[video review]Top October Video Rentals

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[video review]Top October Video Rentals

"Video Culture," a magazine that monitors video store rentals, rated the top rentals of October. The following five top the list: "Battlefield Earth" (U.S.), "Choomchonun Daesoosasunk" (Japan), "Rules of Engagement" (U.S.), "Green Mile" (U.S.) and "Jookguna Hogeun Nabeguna" (Korea). The following is a JoongAng Ilbo review of the top three English-language movies:

BATTLEFIELD EARTH - Directed by Roger Christian, starring John Travolta and Barry Pepper Rated R

It's the year 3000 and Earth is under the stronghold of the Psychlos, a nine-foot-tall race of aliens from Planet Psychlo. Their head of security, Terl, is none other than John Travolta.

Ever since the Psychlos started enslaving humans, living conditions on Earth began deteriorating. Humans now wear animal skins and make fire by striking flints. Mankind begins its ascent out of this post-"prehistoric" age when the ambitious Jonnie "Goodboy" Tyler, played by Barry Pepper, leaves Earth to explore space and thus learn more about the Psychos. Terl captures Tyler and "educates" him.

"Battlefield Earth" took a painful beating at the box office when it was released earlier this year. It's been reported that Travolta wants to make a sequel to this action movie. The movie is based on the 1980 book by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Travolta is a Scientologist.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT - Directed by William Friedkin, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones Rated R

When an attempt to rescue a U.S. ambassador from a turbulent Middle East country results in the death of more than 80 civilians, the U.S. government faces a diplomatic crisis. In search of a scapegoat, Terry L. Childers, played by Samuel L. Jackson, is court-martialed for breaking the rules of engagement. Hayes Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones), a retired lawyer and a fellow Vietnam War veteran, is brought in to defend Mr. Childers.

All the elements are in place for a great courtroom drama, especially when handled by director William Friedkin. Friedkin is best known for directing "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection."

THE GREEN MILE - Directed by Frank Darabont, starring Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse and Gary Sinise Rated R

The title refers to the green floors of the Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) oversees Death Row inmates at this Deep South, Depression-era prison. When John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) joins the other Death Row inmates, his sensitive behavior changes Edgecomb's life. Coffey is charged with raping and killing two white girls, but Mr. Edgecomb becomes convinced the hulking 7-foot-tall black convict is innocent.
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