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Star Wreck (2009)

Samuli Torssonen , Kari Väänänen , Timo Vuorensola  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Samuli Torssonen, Kari Väänänen, Karoliina Blackburn
  • Directors: Timo Vuorensola
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: Finnish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OKK2AW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,566 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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'Star Wreck,' from Finland with Love. What would happen if the Starship Enterprise and 'Airplane' crashed into the Babylon 5 space station somewhere in the skies above Finland? The loopy result would be Star Wreck (The Imperial Edition), the Starfleet parody from a Finnish writer-actor-producer named Samuli Torssonen and his crew of amateur moviemakers. Seven years in the making, the farce opens on the bridge of the USS Kickstart with the not-so-cosmic sound of a toilet flushing the men s room, it seems, is conveniently located right next to the vessel s command center. The film introduces us to the intrepid Capt. James B. Pirk (Torssonen), his android science officer Mr. Info (a silver-faced Antti Satama) and a Klingon-like tactical officer named Dwarf (Vuorensola, who also directed). There are gags about Federation jargon ( amigo-class starships), cosmology (it s maggot holes instead of wormholes ) and the old familiar Trek aliens (the Vulgars, the Korg). What do the bumbling heroes find after flying through that maggot hole? The space station Babylon 13. Yes, Wreck is a concept cage match between Gene Roddenberry and J. Michael Straczynski. It doesn t matter who wins; by the time one character screams, Zucker, you shall be avenged! you re either on board or long gone at warp speed. The film is being released on DVD in the U.S. on Tuesday. I watched the DVD and I thought it was inspired. --Linda Whitmore, LA Times Hero Complex

A small band of Finnish Star Trek fans created this 105-minute Star Trek/Babylon 5 parody, and they did an exceptionally good job doing so. The starship crew consists of Captain James B. Pirk (Samuli Torssonen), Commander Info (Antti Satama), Plingon Commander Dwarf (Timo Vuorensola), and the beautiful Lieutenant Whip (Tiina Routamaa). The film starts out with an armada of P-Fleet starships dropping out of warp and approaching a maggot hole (worm hole). Eight years previously, Pirk and his crew were stranded on 21st Century Earth (Finland). Pirk tries to convince a female that he's from the future by showing her his hand twinkler (hand phaser). Her boyfriend tosses him into the street where he's roughed over by a few suburban-looking gang-bangers. Pirk then threatens to open a bag of whoopass on them with his hand twinkler, but the batteries are dead. Later, he phones Dwarf. The frustrated Plingon works at Bobby's Grill where he serves hot dogs to factory drones. In ST: First Contact, the Vulcans land on Earth to meet Zephram Cochrane. They land and party with rock star Jeff Cochbrane. The timeline had changed. The country's entire space program had been cancelled. But Pirk had a backup plan to restore the timeline. He must retrieve the Vulgar's ship and become the Emperor of Earth. Unfortunately, Cochbrane sold the ship to the Russians. Pirk, Info, and Dwarf quickly found the Tachanya nuclear facility where the starship was housed. They surprised the guard who shoots about fifteen rounds out of his AK-47, but four hand twinkler shots take him out. In the words of Pirk, Piece of pie. Once Pirk, Info, and Dwarf storm the facility, the workers believe it to be a revolution. They welcomed Pirk and his crew to bring an end to capitalism. An alliance with Russia is soon formed, and guarantees him an army of engineers and red shirts to build his ship (the CPP Kickstart). At last, the starhip is completed. The ship leaves Earth's gravity and Pirk gives the command to go to 'twist factor two'. They fire twinklers and light balls and destroy the International Space Station. Now, a black and white propaganda film featured Emperor Pirk and Russian President Ulyanov bringing a new peace to the world. Scenes showed the Kickstart flying in formation over Russian tanks, and fighters fighting along side with turn-of-the-century gatling guns. Russian soldiers are wearing P-Fleet (TNG-era Starfleet) uniforms. Russia had conquered the world; but as the saying goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Meanwhile in the Epsilon Quadrant, a small craft appears from the maggot hole . Captain Sergey Fukov (a former Chernobyl coolant engineer and Ozzie Osborne look-alike), captain of the CPP Kalinka, was the welcoming committee. Fukov destroys the craft. On the other side of the maggot hole, resides a parallel universe and Babel 13, where Pirk's objective lies to restore the timeline. But first, he must get past Babel 13's Captain Sherrypie. The film displayed Hollywood-grade special effects. Their transporters dematerialize people from the top down, and rematerialize them from the bottom up. This effect was done quite nicely. Personally, I have a preference for ship images. Head on, Pirk's starship resembled the USS Enterprise-E. The sequence of the ship lifting off from dry dock and leaving Earth's atmosphere was stunning. This was very professionally done and left no marks of an amateur movie. The movie also featured some spectacular ship-to-ship battle sequences. The quality was on the same level as ST: First Contact when Starfleet engaged the Borg. Another scene matched the CGI effects of ST: Nemesis when the Enterprise plunged into the Scimitar. I was totally impressed by the FX. Once I got over the subtitles, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. On a scale of one to five, I give it a four. --Bob Stutzman, TrekCore.com

