concept is scary, but the execution, infused with all the spirit
of true Star Trek fanatics, exudes with honest energy.
Free Enterprise so entertaining because it is much more
than a concept movie, itís a film about people, and these
people are a lot of fun to be around. So fasten your seat belts
kiddies, cause the movie references will be flying like a meteor
Two buddies on the periphery of the movie business, one a
marginal magazine publisher and the other a talented film editor
in a less than prestige house, find inspiration in the common
bond of Star Trek idolatry. A chance meeting with William
Shatner, who is nothing like his Star Trek persona might
suggest, opens up new possibilities, Free Enterprise
takes off like a mission the crew of the original starship
Enterprise would be proud of, seeking new frontiers of
moviemaking and bringing a whole new beat to Shakespeare by way
Boy, these guys
did a fine job of casting this film. Rafer Weigel is delightful
as Robert. Totally natural in every scene and filled with the
starry-eyed honesty of Star Trek innocence, Weigel gives Robert
a center of gravity good enough to make maneuvers in this spacey
comedy utterly comfortable. Eric McCormack does fine work as
Mark. Shatner is such a good sport about the material in Free
Enterprise. Heís comfortable with his character and
generous to his fellow actors.
What a terrific
special edition the Free Enterprise team has put
together. The audio commentary is enthusiastic and consistently
entertaining. In addition, the filmmakers have delivered a
documentary made with what appears to be a digital camcorder. It
looks great and is put together with the same verve as the
feature film. Get ready for some terrific screen tests and about
a half hourís worth of deleted scenes. Bright DVD images with
plenty of visual pizzazz are more the norm these days. Free
Enterprise, a widescreen presentation, is no exception. The
colors are lively and literally jump off the screen. Edge
enhancement is kept to a minimum, yet detail is outstanding. You
can enjoy every quirky look delivered by the actors. Shatnerís
rap rendition of Julius Caesar is a blast and the sound is
crisp, clean, and while lacking the rumble of a Star Trek
flick, it has enough power to launch Free Enterprise.
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