The year is 1928, and a young girl visiting an archaeological team in Egypt stands witness as they uncover a massive, circular ring with an inner track of 39 symbols that has been buried for thousands of years. Fast forward to the present day where Egyptologist Dr. Daniel Jackson (James Spader) is brought to an underground military base by Catherine Langford (Viveca Lindfors) in order to decode the symbols found on the strange device her fathers team uncovers all those years ago. Dr. Jackson decoding the symbols on Egyptian cover stone as star constellations, that map out six points in space to form a destination, with a seventh symbol representing a point of origin. Dr. Jacksons discovery leads the scientific team to activate the Stargate opening a wormhole to a planet on the other side of the known universe. A military team is formed under the command of Colonel Jonathan ‘Jack’ O’Neil (Kurt Russell) to travel through the Stargate and Dr. Jackson is brought along to decipher the symbols on the other side in order to get the team home. What they discover on the other side of the gate is a world ruled by a cruel god Ra (Jaye Davidson) an alien whose use of superior technology has enslaved the human population on this once distant planet, and now with the gate unburied on earth plans to rule over us as he did 10000 years ago.
I love Stargate, I remember when I first watched it in the cinema and how I was totally blown away. 20 years later and it still holds up, the special effects and the creature effects are outstanding, and there are very few movies that can make such a boast. The whole concept was absolutely new, I had never even heard of wormholes, it was all warp drive and spaceships before Stargate. Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, who also directed this masterpiece have to be congratulated on a movie experience that not only stands the test of time but has proven to be a bench mark for the Si-Fi genre. What I enjoy most is that for a Si-Fi move it does not rely on its Si-Fi elements, they are just tools to drive the story. What the real focus is on are the interactions between the characters, the peril both worlds are in and the steadfast determination of a revolt 1000 years in the waiting. The masterful soundtrack of David Arnold is phenomenal, the score can rely that sweeping vast epic vista and then at once draw it back into the tight confines of the Si-Fi thriller it is, its east to see when hearing this soundtrack why he won BMI Film Music Award for his work. It is ancient and futuristic all at once, the science fiction elements standing beside the Pharaohs of old. This is a movie I would love to see re-realeased in IMAX 3D, the trip through the gate would be epic!
Why did I choose this movie? Its one of those films that sit on the shelf and stare out at you until you are ready to watch it again, sometimes you pick It up and think “no not today” other times you pick it up and think “this is exactly what I want to watch”. The decision to team up James Spader with Kurt Russell was nothing short of genius, they fit there respective characters so well and along wth the supporting cast of Djimon Hounsou, Erick Avari, French Stewart, Alexis Cruz and John Diehl the movie comes together in a harmonious balance of action science fiction humour and suspense. Stargate has gone further than being a cult science fiction classic. This humble movie has spawned three Television programs, two feature length made for TV movies, an animated series and numerous novels and comic books. In short this movie has spawned its very own universe and if you take the time to sit down and watch it you will not be surprised as to why.