Product Description

From the director of IRON SKY. Captain James B. Pirk of the Starship C.P.P. Kickstart and his crew, Commander Dwarf and Commander Info, find themselves stranded on 21st Century Earth after a previous adventure to save the planet from hostile aliens. Life is not good and Pirk s daily routine consists of stuffing his face at the local fast food restaurant and trying to convince the ladies that he is, in fact, an intergalactic space hero form the future. As the prospects for humanity's conquest of space look increasingly bleaker, Pirk comes up with a questionable plan to save mankind's future... Created by an ingenious band of die-hard Star Trek fans this terrific sci-fi comedy will have you gripped all the way through to its stunning conclusion! Wreck on!

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing film, with a few things to keep in mind. September 25, 2009
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There have been a LOT of Star Trek films produced by fans over the years. Some have been amazing, some have been platforms for self-insertion fan fiction, and some have just been embarrasingly derivative. A few of them have even been parodies, though sadly the production quality has rarely been worth commenting about. What makes this film stand out is the fact that it does something very different than all the others: it doesn't try to be Star Trek, and is brilliant because of it.
Someone who has never seen Star Trek could sit down, watch this movie, and still come away laughing. One of the reasons for this is that, at its core, it's really not making fun of Star Trek at all. Most of the jokes that are directly connected to the series actually stem from the various questionable translation choices that were made in adapting the shows and movies to the Finnish language. The main character, James B. Pirk, isn't so much a parody of Captain Kirk as he is a thoroughly flawed character who one could imagine would look up to someone like Kirk as a role model and end up learning all the wrong lessons from him. I think it helps that most of these characters were created years ago, and given enough time to develop their own individual personalities and identities which remain separate from what we see on the show. As such their behavior and actions stand out as being genuinely funny on their own instead of relying on a previous knowledge of the source material being parodied to get the joke. It also doesn't hurt that the filmmakers held every step of the production to an exceedingly high standard.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is brilliant September 24, 2009
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This film is brilliant.

If you are a fan of Star Treck, Babylon 5 or any science fiction and have a sense of humour, you will love this film. As a parody, this is beyond Galaxy Quest.

If you like parodies, science fiction or big space battles, you will love this film.

The Chernobyl scene is hysterical. Pirk getting in shape for conquest is really funny.

The russian leader is brilliantly protrayed.

The special effects are brilliant. They are on a par with any big budget science fiction film. The battle scenes are at least equal to and in some parts, beyond any battle scene in Star Trek, Babylon 5 or Star Wars.

The film is in Finnish, but you would still get the jokes. even without the subtitles. Every piece of dailogue is expertly carried out. The subtitles are perfect, with no mistakes.

The people who made this film are amateurs, yet they have definately shown the professionals what can be done in a film.

This film is pure entertainment. I recommend purchasing this film and watching it with your friends on a large screen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome tounge in cheek parody July 19, 2010
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It is really very exciting to find gems like this, especially if you've become sick and tired of Hollywood's formula of lame "____ Movie" [scary,date,epic,etc] parodies that don't even deserve the name. What's also exciting is that a low budget, fan-made, independent film now has access to CGI levels that rival some big budget films. I look forward to the day when immersive, photorealistic imagery isn't chained to multi-million dollar blockbusters, but can be used to augment smaller indie films and fan productions like this.

