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"Starship Troopers" meets "Top Gun" in this no-holds-battle for the future of mankind. A vicious alien race, the Kilrathi, has discover the coordinates to Earth and is heading our way with plans of the total destruction. Now it's up to two young hotshot fighter pilots to blast their way through the Kilrathi's defenses and save their planet from this new breed of enemy.
Video games are interesting because they're interactive, and movies because they aren't. In a video game, you're the actor; moviegoing depends on your connecting with those people up on the screen;. There's really no easy crossover.
That's the problem with Wing Commander, based on the bestselling computer game series created by Chris Roberts. Roberts helms the film, too, having previously directed "cinematic" sequences for the game, starring Mark Hamill from Star Wars, no less. But a feature-length story is something else again. Maybe gamers will find something to enjoy here, but that sets the rest of us adrift.
There's war between the Terran Confederation and the evil Kilrathi, who are so evil they want to destroy the whole universe. (They probably aren't thinking that through very clearly. But then they're evil.) They've stolen the Pegasus Navicom A.I. device that enables them to "jump" behind enemy lines and destroy the Earth part of the universe. Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Blair, a Pilgrim, which means he's hated by everybody for having this film's answer to the Force. His pal Matthew Lillard plays Maniac (his usual role). So you've got two guys with a Top Gun complex, bent on preventing the Kilrathi from destroying Earth. You'd expect lots of action from these combat-ready flyboys. But there's scant little of that, and lots of static dialogue scenes, including one cinematic quote of Howard Hawks's classic Only Angels Have Wings to explain how pilots handle the death of one of their own. Presumptuous. All it would have taken to make this film a success is a series of action set pieces and a thin plot to hang them from. What director Roberts needed was a Navicom device to help him "jump" behind Hollywood lines. That and a decent script. --Jim Gay
I regret wasting my time watching this movie. I kept watching thinking that the movie had to eventually get better. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Freshdave
I've always liked this Sci - fi shoot - 'em up! Love interest, action, aliens, space battles! I've seen it at least 6 or 8 times and still enjoyed watching it again!Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This movie has some pretty good actors but it could have used a better script.Published 1 day ago by LarryAZ
Loved the video game, movie is delightfully cheesy by today's standards.Published 1 day ago by Jstsmmtguy
It is kind of strange in that British movie way, but still is entertaining.Published 1 day ago by Tombodian
Sometimes it's fun to go back and watch space craft fly and fight like they were planes in the air instead of space craft in a weightless environment.Published 2 days ago by Alacrity