“ Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Science Fiction / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Robert C. Cooper / Actors: Ben Browder, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Claudia Black ... / DVD released 2008-04-28 at MGM Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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The Ark of truth is a straight to DVD movie from the award winning and long running TV series Stargate SG1, it was the studio throwing a bone to the fans of the series who were up in arms when SG1 was abruptly cancelled during it's still popular tenth season and offered a conclusion to the storyline of the Ori that had kept fans tuning in week after week for the two year battle with the Ori and their followers from another galaxy.
After getting off to a false start Daniel Jackson realises the 'Ark' an Alteran built device which allows whoever looks at it to see the truth lies in the Ori galaxy and the team set off to retrieve the device in the hopes that they can stop the war being waged against the Milky Way before the Ori target Earth. The odds are not stacked in SG1's favour, entering the Ori Galaxy on a mission that is at best a Hail Mary and at worst a suicide mission the team are soon in trouble, while Daniel, Vala and T'ealc being captured by the Ori soldiers and taken to the Doci they soon encounter Adria at her deadliest best while Carter and Mitchell have to deal with a traitor in their midst and a ship full of replicators.
While the film has the same feel and quality of the TV series the storyline was obviously a little rushed but as our hero's set about to destroy Adria and save the Milky Way and Earth true fans will forget the format and revel in having another slice of a brilliant series that ended too soon and concluding a story that should have been told over at least another two seasons, although they will not be so easy to forgive the powers that be for pulling the plug on a much loved show.
A TV studio does a bad thing by cancelling the best TV Science Fiction series of the past 15 years and then follows it up with a good thing by allowing the few dangling threads of story to be rounded off nicely (if somewhat quickly) by this slice of high quality DVD shininess.
The evil Ori finally get their come-uppance. Only Richard Dean Anderson is absent but as devotees of the previous 2 years will know, his character had precious little to do with the Ori storyline. Everyone else is here though from major character to minor background button pusher.
There is nothing to complain at all here. High production values and a great cast who still manage to excel in characters what after 10 years must feel like a comfortable pair of carpet slippers. A full symphonic score (as compared to the usual synthesised one) is a nice surprise and, along with top-notch special effects, helps elevate The Ark Of Truth above the normal complaint of other TV to DVD fodder, namely of being nothing more than an extended episode. Make no mistake, this is good stuff and well worth your hard-earned cash.
To be honest though, do I need to tell you? If you are a fan, you already have this. If you are not a fan, the story will be a bit of a mystery unless you also purchase the previous 200+ episodes. If you fall into the latter category and are suitably wealthy then I envy you. You will enjoy (almost) every minute of the mountain of DVDs and you can thank me later for introducing you to my Stargate friends.
The Arc of Truth movie was one of two 'Straight to DVD' movies made to round off the SG-1 Franchise and to wrap up any storylines that needed to.
This movie was a direct continuation of the events that transpired during the 9th and 10th season with the whole Ori storyline and things.
It is clear more money had been spent on this. Sets seemed more realistic, the graphics and productions were much cleaner and crisper and this made the movie itself much more epic in feel. The storyline is essentially the same as in most two parter episodes in that the glaxy is in peril and only SG-1 can save it! It's not the plot you watch these programmes for, its the sharp writing and snappy one liners that allow you to chuckle with yourself whilst watching an entertaining programme.
Much more twists in this one allows you to sit there and watch it without feeling like you've seen exactly the same plot with exactly the same enemy before and that's what makes it fun!
I liked it, it wasn't great as the weak points again dragged it down. The ending in particular wasn't especially wonderful but it wrapped up a good little storyline for it.
Stargate The Ark of Truth is the first feature film since the original Stargate film. This is set before Stargate Continuum with it's stortline based on the Stargate team (Daniel Jackson, Colonel Cameron Mitchell, Samantha Carter, Teal'c and Vala) searching for a dangerous ancient artefact with could destroy the Ori. In this film there is a double crossing I.O.A agent who follows the SG-1 team around wherever they go and keeps a good eye on Cameron Mitchell. But Marrick brings on board the ship they are on and builds a replicator which could not be destroyed by the teams weapons. He intended for the replicator to be place on the Ori ship so that the replicator could destory their fleet. So this replicator ends up replicating more of itself until it creates a queen replicator. Mitchell and the team have to find a way of destroying the replicators and the Ori before they destroy themselves. Once the Ark has been activated, it makes those who catch any glimse of the beam to believe that the Ori are not gods, which inturns makes the person who came in contact with it pursuade others.
The film itself does use a variety of characters and brings one or two characters from the series together to fight the Ori, which i find quite cool. It may not have lots of action in the film but it probably is hard to make a Stargate film last 102 minutes, which is quite an achievement.
I've seen both The Ark of Truth and Continuum and i think Continuum is better but it is better to see both films to see where it follows on from. It's been along time since they brought out a Stargate film so i think they have done quite well here.
So if your a Stargate fan then i suggest buying this film. You can also buy the film and Continuum together in the same DVD package which contains both feature length movies. If your new to Stargate or sci-fi then i think you will love Stargate, but i would suggest watching the older series/seasons to get a feel of the characters, then watch the films to see how they perform together. Stargate is the best sci-fi series/films i have ever watched as there's so much variety. So i think that Stargate The Ark of Truth would be good in anyones collection of films and especially in your Stargate collection.
for a series that lasted ten years and had consistantly strong seasons i was extremely dissapointed with this movie. Granted it hasnt got the budget of a full movie but it tries to look like one and not suceeding. I am a stargate fan and still am but they could of tied the story up a little bit better. the main characters are all back in this, and they as usuall are great and always making the audience willing to follow them on the adventure they are about to embark on. the story all round though was a let down. The two last season was rich and full of twist and turns and the ori was a great villian. but it seems rushed and doesnt fit the 90 minutes the movie has to fit it all in. I have seen the second film and it is very good. It is worth watching if you are a fan as it does tie up some loose ends but if you are expecting a big finale as i was you might be a tad dissapointed.
This feature-length film picks up where Stargate SG-1 left off, thrusting the Stargate team - Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks), Vala (Claudia Black), Teal'c (Christopher Judge), Sam (Amanda Tapping) and Cam (Ben Browder) - into their most exciting adventure yet. In search of an ancient artefact they hope can defeat the oppressive Ori, the team learns that the Ori are set to launch a final assault on Earth and a double-crossing I.O. operative is aboard the Odyssey.
As an Stargate fan I was really looking forward to this movie, since I found the last episode of season 10 a little disappointing as it left the Ori storyline unfinished. This movie sees the resolution of the conflict, and overall it is a good conclusion. However I wish it could have been shown as the season finale instead of an independent movie. It felt like a normal double episode, and if you couldn't remember the final few episodes of season ten, like me, you probably will feel a little lost.
However the storyline is ok, if a bit predictable and the ending still seemed a little lacklustre. Also one of the best things about Stargate is the banter and camaraderie between the SG-1 members, and this wasn't shown.
Overall I have given this 4 stars, because I do love the Stargate franchise, and I thought this movie was good.