Wing Commander (1999)
Critic Consensus: The low budget may explain Wing Commander's cheesy special effects, but can't excuse the lame dialogue or the movie's obsessive reliance on sci-fi cliches.
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as Flight Boss
as Christopher `Maverick' Blair
as Commander Taggart
as Todd `Maniac' Marshall
as Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn
as Jeanette `Angel' Deveraux
as Commander Gerald
as Captain Sansky
as Admiral Wilson
as Lt. Court
as Rosie Forbes
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Critic Reviews for Wing Commander
Though the ingredients are potent, their blending here mostly comes off as formulaic, humdrum and sometimes unintentionally laughable.
As the movie transforms into a video game -- with a faux John Williams score to boot -- the human element turns corny, then laughable.
Wing Commander is based on a video game and has roughly the same degree of character development. That is all most moviegoers will need to know.
The plot has all the depth and originality of a video game without the fun of the interactivity.
Audience Reviews for Wing Commander
This was a pretty awful movie. The problem is that if focuses less on characters than on an overarching conflict that is never properly explained. Throughout the whole film I felt like I barely grasped the plot and that's a problem.
This movie based on a video game SUCKS!!! This movie is ridiculous and the storyline might just as well be from a 1950's B movie. The dialogue is awful, the acting worse, and the supposedly futuristic spacecraft looked like they were bought from a studio auctioning off props from old World War II movies. The characters are extremely well crafted in the game series, well, for a video game series anyway. Here, they come off as a bunch of tired clichés. Also, I take issue with the fact that Blair, the main character, is some kind of chosen one with special powers.
Feeble sci fi based on a computer game, which was actually more convincing, and had bigger stars (Malcolm McDowell and Mark Hamill, vs. Jurgen Prochnow and that bloke who was in...erm , that thing, you know....) Tries to be Top Gun in space, but manages to be even more cliched and simplistic. And the aliens are bollocks.