I was pleasantly surprised by this movie after reading the bad prior reviews. It is a good combat science fiction movie. The special effects were really good considering the budget of the film. The acting was decent, and the story was well written. The only problem I had was the poor effects of the Kilrathi, they did not look good at all. Fans of the wing commander games should go see this movie with an open mind. No Mark Hammil, but the movie is not any lesser with him missing. See this film, you will like it. 10/10
Very well done after all is considered (by Hybrid-9)
A lot of negative reviews have been given about Wing Commander which I find slightly upsetting. People have been saying the plot was extremely weak and that the Kilrathi monsters were very poorly done. A few comments have also been made as to the quality of acting in the movie. The movie at this point has earned a 4.7/10 IMDb user's rating which I feel is undeservingly low. I will not try to defend the movie as a "great and timeless" movie, for it was not. However, considering a $27 million budget, the movie was very well presented. I mean, to release a Sci-Fi movie, which <more>
relies very heavily on costly special effects, for such a small amount of money must have been a very difficult task. Look at Titanic, it was a romance and the special effects involved recreating a Ship and making it Sink, now granted they were good effects and Titanic was a good movie, but it also had a budget of $200 million. As for the actors I feel they did a superb job portraying the characters, especially Matthew Lillard who gave "Maniac" a lovable character and portrayed the original Maniac from the video game series very well. The plot, though not very strong, had enough flow to give the movie a sense of direction and having played the game, I understood the concepts easily. Another point not many people have touched upon is how Chris Roberts used many tactical elements from the gaming series. Involving torpedoes and the use of bombers to attack capital ships, and jump points as opposed to simple "warp" or "hyperdrive". In this, sense he kept very true to the game series. Before watching the movie, I did not really expect much from the special effects with the knowledge of the low budget but surprisingly the effects were very, very well done except for a few close ups of the Rapiers when you can tell they are using a model with a computer generated background . The Kilrathi were poorly done but there is not enough exposure of them to take too much away from the movie, again budget constraints have hurt them in this department. However, the dogfights, capital ships, battle scenes, and backgrounds were quite stunning and had me very surprised. I think the movie provides a good opportunity for franchise possibilities if done right. Also keep in mind that this was Chris Robert's debut on the big screens and if the Wing Commander games have taught us anything at all is that Chris adapts well and learns from his mistakes. If there is a Wing Commander 2 The movie of course look for it to be quite a step up from this Wing Commander, especially if they get a bigger budget. I think the Wing Commander concept has great potential and after all is considered I think an excellent job was done on this movie. In comparison to other movies in this genre I would give it a 7.3/10
When I was a child I remember catch every episode of Battlestar galactica watching it again every one as I never see it before. I never been so many times 5 in a cinema watching the same movie but with the same feeling when you discover a treasure, one of this films or shows like galactica with great characters, maybe not so good special effects. What's makes Wing commander a good underrated movie? The story about the war in the heart of the warriors, in this case Blair before becomes the Wing Commander and Maniac Marshall have to fight not only against the kilrathi, they have a <more>
little dark war with the own crew of the battlecruiser Tigerclaw, where the pain of the last civil war is still pounding in every heart. With this movie Chris Roberts explore a new vision of the space colonization the pilgrim war and at the same time try to bring feeling of the First world war as a model of this new war on the new frontier. Even when the acting is not so great Tcheky Karyo and Jurgen Prochnow, makes a good work and the soundtracks is wonderful. But this kind of movies it's only for those who wanna watch something more adult than star wars.
Well, I've seen it twice now. I'm sure that says something. The one thing that I told myself as I went into the theater was "This isn't the game". Too many people were expecting Mark Hammil, or Biff from Back to the Future, and were miffed that the movie didn't include them, or anyone that looked like them. So far, I haven't heard anyone say complain that Val Kilmer or George Clooney didn't LOOK like Michael Keaton; the portrayal of their character is a different story...I'll admit, the movie had a cookie-cutter plot. Young guy doesn't realize his <more>
potential, young guy is mocked, best friend stands up for him, young guy saves the day. That, and the standard "Have someone how loves and loses, and someone who falls in love at the end." But, then again, how many movies have been made that have a cookie cutter plot?I was quite impressed with the acting. I'll admit, I haven't been a big fan of the teen slasher movies, so this was my first experience at seeing a lot of these guys. The young Blair was portrayed exactly as I would have expected, not too sure of himself, too willing to scurry into a corner rather than face confrontation. Maniac was great; much better than the poor portrayal in the last 3 iterations of the video game. I mean, let's face it, Maniac's character was completely re-done in WC3, to make him exactly like Biff. And Paladin was excellent. Not anything like the Paladin of the games it took a while to get used to a non-scottish Paladin , but a very good, dark, but fatherly figure.The effects were incredible, especially when you consider the relatively meager budget the film was done on. Yeah, the NavCom looked like a car battery, and the Kilrathi were lacking. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if the original intent was to NOT show the Kilrathi at all; someone decided this would be too artistic of a move, and created some cheesy looking aliens at the last minute.My favorite aspect of the movie, though, was how it abandons the standard "Everything is bright and pretty and technological in Sci-Fi". The ships were beat on. The cruisers looked like they had to be held together with bailing wire. The bridges of the vessels were dark, cramped, and simple. The ships shot bullets, rather giving us bright and technical laser beams. Also, humanity wasn't portrayed as being perfect; there were factions, and racism, and everything else that we experience on earth today.I'm just waiting for the DVD...
