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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
This movie was one of the worse sci-fi films I had ever seen.
This movie has a top of the line soundtrack, really good Special Effects and the actors are not so bad as have the others written who also have reviewed the movie.
And I won't say this movie is bad because it's not exactly like the games; That doesn't have anything to do with whether it is good or not.
Raise your hand if you know a decent space combat movie/series that isn't Star Wars/Trek... At a loss ? So was I. This movie helps fill that role nicely. Read morePublished 16 days ago by DangerousHabits
If you can get passed the love stories within the main plot, its actually a really good movie. That said, if you cant, the relationships ruin it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by John R.
This is one of my favorite movies since I first saw it on TV years ago. Most people have never heard of it, but all of my friends I have introduced to the movie have loved it as... Read morePublished 26 days ago by JMX
This movie has it's ups and downs. The overall story is entertaining. Some of the actors' performances are good while others are painful to watch. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aaron S
The movie is a decent space scifi action flick but nothing particularly special, Final editing hurt the film badly by removing a number of scenes and an entire subplot from the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Robert William Hill
I saw this when it opened in 1999 was a great film then, its not perfect but it fits the bill for a decent science fiction film, specifically the sub plot where pilgrims were... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kirk