ActorAllusion, but Creator/JohnTravolta goes around [[Series/WelcomeBackKotter with a rubber hose up his nose]].

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: EliaCmiral's Elia Cmíral's score is one of the few good things about the movie. A couple of examples: the aptly named [[http://youtu.be/4ym4VB0pvNY "Battlefield Earth Theme"]], which plays over the opening zoom-in to Earth and pan through the Rocky Mountains, and [[http://youtu.be/chPD4mC0V54 "The Dome"]], which underscores Jonnie's trip to the human processing center, shooting of the wrangler, and our introduction to Terl.
* BileFascination: The movie regularly places in the top (bottom?) 10 ten of most filmgoers' many "worst movies of all time" lists.
lists made by critics and casual viewers alike.
* EsotericHappyEnding: Johnny Jonnie explains at the end that if surviving Psychlos found out about them, they would wipe them out with their gas-drones, so he keeps Terl as a leverage, reasoning if they found out his greed led to the destruction of their world, they would go after him instead.... [[InferredHolocaust Even though they are still the ones who did it and Psychlos can easily just kill him and them at the same time.]]
* HamAndCheese: Forest Whitaker Creator/ForestWhitaker appears to be the only actor in the entire movie to be aware of the kind of movie he's in and plays up the HamToHamCombat with John Travolta Creator/JohnTravolta appropriately.
* HarsherInHindsight: Some may find it hard to appreciate the heroes' methods (flying a bomb to the Psychlo's Psychlos' home) after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
* HilariousInHindsight:
HilariousInHindsight
** It's an unintentional ActorAllusion, but Creator/JohnTravolta goes around [[Series/WelcomeBackKotter with a rubber hose up his nose]].nose.]]



** Travolta's "While you were still learning to spell your name!" line is funny if you look at his pronunciation of Creator/{{Idina|Menzel}} [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Menzel]].
* HoYay: One of Jonny's followers spends much of the movie looking soulfully at his leader. Jonny even cuts off a lock of his hair for him, and he wraps it around his fist as a sort of talisman. There's arguably more chemistry between the two than between Jonny and his [[TokenRomance designated love interest]].
** The {{Podcast/Rifftrax}} guys had no trouble picking up on this subtext. Whenever the guy makes puppy dog eyes at Johnny, they start tearfully muttering "Love you!"
* IdiotPlot: Characters aren't making the wisest decisions in this film. Jonny's plan would have never worked under a competent boss that can notice things like the smelted gold bricks that he and his people "mined". Thankfully, Terl is an idiotic moron who doesn't have any suspicions over any of that. In fact, his total greediness is what jumpstarts this idiot plot in the first place.
* MemeticMutation:
-->'''Johnny:''' A demon? A monster? '''A BEAST?! YAAAAAAAAAH!'''
-->'''Terl:''' While you were still learning how to '''''spell your name''''', ''I'' was being trained '''''to conquer galaxies!'''''
-->'''Zete:''' With endless options for renewal! [[RepeatCut (With endless options for renewal!) (With endless options for renewal!)]]

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** Travolta's "While you were still learning to spell ''spell your name!" name''!" line is funny if you look at his pronunciation of Creator/{{Idina|Menzel}} [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Menzel]].
Menzel.]]
* HoYay: One of Jonny's Jonnie's followers spends much of the movie looking soulfully at his leader. Jonny Jonnie even cuts off a lock of his hair for him, and he wraps it around his fist as a sort of talisman. There's arguably more chemistry between the two than between Jonny and his [[TokenRomance designated love interest]].
interest.]]
** The {{Podcast/Rifftrax}} Podcast/RiffTrax guys had no trouble picking up on this subtext. Whenever the guy makes puppy dog eyes at Johnny, they start tearfully muttering "Love you!"
* IdiotPlot: Characters aren't making the wisest decisions in this film. Jonny's Jonnie's plan would have never worked under a competent boss that can notice who would realize things like the smelted gold bricks that he and his people "mined". claimed to have 'mined' bricks of smelted gold. Thankfully, Terl is an idiotic a moron who doesn't have and never evinces any suspicions over any of that. the humans. In fact, his total greediness myopic greed is what jumpstarts kicks off this idiot plot in the first place.
* MemeticMutation:
-->'''Johnny:'''
MemeticMutation
-->'''Johnny''':
A demon? A monster? '''A BEAST?! YAAAAAAAAAH!'''
-->'''Terl:''' -->'''Terl''': While you were still learning how to '''''spell your name''''', ''I'' was being trained '''''to conquer galaxies!'''''
-->'''Zete:''' -->'''Zete''': With endless options for renewal! [[RepeatCut (With endless options for renewal!) (With endless options for renewal!)]]



* SnarkBait: Roger Ebert wasn't kidding when he said this would be the punchline for jokes about bad movies for decades to come.

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* OvershadowedByControversy: Before its release, it was a high-risk property despite Travolta's unswerving commitment to it. Studios anticipated it would require a prohibitively large effects budget, thought the story was outdated, and feared negative publicity due to Travolta's involvement with [[ChurchOfHappyology Scientology.]] ''Since'' its release, it's become more notorious as a [[https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/battlefield_earth/ critically]] [[http://www.metacritic.com/movie/battlefield-earth-a-saga-of-the-year-3000 nuked]] BoxOfficeBomb.
* SnarkBait: Roger Ebert Creator/RogerEbert wasn't kidding when he said this would be the punchline for jokes about bad movies for decades to come.



** Not to mention one DeletedScene where that guy [[DisneyVillainDeath gets thrown by Terl into a chasm]]; a brutally obvious green-screen work.

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** Not to mention one DeletedScene where that guy [[DisneyVillainDeath gets thrown by Terl throws a man into a chasm]]; a brutally obvious green-screen work.



