Posted by martinteller on July 22, 2012
Communications have been discovered emanating from the star of Cassiopeia. The spaceship “Dawn” is launched, but because the journey will take 27 years each way… it’s manned with 14-year-olds! Wacky outer space adventures ensue.
This is pretty silly stuff… and there’s some terrible comedy… and the special effects are often laughable. But there is something fun about it. You get several of the familiar space travel tropes: the selection of the crew, the universal translator, the giddy weightless hi-jinx. There’s also a precursor to the holodeck, some 13 years before “Star Trek: The Next Generation” aired. And of course, a problem arises, things go terribly wrong, and the mettle of the team is put to the test.
The film combines two fantasies of adolescent boys: spaceships and being alone with cute girls and no adult supervision (no, nothing happens… it’s a family-friendly movie). In addition to the aerospace obstacles that must be overcome, there’s a running problem throughout the entire film of determining which of the girls wrote a mash note for the lead boy! The answer will shock and amaze you! (Not really.)
The movie has a lot of warts and the construction is pretty messy. Still, it’s enjoyable as a goofy oddity if you give in to the spirit of it. Rating: Fair (66)