I just saw Wing Commander last Saturday and I was very impressed. Science fiction movies that are not Star Trek or Star Wars movies usually do not have plots of good quality, but Wing Commander seems to be an exception to this rule. It's a great movie overall . . . it's got everything: action, incredible special effects, a little romance, and yes, it's even got some important social issues thrown in. The whole "s/he never existed" attitude after a pilot was killed was a fascinating dynamic -- you could see that it pained 'Angel' to say "Do it for <more>
Rosie." And the hatred directed toward Blair for being half-'Pilgrim' was a telling reminder that prejudice against people based on their heritage still exists today, but that it can be overcome.I would rate the movie 9 1/2 out of 10 stars. Hopefully, Hollywood will produce more of such thought-provoking, enjoyable science fiction flicks. In the meantime, my final words on the movie are that Wing Commander rules!
Pretty good. At least I thought it was... (by kgirl)
I watch a lot of movies and can get pretty critical when I come to a movie with a really predictable plot, but I thought this movie was pretty good. The effects were great. I really enjoyed the movie except for the ending. I was pretty disappointed with it. It was way too sudden. If someone had asked me how many minutes I thought were left in the movie, I would have guessed at least 5. It was so unexpected that I sat in the theater for a minute wondering if there was more. It wasn't the events that were unexpected, it was the placement of the ending. It's hard to explain... They just <more>
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. The graphics weren't up to say Episode1 standards, but were convincing enough and I loved the raspy engine noise for the Rapiers . The acting was what I've come to expect from these younger American actors as in good .I'd say from an objective view point it's a good film. A bit lacking in certain areas, but certainly enjoyable.I say "objective" simply because I have never been exposed to the hugely popular game series, so I was seeing this as a film, not as a spin off in which case I'm sure it would come across worse, simply <more>
because when you're used to one set of actors portraying your favourite characters a new team will never fit the bill .Overall not a bad way to spend my Wednesday evening.
Not The Best But Its Definetly Not Boring (by schrimp)
People are way too hard on this movie. The acting is better than average and action is awesome. This alone makes up for the weak plot and so so special effects. And it moves at such a pace that it is impossible to be bored unlike Star Wars Episode 1 where I sat through that entire pod race scene wondering when it was going to end. I'm not saying that this is better than Star Wars but I could watch this movie over and over which is something I couldn't say for Star Wars. ***/****
Nice, a little chaotic, much like the game (by poem)
Well I saw this one before I've read any comment about it. I think its very much like the game. So I was a little surprised that the movie get such bad comments. I really liked it, and I've seen it even twice, after reading the bad comments; and I still enjoyed it.Well I've tried to find out why the movie get that bad comments, but I've still no clue. They say there is no story, but thats not true, the story is really complex in fact, too complex . Or that sound can't be heard in space - haha, funny, why does nobody care about that in movies such as "Star Wars" <more>
?My own main problem with the movie are those parts which doesn't get explained; for example, what happened with the commander after he get wounded ? Suddenly he's just gone, and never appears again. Or why didn't they tried to save the fighter pilot who had crashed on the gangway ?!?!?And the fights itself as well as some of the starships looked too much just like those in the game, that could have been far cooler. On the other hand, the Kilrati - didn't they looked like lions in the original, much bigger than human beings ? Here they are black and are just same size, and they look more like rats.I somehow missed Rachael Leigh Cook in this one. Freddie Prinze Jr. played again the Prince Charming, but he had no real counterpart like in She's all that. Saffron Burrows is really good looking, but simply too old for taking Raechael's part. Matthew Lillard was again crazy - surprise, surprise ! I hope I can summarize the rest of the acting as simply good, without mentioning each of them individually.The movie looked much like the game - or much like StarTrek. The script was a little to complex and confusing, with too many stories in the story, but it also had suspense. The introduction was really good, except that one has to hear what these people say to understand some things happening later.