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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!
'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
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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).
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in a unique comedy, wants an actual parody, and/or is a major fan of Star Trek. It is simply too well done to pass up, and is a fine addition to the sci-fi section of your movie collection.
Satire is easy, but good satire is very hard - at best, it stays just close enough to the original to show the inanity that was there in the first place. Although the CGI effects were great, the script just didn't live up to it. And, if they had studied Sigourney Weaver's role in Galaxy Quest, they could have done a lot more with the sorely under-used officer babe.
So, even with Captain Fukov and all the rest, it just didn't do a lot for me. Worth seeing, maybe, but preferably if you're not the one paying.
I bought Iron Sky before, and my son and I enjoyed it as a "bad movie that wasn't pretending to be a good one". These guys know they're making terrible jokes and don't have the greatest sets. Most of their work is done in front of a blue screen...but whoever is doing their CGI knows a bit about what they're doing. Overall production is not far out of the basement, but again it's not billed as some blockbuster $10,000,000 movie.
As a movie, though, it was funny enough and we laughed many times (mostly at how bad it was, but how stupid the main character was (stupid as in he's written to be a dumb guy). If you want to watch a bad movie, and don't mind subtitles this would be good for you.
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. This film is filled with excellent performances and some of the best effects and production values you're likely to find in any fan film, let alone a parody (most of which don't even bother trying to look good on the assumption that this somehow adds to the "charm.") While there are times when its clear that the film is the work of a bunch of friends setting out to have some fun making a movie, the end results are nothing if not professional. In fact I would say that many of the battle sequences are in fact better than some of the ones we've seen in the official movies.
That said, there are a few things that a potential customer needs to keep in mind when purchasing this film. For a start: it is a Finnish film, made for a Finnish audience, most of whom it can be assumed are fluent Finnish speakers. Finnish isn't always a very pretty language (though I'll admit that as time went on it started to take on a near hypnotic quality.) There is no English dubbing, though there are excellent subtitles. The translation was done by one of the people who worked on the film, so the film avoids many of the usual translation errors. All the jokes relying on a play on words and other forms of linguistic humor (such as Pirk's obvious difficulty pronouncing and/or understanding the definitions of some of the words he uses) are faithfully translated into English. That said, not all of them are immediately recognizable as jokes. It takes a bit of research for instance to learn the humor behind the weapons being called "twinklers" and "light balls," stemming from a case of less-than-inspired Finnish translation of Star Trek. For me this really wasn't a problem. In fact I rather enjoyed reading up a little on the background of Finnish Science Fiction and later going back to watch the film again so I could catch this second layer of humor that had been injected throughout the script. But if you're one of those people who simply can't abide subtitles in film, you might want to give this a pass and wait for their next film, Iron Sky.
The second thing to keep in mind, particularly if you're a fervent fan of Star Trek, is that you need to be able to take a joke about the franchise. I'll admit to being a devoted Trekkie (or Trekker, as that seems to be the more popular term these days) and I thought it was hilarious. But then again I have met a few people who view any kind of jab at Spock's pseudo-scientific explanations or Kirk and Riker's habitual womanizing as a form of minor herecy. Much of the humor stems from the fact that the way Pirk's mind works is not at all in what many would refer to as the spirit of Star Trek. I hope that for most this won't be a reason not to pick this DVD up, but I do realize that for some of you that may be a deal breaker.
Finally, I have to say that if any of these opinions have made you unsure about picking up the DVD, I'd suggest that you go to the internet and pick up a copy of the original cut of the film. It's free (the producers have links on their site) and comes in several flavors of subtitling. Unlike the Imperial Edition DVD, it also features effects shots using the original Star Trek ship designs. If after watching that you decide that perhaps you can live with the subtitles and the awesome force of raw ego that is James B. Pirk, I'd say pick up a copy of the DVD so you can get the special features, new (litigation-proof) effects, and give the film makers an incentive to bring us more films of this caliber in the future. If you're like me and appreciate a strong witty script which isn't afraid to stop taking itself seriously every now and then coupled with professional level special effects, there's really no way you can go wrong with this film.