There are over 250 special effects shots in "Wing Commander". If you base the movie just on the effects, then you're in for a ride. Now, if you base it on the plot and the acting, well, you might as well grab a pillow. Freddie Prinze Jr. plays Blair, is a Pilgrim, a descendant of the first space explorers who have a keen sense of the galaxy. So, he is given a weird look every time he is on the flight deck. His friend, Marshall, played by Matthew Lillard, is the usual testosterone driven ace pilot. They are the main characters as they fight the evil Kilrathi, yet another race who wants to take over the universe.
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.