Picks and Pans Review: Space Marines

updated 07/29/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/29/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Showtime (Sun., July 28, 8 p.m. ET)


A few good intergalactic men battle ruthless space pirates in this 21st-century thriller, where the spaceships look like gigantic electric razors and the aircraft look like they came out of a cereal box. Though veteran actor Meg Foster is the biggest name, the real star is Billy Wirth as a not especially bright marine. If this is the best acting he can muster, we're all a lot better off if he stays out there in deep space. Hamstrung by a pitiful screenplay and some absurdly cheesy special effects, Space Marines has one redeeming feature: John Pyper-Ferguson's over-the-top performance as the theatrical pirate leader.

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