What You Need To Know:
(NA, L, V, S, M) New Age/Scientology worldview; 3 obscenities & 3 profanities; several deaths (none graphic), much action violence with no blood, some deaths by gunshot, & 1 man is crushed (but not shown); implied fornication; and, cigarette smoking & alien creatures based on Egyptian hieroglyphics.
James Spader and Kurt Russell team up as a nerdy Egyptologist and a hawkish military colonel in STARGATE, a big-budget science fiction adventure that revolves around the quest to find the origin of modern civilization on Earth. A strange artifact found near Giza in Egypt turns out to be a doorway to a planet on the other side of the universe. Russell and Spader use the stargate to travel to that planet where they discover a colony of slaves ruled by the evil sun god Ra (curiously played by the androgynous Jaye Davidson). Before they can destroy the gate, the unlikely duo must first lead the slaves in an uprising of their own (similar to the one that supposedly took place on Earth by a civilization placed here by Ra and responsible for building the pyramids), and then destroy Ra.
STARGATE is heavy on expensive, well-executed special effects, but the teaming of Russell and Spader is disappointing. There is no point at which their characters intersect, making the partnership inconsequential. Of course, the plotline is ludicrous, but the foul language is sparse and the violence is brief. Overall, STARGATE is a far-fetched B-movie dressed up in a Blockbuster suit, with more than obvious parallels to Scientology.