The movie is best viewed after watching the first five star wreck films, however silly they may be, because there are a number of running gags and references in SW:VI that are funnier when fully understood. Plus, these are all watchable for free on the Star Wreck website so it wont cost you extra. That being said, this film can be viewed with no previous experience and still be enjoyable. Well, at least look up the plot for Star Wreck V so you know the premise...

It is a rather dark comedy in many ways, and oddly enough may have you hoping a horrible death befalls the main character (protagonist doesn't quite fit). I found it laugh out loud funny in many places, and at the very least engrossing the rest of the time. As an American watching this film, one of the more subtly amusing things I noticed was how the Finns portrayed the Russians as drunken fools who tend to build somewhat shoddy machinery (we as Americans at least make them competent at evil schemes). Of course there's lots of up front comedy as well, often involving leaders who are incompetent/overzealous/egotistical, or the underlings who have to suffer cruel, predestined fates as cannon fodder (the idea, not Private Cannon Fodder).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big battles, big fun August 13, 2012
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Wow, was I surprised when I finally saw this. As you probably already know, it's a Star Trek/Babylon 5 parody, with it's own unrelated storyline.

What really impresses me are the special effects. Given this was done with a sub-Hollywood budget, the special effects are 10 times better than anything you'll see in the crap Sci-Fi Channel keeps cranking out.

Once they leave Earth, the movie becomes basically one long space battle. Of course there's more mixed in, but this has to be the most spaceship battle-packed film ever made. I'm a major junkie for spaceship battles, and was totally sated! They had a little fun with the differing technology of ST and B5, too. There are a few "oops" moments that are good for a genuine chuckle, and lead to some great moments during the battles.

The comedy is a little hit or miss, but there are genuine laughs. The translators (subtitles only, I'm afraid,) seemed to make sure the puns came through properly. For example, the B5 Mimbari are called Minibar. There are countless name plays like this and they all work. Kudos to the translators.

It's all done lightheartedly, yet the space action sequences leave nothing wanting. Unless you're a complete anal retentive, you won't notice or care about the lack of that last itty bitty detail of model shading that a $200K budget buys. This just looks really good.

As many have said, the bad acting is a let-down, and the early plot is rather a stretch. But you have to keep in mind that this is a comedy about something that's total escapism in the first place, so I don't mind that it's not Citizen Kane.

If you think you'd enjoy a funny ST/B5 parody, or just a funny Sci-Fi movie, definitely get this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Parody of Star Trek
Very entertaining! If you can get by the fact that you have to read sub tittles (for English), this will be entertaining. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Graganta
3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this movie, and I cannot bring myself to hate...
If you watch the Special Features, you will hear either the director or one of the writers, perhaps both state that the inspiration behind Star Wreck was to produce a really good... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phred
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Wreck came on time in great shape and for a movie on a really...
Star Wreck came on time in great shape and for a movie on a really small budget is very, very good. You can tell these people cared about what they were doing and what we got from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange, but...
Foreign language/subtitled spoof of Star Trek. The "similarities," i.e. ripoffs, could only survive in a parody. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chief Mac
1.0 out of 5 stars Star Wreck the Train Wreck
I watched this disaster three times to make certain that it was a rotten as I first thought. The humor is drunken College Sophomore idiotic and infantile. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. C. Doyle
2.0 out of 5 stars Incoherent. Dull. Humorless.
I was expecting a lot more from this movie. I went in without really knowing anything (not even that it was a Finnish-language movie with English subtitles), and was sorely... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike Snyder
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed It, but...
Being a Stark Trek fan since Day One, and having heard about this parody, I wanted to see the film. I must say, I did get some laughs out of it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hagen LeBray
3.0 out of 5 stars Capt. Pirk throws a tantrum
While it helps to have a working knowledge of both Star Trek and Babylon 5 before watching this, it is arguably more important to have watched the Star Wreck short films first. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Frosty Cold One
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 series I love melded together and then twisted
I enjoyed this movie as it was a funny and twisted enough to make it laughable. I really enjoyed it.
Published 7 months ago by Ryan Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Little Spoof for fun viewing.
There is no hating this. Every sick cheap Star Trek joke is here. If you are a real fan of Star Trek and know its cannon well you will find this to be a laugh a minute fest of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF
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