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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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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

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

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (15)

Playing up the military angle is the best move, but this and some excellent incidental effects can't completely disguise the shortcomings.

April 7, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Excruciatingly earnest yet convictionless.

April 7, 2010 | Full Review…

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

March 26, 2009

Wing Commander looks like it was put together by people who couldn't agree on whether or not the year 2564 would be colored with red bulbs and fluorescent cafeteria lights or costumed as if Urban Oufitters had gone to Uranus.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wing Commander

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

Freddie Prinze and Matthew Lillard? BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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