I can't believe some of the reviews this has gotten. First people complain about the story, saying it's too generic. Well I hope they find watching modernday chick flicks and teen sex romps after teen sex romps more varied. The general idea of a alien abduction and a planet under attack have been used before, but the interaction between characters sets it apart. The social commentary on imperialism during the early Cold War era is slightly subtle, but anyone watching with an open mind is sure to catch it. The problem is stupid people who believe any movie made before 1997 must be bad pass judgement upon it before they've even watched it.
Second, I see someone complaining about the effects. They're incredible! They would stand up to many current movies. The makeup job on the injured insect slave is incredible, and the scenes of the ship entering the atmospheres could not look more realistic.
The bottom line is movies like this fall into the shadow of todays billion dollar budgeted, 90% computer animated, brainless, meaningless explosion packed films that a retarded kindergartner could write, and thus go unappreciated for their true creativity.