Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 28, 1994 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Stargate is an eye popping blast across the universe.
With a traditional science fiction plot it begins in 1928 at the discovery point by a little girl and her father of a stone circle with ancient symbols. For more than 60 years the meaning of the symbols evades scientists and Catherine, the little girl who is now elderly (Viveca Lindfors).
Daniel Jackson (James Spader), a brilliant Egyptologist discovers the markings are from the constellations and the Stargate is activated.
Colonel Jack O'Neil (Kurt Russell) is the military leader assigned to head the first team through the porthole. On the other side the travelers discover pyramids similar to the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. On the new planet they also come into contact with a primitive tribe which is under the control of an all powerful ruler, Ra (Jaye Davidson) who travels through space in a ship shaped like a pyramid.
The interaction of the various characters, the clash of civilizations, and their military factions add just enough action and thought to the special effects and clever use of Egyptian symbols to hold the audience spellbound.
The cast is perfect. Spader is totally believable as the scientist who has little military understanding but who breaks the codes and the language barriers with the frightened aliens. Russell is the complete military man who has a death wish and Davidson's soft feminine characteristics are betrayed by a deep, harsh, demonic voice.
Stargate is a splendid quality hyper ride through science fiction space.