** Just about everyone plays it straight. Even the Psychlos, who come from a WorldOfHam, seem to be taking their ham very seriously. Only Creator/ForestWhitaker seems to be having fun with his role, and he stated that the only reason he did the role was MoneyDearBoy, and even later [[CreatorBacklash came to]] [[OldShame regret that]].
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: While the CGI is generally mediocre at best, the collapse of the Psychlo dome and the resulting destruction of much of Denver (which, unlike most of the film's other effects, was achieved with physical models) actually manages to be pretty spectacular.
* WhatAnIdiot: '''Terl'''.

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** Just about everyone plays it straight. Even the Psychlos, who come from a WorldOfHam, seem to be taking take their ham very seriously. Only Creator/ForestWhitaker seems to be having fun with his role, and he stated said later that the only reason he did the role was only for MoneyDearBoy, and even later [[CreatorBacklash came to]] [[OldShame regret that]].
that.]]
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: While the CGI is generally mediocre at best, the collapse of the Psychlo dome and the resulting destruction of much of Denver UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} (which, unlike most of the film's other effects, was achieved with physical models) actually manages to be pretty spectacular.
is surprisingly great.
* WhatAnIdiot: '''Terl'''.'''Terl.'''



*** '''Instead''': Opting to TRUST Terl for some reason, he respectfully gives the gun to Terl, who turns it on him, and Jonny is recaptured. Creator/RogerEbert and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic call out this particular WhatAnIdiot plot choice in their negative reviews of Battlefield Earth (Ebert did so on ''[[Series/SiskelAndEbert Ebert & Roeper At The Movies]]'').
*** Johnny is no longer concerned solely about himself and his friends. He knows the destructive power of the Psychlos and the radiation in places where free humans live. He wants the Psychlos gone and his people freed. It's less idiocy and more TheNeedsOfTheMany.
** The entire damned Psychlo race counts as this, having spent a millennium enslaving the Earth and still having ''zero'' understanding of the human race whatsoever. They even mused the possibility that ''dogs'' were the superior race, and even attempted to exploit them as ''slave labor''.
*** Their most egregious lapse in intelligence however has to be how in nearly a thousand years of mining for gold, they somehow never stumbled upon '''Fort Knox'''.

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*** '''Instead''': Opting to TRUST Terl for some reason, he respectfully gives the gun to Terl, who turns it on him, and Jonny Jonnie is recaptured. Creator/RogerEbert and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic call out this particular WhatAnIdiot plot choice in their negative reviews of Battlefield Earth ''Battlefield Earth'' (Ebert did so on ''[[Series/SiskelAndEbert Ebert & and Roeper At The at the Movies]]'').
*** Johnny Jonnie is no longer concerned solely about himself and his friends. He knows the destructive power of the Psychlos and the radiation in places where free humans live. He wants the Psychlos gone and his people freed. It's less idiocy and more TheNeedsOfTheMany.
** The entire damned Psychlo race counts as this, having spent a millennium enslaving the Earth and still having ''zero'' understanding of the human race whatsoever. They even mused the possibility that ''dogs'' were the superior race, and even attempted to exploit them as ''slave labor''.
labor''.
*** Their most egregious lapse in intelligence however has to be how in nearly a thousand years of mining for gold, they somehow never stumbled upon '''Fort Knox'''.
18th Dec '17 3:41:31 AM strejda
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* EsotericHappyEnding: Johnny explains at the end that if surviving Psychlos found out about them, they would wipe them out with their gas-drones, so he keeps Terl as a leverage, reasoning if they found out his greed led to the destruction of their world, they would go after him instead.... [[InferredHolocaust Even though they are still the ones who did it and Psychlos can easily just kill him and them at the same time.]]
14th Sep '17 8:43:40 AM WillyFourEyes
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* {{Narm}}: [[Narm/BattlefieldEarth Has its own examples]], unsurprisingly.
* NauseaFuel: Given the amount of tilted camera shots, it's probably a good idea to avoid this movie if you suffer from motion sickness.

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* {{Narm}}: [[Narm/BattlefieldEarth Has its own list of examples]], unsurprisingly.
* NauseaFuel: Given the amount number of [[DutchAngle tilted camera shots, shots]], it's probably a good idea to avoid this movie if you suffer from motion sickness.



** The Planetship also stands out as such.

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** The Planetship Planetship, with his exaggerated chin, also stands out as such.
11th Jun '17 1:09:44 AM PrincessGwen
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* VanityProject: The film is considered Travolta's baby through and through, with him sticking with the film through its DevelopmentHell, and using his post-''Film/PulpFiction'' CareerResurrection in order to get it bankrolled.
10th Jun '17 11:53:17 PM SkidTroper
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* HarsherInHindsight: Some may find it hard to appreciate the heroes' methods after the real life tragedy that happened a year after this film was released.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Some may find it hard to appreciate the heroes' methods (flying a bomb to the Psychlo's home) after the real life tragedy that happened a year after this film was released. 9/11 terrorist attacks.
8th Jun '17 4:36:19 AM AmuckCricetine
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* VanityProject: The film is considered Travolta's baby through and through, with him sticking with the film through its DevelopmentHell, and using his post-''Film/PulpFiction'' CareerResurrection in order to get it bankrolled.
11th May '17 5:34:34 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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** The entire damned Psychlo race counts as this, having spent a millennium enslaving the Earth and still having ''zero'' understanding of the human race whatsoever. They even mused the possibility that ''dogs'' were the superior race, and even attempted to exploit them as ''slave labor''.
*** Their most egregious lapse in intelligence however has to be how in nearly a thousand years of mining for gold, they somehow never stumbled upon '''Fort Knox'''.
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