Wing Commander (Widescreen)
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Recently I saw the movie when a close friend of mine bought it on video. Although I was prepared for the worst, I was pleasantly surprised. I now definitely think that the critics were too hard on this film.
Not as good as the Star Wars series, upon which the games were totally inspired and loosely modeled, to me this film still stood on its own. What made the movie worthy of this position? Well it was the space battles. Watching large cap ships fighting with each other and small fighter craft zinging between them was very cool. All the battles were done in the unique way that only the wing commander universe could do them. Also the fine cast of actors (minus Freddie) made the non-battle scenes at least watchable. My favorites were Maniac and the captain guy who died.
One of my mixed feelings regarding this movie was that it did not follow the games closer. While I understand why Chris Roberts did it, the whole "Space Pilgrims" thing, came off awkward and rather cheesy. It was as if he wanted to put in something like Luke Skywalker's "Force" powers. Unfortunely the Pilgrim power took out any sort reason to worry about any of the characters, especially Blair. Even with the different storyline, I had no doubt that everything would be fine at the end because our hero had supernatural space powers to help him.Read more ›
But, if you can get beyond the appearance and the beginning, this turns into a fairly good story.
Freddie Prinze Jr. is one of the hotshot pilots. He is the son of Settlers, early humans that ventured into space colonizing other planets. Because Settlers and earth humans engaged in a war in the past, a lot of hatred is still harbored against anyone with Settlers' blood. Because of this hatred, he keeps this aspect a secret. As the story unfolds, we learn that Settlers' have an instinctive 'feel' for space travel. This special ability will clearly give Freddie Prinze Jr. an advantage as he survives against higher odds. As he encounters Saffron Barrows, his wing commander, he learns to how to trust others as he also falls in love.
One added feature, the DVD version has excellent surround sound for the attack scenes.
Add tons of special effects, and you've got some of the best battle scenes of the year. The storyline, though, is bland and predictable, and the acting talent is wasted. Talent such as Tcheky Karyo and Saffron Burrows should not be in such a mediocre film. Even if their talent is wasted, their talent is obvious as they are the best acting of the movie, no matter how small their parts are. There is also mediocrity behind the camera, as Chris Roberts, the force behind all things Wing Commander, directs his first feature film. Yet again, something that shouldn't have been. Roberts shows no enthusiasm and does nothing especially different.
"Wing Commander" is a decent film, with decent acting, and extrordinary special effects.
I should note that in most cases, the movie version of a video game had at least a better story. Take Mortal Kombat for instance, or Super Mario Bros (that one's a bit debatable due to how much it sucked). In this case, however, the movie story actually isn't as good as the game version! I was especially appalled when I learned that Chris Roberts directed this piece. The man must have been smoking some heavy crack while he read over the script.
I'll admit the movie had some interesting plot aspects to it, like the stealing of the navigation 'black box' at the start. However, this curious plot element was not followed up in any intelligent manner. The fighters in general looked markedly different from the ones in the game, and in my opinion don't look half as intimidating. Kilrathi ships also look fragile and clumsy, though they are supposed to act tough and agile. The Tiger's Claw was oddly cramped for an attack carrier, looking more like a submarine than a starship from the inside. I suppose it's an interesting change of ship design, but it doesn't follow anything in the games.
Now, about that plot. This was the real strength of the Wing Commander product line and what made the last few installments in the game series especially fun. The Kilrathi really seemed brilliant, diabolical, and cruel.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Freddie Prinze Jr and Matthew Lillard work well together, as was evident in the live action Scooby Doo movies. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2013 by Andrew Dorscht
Wing Commander is like a SyFy/Asylum movie with a better budget. Same crappy acting, story, production and directing, just better F/X, which still aren't all that good. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2013 by B. Armitage
This is an outstanding movie. It worth watching over and over.
I would recommend for all to view including Children.
Funny that some people are not smart enough to understand this movie. I watch this movie over and over again, and I never get tired of it. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by RONNIE P LESTER