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.
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).
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.
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. Visit their website for a summary of them: starwreck.com/legacy/movies.php 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."
After seeing (and loving) Iron Sky, I figured the minds that created that would have done equally well with our beloved Star Trek. Well, I guess this was their practice piece.
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.
First, I didn't read every single review and should have, I may not have bought this had I known it wasn't in English. With movies like this you don't really want to have to focus on every single line like you do if you're tied to reading everything instead of hearing it.
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.