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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 creators actually state "You can also download all the movies [through a torrent client]," so don't feel guilty about doing so, since this currently appears to be the only way to attain them ("The Star Wreck Store is closed for renovations"). The first one (1992) is very rudimentary animation, but they gradually improve, culminating in the feature film on this DVD.
The humor is sophomoric, but given that the "actors" are probably sophomores (college? high school? hard to tell) with no formal dramatic education (another guess on my part), perhaps we can cut them some slack. There are occasional moments of hilarity, often from the smallest of details. Captain Pirk damaging one of the screens on the bridge in a fit of temper should at least elicit a grin.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the CGI battles are impressive. Chroma keying is also used in the film, which lends credibility to the production. Really what is holding this back from being more than 3 stars is the overall "home movie" feel; while somewhat charming, it becomes less so when the humor fails to work (which is often).
Special Features on the disc include interviews and, at the end of one of them, "The Plingon Dance."
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.
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.
If you want top of the line sci-fi, buy (and pay more) for some big name studio stuff. If you want some cheap entertainment, with surprisingly good visuals, give this a try.
Rev. Dr. Dean T. Carter