Posted: 11/10/2009

 

Star Wreck

by Elaine Hegwood Bowen




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Star Wreck is a funny parody of the Star Trek empire of movies, documentaries, promotional items, etc., written by a Finnish writer and played out with hilarious results by Finnish actors. The first-ever Finnish science fiction adventure, Star Wreck combines creative passion with world-class visual effects to unite Star Trek fans and foes alike.

This is not your typical parody aimed solely at Star Trek fans. Instead, it is a movie for everyone with a taste for action, comedy and zany characters. It tells the story of Captain James B. Pirk of the Starship C.P.P. Kickstart and his crew, which includes Commander Dwarf and Commander Info. The lot of them finds that they are stranded on 21st Century Earth, adventuring to save the planet from hostile aliens. As the prospects for humanity’s conquest of space look increasingly bleaker, Pirk comes up with a questionable plan to save mankind’s future. The story that unfolds amidst space battles is a stark reminder of the danger that results from the mixture of ambition, cowardice and stupidity.

Caption Pirk travels to Russia to buy the battleship, and while on earth the crew extols the virtues of cheeseburgers with extra cheese. The crew discusses impending death, while running different voyages, which is a testament to the fact that they don’t trust or feel safe with Captain Pirk.

The crew gets wasted while travelling to different planets, and their ships are often parked in handicapped spots. They confuse light beer for light balls, and they often don’t have enough energy to “beam” the entire crew to a new planet, but they have fun after all.
An ingenious band of five students and various contributors from Tampere acquired a lot of blue linoleum and a few home computers to create this terrific sci-fi comedy that will have both fans and non-fans enthralled throughout. Star Wreck’s spectacular visual effects have inspired the team behind the film to begin work on their next big-budget production, Iron Sky, which is due to shoot in Germany later this year.

Revolver Entertainment is pleased to offer Star Wreck on DVD beginning November 10. It’s a feature-length, sci-fi parody, seven years in the making. It took more than 300 extras, assistants and supporters to join forces to create this laugh out loud comedy. The DVD includes tons of new and unseen extras, such as audio commentary, interviews and deleted, alternative and extended scenes.

“Boldly going where no comedy has gone before,” Star Wreck is great fun to watch, while comparing the antics of Captain Pirk and his crew with the genuine Star Trek and its Caption Kirk.

For much fun, beam yourself up and get a copy of Star Wreck!

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.



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