Space Truckers: Directed by Stuart Gordon. With Tim Loane, Ian Beattie, Olwen FouÃ©rÃ©, Shane Rimmer. A space trucker and his cute fiancee are on their way from a space station to Earth with an unknown cargo. When space pirates hijack them, 5000 disintegrator robots are found in the cargo.
Dennis Hopper and Debi Mazar in a 1996 film about a sorta cowboy space trucker doing his thing seems like the type of thing that would fall into hiliarious camp (looking at you Moon Zero Two), but starts out with some pretty heavy political stuff with corporations and private operators and how they’re constantly at each other’s throats. After that’s all done, that’s when the camp kicks in and is just stupid space trucker fun. Remember Charles Dance from Game of Thrones? He’s one of the main bad guys here! He chews up every scene he’s in, including one in which he’s attempting to fix his own rip cord started low amp electrical wang pulse.
Some of the effect are terrible, some of the effects are fantastic, and some of the practical stuff….well they left in the wire rigging that was holding up the actors in the zero gravity scenes, so it’s all over the damn place and feels like two different movies that had wildly different budgets that were mashed together. I particularly loved the design of the pirate ship, but the main hero ship seemed cheapy made and poorly designed.
It’s good if you’d like to check out some mid-90’s cheeseball science fiction, which was exactly what I needed today.