Prinze Jr, Mark Lillard and Saffron Burrows
Screen story and screenplay by Kevin Droney
Based upon a story and characters created by Chris Roberts
Directed by Chris Roberts
In any other year Wing Commander,
based on the series of very successful computer games, would still
be a rental. In this year of the Second Coming of the Trilogy of
the Force, it's going to take a hit because nothing compares to
What Lucas Hath Wrought.
So check with your local theater but
get there early, 'cuz a new Episode One trailer will run
first, in most areas.
As always, no comparison is made to
the Source Material -- like Cranky could ever get past level one
of any of the games, so if this story sounds like a rehash of something
you've played, you're probably already inclined to see it.
In the year 2564, the Confederation
(the planetary government based on Earth) finds itself at war with
an alien race called the Kilrathi, all of whom look like they've
descended from cats. First blood goes to the kitties, as they blow
up some serious space tonnage and get their hands on a coding device
that will let them hyperjump to earth space. Best calculations have
defensive forces arriving home two hours too late.
The only hope for the Earth is a pair
of kidlet jocks and a tiny fighter squadron that happens to be in
the right place at the right time. Freddie Prinze Jr.
and Matthew Lillard step into the vid roles of
Christopher Blair and Todd "Maniac" Marshall and their
Wing Commander is the incredibly babelicious Lt. Cdr. "Angel"
Deveraux (Saffron Burrows). Standard stuff, with
one subplot about Blair being descended from a race of traitors
called The Pilgrims.
The effects and models are all fine
and the entire look of the picture reminded Cranky of pirate flicks
and WWII era submarine battle movies -- lots of torpedoes and grappling
hooks. As much as the script tries to build in heavy interpersonal
relationships and raise the stakes, the performances and visuals
under game creator Chris Robert's direction feels
pretty much by the book.
On average, a first run movie ticket
will run you Eight Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price
to Wing Commander, he would have paid...
Even with the effects, which will look
better on a big screen, this ones for the VCR. If you surf the website,
skip the intro 'cuz it's annoyingly pretentious