Travolta's Religious Battlefield: Critics say movie bolsters Scientology - 2000-05-15
Mark Bunker has a very different take on "Battlefield Earth." He sees the movie as a devious recruiting device for one of the nation's wealthiest and most dangerous cults: "It's designed to introduce L. Ron Hubbard to a whole new generation of kids. It's there to plant a favorable seed in children's minds."
Bunker, a spokesman for the Lisa McPherson Trust in Clearwater, Fla., is not among those Scientology critics who allege that subliminal messages have been hidden inside this cacophonous film, which opened Friday to savage reviews but finished second in weekend boxoffice receipts with an estimated take of $12.3 million.