Wing Commander (1999)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Freddie Prinze Jr. 1st Lt. Christopher Blair
Saffron Burrows Lt. Cmdr. 'Angel' Devereaux
Matthew Lillard Lt. Todd 'Maniac' Marshall
Tchéky Karyo Cmmdre. James 'Paladin' Taggart
Jürgen Prochnow Cmdr. Paul Gerald
David Suchet Capt. Jason Sansky
David Warner Adm. Geoffrey Tolwyn
Ginny Holder Rosie Forbes
Hugh Quarshie Obutu
Ken Bones Adm. Bill Wilson
John McGlynn Belegarde
Richard Dillane Hunter
Mark Powley Polansky
David Fahm Knight
Simon MacCorkindale Flight Boss
Fraser James Helmsman
Craig Kelly Radar Man Falk
Kieron Phipps Peterson
Jamie Treacher Pegasus Radar Man
Cyril Nri Security Officer
Jari Kinnunen Concordia Radar Man
Raffaello Degruttola Rodriguez (as Raph Taylor)
Paul Courtenay Hyu Con Officer
Mark Jones Kilrathi Admiral
Graham Riddell Kilrathi Captain
Christopher P. Kibbey Medic
John Bondi Lt. Court (uncredited)
Dan Finkelstein Tiger Claw Pilot (uncredited)
Mark Hamill Merlin (uncredited) (voice)
Chris Roberts Salvage Ship Pilot (uncredited)
Freddie Prinze, Jr. Chris Blair
Tcheky Karyo
Jurgen Prochnow
Movie Details
Genre Action; Sci-Fi; War
Director Chris Roberts (II); Chris Roberts
Producer Todd Moyer
Writer Chris Roberts; Kevin Droney
Studio 20th Century Fox
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 100 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Video games are interesting because they're interactive, and movies because they aren't. In a video game, you're the actor; moviegoing depends on your connecting with those people up on the screen;. There's really no easy crossover.

That's the problem with Wing Commander, based on the bestselling computer game series created by Chris Roberts. Roberts helms the film, too, having previously directed "cinematic" sequences for the game, starring Mark Hamill from Star Wars, no less. But a feature-length story is something else again. Maybe gamers will find something to enjoy here, but that sets the rest of us adrift.

There's war between the Terran Confederation and the evil Kilrathi, who are so evil they want to destroy the whole universe. (They probably aren't thinking that through very clearly. But then they're evil.) They've stolen the Pegasus Navicom A.I. device that enables them to "jump" behind enemy lines and destroy the Earth part of the universe. Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Blair, a Pilgrim, which means he's hated by everybody for having this film's answer to the Force. His pal Matthew Lillard plays Maniac (his usual role). So you've got two guys with a Top Gun complex, bent on preventing the Kilrathi from destroying Earth. You'd expect lots of action from these combat-ready flyboys. But there's scant little of that, and lots of static dialogue scenes, including one cinematic quote of Howard Hawks's classic Only Angels Have Wings to explain how pilots handle the death of one of their own. Presumptuous. All it would have taken to make this film a success is a series of action set pieces and a thin plot to hang them from. What director Roberts needed was a Navicom device to help him "jump" behind Hollywood lines. That and a decent script. --Jim Gay

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 141
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 086162121715
Chapters 27
Release Date 2002
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
Links
Internet Movie Database