Wing Commander (1999)

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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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Based on a popular series of video games, Wing Commander introduces us to an elite fighter squadron in the year 2654. The Earth confederation is at war with a vicious race called the Kilrathi. The Kilrathi have captured a navigational device which will allow them to jump through worm-holes in space to arrive behind enemy lines. Only this highly trained squadron, led by three young pilots, stand in their way. Christopher "Maverick" Blair (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is just out of the Academy, but his lack of experience is more than compensated by his exceptional navigational skills, though he is still haunted by the deaths of his parents in a previous galactic war. His friend, Todd "Maniac" Mashall (Matthew Lillard), is a brash, gung-ho fighter jock always rushing into danger. Their wing commander and leader is Jeanette "Angel" Deveraux (Saffron Burrows). Assigned these two new pilots by Admiral Geoffery Tolwyn (David Warner), the strong and beautiful Deveraux is at first resentful, but later develops feelings for Blair. Perhaps the two will find time for romance on their way to saving the solar system. ~ Ron Wells, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Cast

Simon MacCorkindale
as Flight Boss
Freddie Prinze Jr.
as Christopher `Maverick' Blair
Tcheky Karyo
as Commander Taggart
Matthew Lillard
as Todd `Maniac' Marshall
David Warner
as Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn
Saffron Burrows
as Jeanette `Angel' Deveraux
Jürgen Prochnow
as Commander Gerald
David Suchet
as Captain Sansky
Ken Bones
as Admiral Wilson
Fraser James
as Helmsman
John Bondi
as Lt. Court
Mark Powley
as Polansky
David Fahm
as Knight
Ginny Holder
as Rosie Forbes
Ralph Taylor
as Rodriguez
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Critic Reviews for Wing Commander

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (12)

Excruciatingly earnest yet convictionless.

Full Review… | April 7, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Though the ingredients are potent, their blending here mostly comes off as formulaic, humdrum and sometimes unintentionally laughable.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

As the movie transforms into a video game -- with a faux John Williams score to boot -- the human element turns corny, then laughable.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

The plot has all the depth and originality of a video game without the fun of the interactivity.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
ReelViews
Top Critic

Things get truly dispiriting when the character dramas recede and the spark provided by Lillard and Holder goes out, leaving us only one incomprehensible battle after another.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Salon.com
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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.

Hawk ____
Hawk ____

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.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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