Wing Commander
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -1

WING COMMANDER was one of the first computer games to use real video clips to move the action of the game along. This transition to a full-fledged film sticks close to the story line developed for the game. In the year 2654, an alien race called the Kilrathi have declared war on Earth. Space travel over great distances is made by jumping through gravity holes near stars. When the Kilrathi capture an earth navigation system, they can follow the path to Earth. It's up to a new graduate of the academy, Lt. Chris Blair (Freddie Prinze Jr.), to deliver the orders to the crew of the Tiger Claw so they can delay the Kilrathi until Earth is ready. But when the Tiger Claw captures the navigation control, they can tell earth where the enemy will come from. Blair has to get the information to earth, but at least one Kilrathi is on his tail. All this leads to many exciting space battles. Spectacular special effects and exciting action will probably make WING COMMANDER a winner at the box office.

Much of the action involves shooting enemy spacecraft. One scene takes the crew into an enemy ship where hand guns are used, but the kills are not graphic. Many of the battles are variations of naval battles on earth. In one scene the Tiger Claw acts like a submarine chased by a destroyer while in another it fires a broadside like an old pirate movie. A few bloody wounds are seen. Blair is shunned as being part pilgrim, directly related to the first space travelers who had an genetic extraordinary sense of direction. An older officer says they came to be like gods. But they wore a special cross-like medallion and he offers his to Blair as a faith booster. The fighter pilots have a habit of referring to their dead companions as having never existed which shuts off emotional grief. Although foul language is far less than some films, 9 s-words and 5 other obscenities mar the dialogue along with 10 mild and moderate crudities. Even with the emphasis on action, one scene of implied sex shows a couple in bed, but no nudity. Unfortunately, mild sexual content and obscenities moderately damage the acceptability of WING COMMANDER.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Crude Language: Crude Language: Many (10) times - Mild 5, Moderate 5
Obscene Language: Obscene Language: Many (14) times (s-word 9, other 5)
Profanity: Profanity: Few (2) times - Regular 1 (Jeez); Exclamatory 1 (my God)
Violence: Violence: Many times - Mild and Moderate (space ships explode, crash, aliens shot, gun threat)
Sexual Intercourse: Sexual Intercourse: Implied Once (unmarried couple in bed)
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Sexually Suggestive Dialogue/Action: Few times (man refers to woman as his target, couple in bed refer to needs, man enters crew room with unzipped flight suit after sexual encounter)
Drug Abuse: Alcohol drinking
Other: Dead referred to as never existing
Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens, adults, video gamers

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