Unfortunately the intense demand for the trailer has been causing problems for the CIC's server (and the other web sites hosted by it) -- forcing us to remove it. Here's an up-to-date list of trailer mirrors- (We'd like to thank everyone mirroring the trailer - if you have space to do so and can help, please contact us.
You might have noticed that the CIC is running quite a bit slower than normal today. Fortunately Jumpstart from the Killer Bees has graciously offered to mirror our 33 megabyte version of the Wing Commander movie International Trailer (the main cause of today's traffic problems). We would appreciate it if some people tried getting it off KB to lighten the load on the CIC. The Killer Bees also carry the CIC's RealMovie version of the Wing Commander Academy animated television series. You can find the high-res International Trailer on Killer Bees here and the other trailer mirrors here.
The below article was sent to Cinescape by FOX to help prepair non-initiates for the Wing Commander Movie. Note: this is the second time in as many days that FOX has proven that they can't remember the simple number '2654'.
"Earth year 2564. The Confederation is engaged in a brutal war with the vicious, bloodthirsty alien race, the Kilrathi. The Kilrathi have captured a computer navigation device, which they plan on using to jump behind enemy lines and attack Earth.
"Only three brazen young space pilots and their elite fighter squadron stand in the way of their planet's destruction.
"Christopher Blair (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) is fresh from the Academy, but his inexperience belies his incredible navigational skills. He has a genetically inbred gift – an innate feel for the stars and for space-time itself.
"Blair's buddy, Todd 'Maniac' Marshall (Matthew Lillard), is a brash, irresponsible fighter jock with a slightly crazed gleam in his eye. He likes to do things his way, and if he breaks a few rules, so much the better.
"Their wing commander is the strong-willed and beautiful Jeanette 'Angel' Deveraux (Saffron Burrows), the leader of the fighter squadron. Deveraux's laser-like focus and leadership skills mask her growing attraction for Chris.
"With nothing but their own rebellious ways in common, Deveraux, Blair and Maniac will come together to face a seemingly invincible enemy…with the future of mankind at stake."
"Since no one's managed to put two-and-two together, I'll mention the only reason Wing Commander is getting a theatrical release and not headed straight-to-video is because She's All That (starring Freddie Prinze, Jr.) opened to such big numbers. That's the only thing that saved this movie from oblivion.
"Fox is now also planning on tagging the flick with the new 4 1/2 minute Star Wars trailer exclusively for its opening weekend. Given how weak WC is, they figure on grabbing all the loot they can the first weekend, since the grosses will plummet drastically based on bad word of mouth once people see it. But with Prinze, some competent marketing, and the Star Wars trailer, the film could double its budget back before vanishing from theaters in a month (which would only take about $50 million to do).
"As for the movie, well... it's basically the indulgence of a cocky, inexperienced first-time director. It has all the usual mistakes, just magnified onto a larger-than-usual canvas. Most of the problems should've been caught (and could've been fixed) at script stage. For instance, the film doesn't even know who its main character is! It's too bad there wasn't a strong, experienced producer on board to steer this film where it should've/could've gone. There's some nice work here and there, but it's mired in a mess. For example, there's some decent visual effects (cool space battles), but the Kilrathi make-up is just... sad.
"The cast is basically split between 'older' and 'younger' actors. The 'older' ones are good, though limited by their material. Tcheky Karyo really shines, and you can't help but wonder what he could have done with a real script. (Personally, I think he should have been the main character.) Suchet and Warner are solid, but don't have a lot to do. Quarshie is only glimpsed. Jurgen Prochnow is sorta surreal, actually, given the oh-so-obvious Das Boot rip-offs the film makes at every turn.
"An aside: Prochnow's character keeps obsessing (somewhat irrationally) about the fact that Blair is a 'Pilgrim,' over and over, ranting and raving. It's annoying and meaningless, because his prejudice isn't based on anything rational. It's thinly explained way too late in the film to matter, and is one of many examples of poor writing and shallow character development the film is strewn with.
"The younger cast is uniformly bad, except for Saffrom Burrows -- but she's grossly miscast. As the Wing Commander herself, she commands no authoritative presence. She just has pouty lips. Prinze, Jr. (Blair) is vacuous, dim and distant. He doesn't have the magnetism or charisma of a 'leading man.' In fact, it feels like he doesn't even know he's the lead in the film. Matthew Lillard (Maniac) is atrociously grating and annoyingly out-of-control, chewing scenery with reckless abandon. You want to shoot him. Ginny Holder (Rosie) doesn't exude any depth, nor inspire any interest -- which can be said of all four of these actors.
And, of course, we're subjected to ridiculous 'romance' subplots, pairing Prinze with Burrows, and Lillard with Holder. It's so absurdly stupid it's offensive. I mean, it comes out of nowhere, it isn't even marginally developed, and serves no constructive purpose for the plot. In fact, it often stops the film dead in its tracks (which doesn't take much).
"Another example of the film's poor writing and shallow character development has to do with the gimmick of how pilots deal with the loss of a comrade. They just say 'they never existed' as a coping mechanism. This is played out with self-conscious, high melodrama. It's ridiculous, and is a lame attempt at giving the characters depth and building resonance, but it's a cheap, paper-thin gimmick that undermines any possible emotional investment in them.
"Overall: while the film is quite an accomplishment for $27 million, it is an exercise in frustration. Fans of the video game who are satisfied with the level of storytelling they get from the CD-ROM's are in for a treat, with lots of solid effects work. Sci-fi/action film fans seeking a satisfying movie experience should probably just get up and leave after the new Star Wars trailer."
As many of you know, the low-res versions of the Wing Commander movie trailer were taken offline last night (leaving only the two minute long, 33 MB, high-res trailer the CIC carried). This was because they are considered the "unofficial international trailer." The CIC has relocated all of them now and looks forward to the release of the official thirty-second trailer hopefully tonight at wcmovie.com. The new mirrors of the two minute "internatonal trailer" are below. Many thanks to Dan from Dan's Wing Commander movie page for this information.
The CIC would like to acknowledge the famous BluesNews' recognition of the Wing Commander movie trailer. It should be reassuring to hardcore Wing Commander fans that so many non-WC sites find it significant enough to post about this. Check out Blue's update here.
Various gaming sites, such as Gaming Age and A Talent For War, have begun reporting on the new Wing Commander movie trailer. Check out GA's blurb here. Get the CIC's exclusive high-res 33 megabyte version of the trailer here.