I personally enjoy just about everything UltraHeroix does. And one reason is because I enjoy a good underdog story. And I don’t mean “underdog” in any kind of derogatory manner. I just mean that they don’t have a big budget or access to a large LA talent pool, but they always succeed in making films that entertain me. I can’t ask for more than that from any producer. Just entertain me and I’ll be back for more. And I was absolutely entertained by Luna Starr.
To begin, here’s a little synopsis for you from Ultraheroix:
Luna Starr is on a mission to rescue a fellow space agent that is being held by the evil Space Pirate, Zordana and her crew. On this rescue mission, Luna herself encounters many perils in this adventure including being stunned by her own phaser, being in a life and death duel with Zordana, Being bear hugged and clobbered by their strong man. It’s one peril after the other as the heroine is knocked out and captured in more than one occasion in this Star Trek/Flash Gordon inspired adventure! This adventure runs approximately 28 minutes!
The film opens with a beautiful member of a space agency that we will not be calling “Starfleet” beaming down to a planet and almost immediately being confronted by a big dude wearing an eye patch. She has no success in fighting him off as her punches and kicks don’t hurt him at all. He hits her with a stomach punch, picks her up in a bearhug and eventually cradle carries her unconscious body off, delivering her to his leader Zordana.
After the opening credits roll we get our first look at Luna Starr, our heroine, and another great looker. With her phaser at the ready she finds the villains hideout, but before she can enter, she is ambushed by one of Zordana’s goons. The have a fight that Luna dominates with her martial arts skills. Soon enough, a fire fight starts as both take cover and Luna staggers him with a phaser blast and he surrenders. But with her attention all on this goon, the eye patch wearing henchman is able to sneak up on Luna and disarm her.
But Luna is stronger than she looks as she breaks his grasp and takes on both in hand-to-hand combat. She does quite well for herself but one of the goons gets his hands on her phaser and blasts her with it. She falls to the ground unconcious and we get a long panning shot of her body. The big guy carries her off over his shoulder and just like the other girl, Luna is delivered to Zordana.
It takes a while but Luna awakens only to find that she’s surrounded by all three villains. Things looks bad, but Luna knows something about Zordana and her people. She challenges Zordana to a one-on-one fight, a battle that Zordana has to accept. It’s like an honor thing for her people. You know what I mean.
Both combatants are armed with swords and Zordana takes the early adantage and knocks Luna down with a punch. But Luna quickly gets back the advantage and puts her sword to Zordana’s throat. Luna thinks that she has won, but Zordana and her minions pretty much ignore their own code and both goons grab hold of Luna.
Zordana leaves with the other minion, but not before ordering the eye patch henchman to kill Luna. A tired and weakend Luna tries to fight him off but he knocks her onto a couch and hits her in the face with some punches. He then picks her up in a backbreaker like hold over his shoulder and then puts her in a reverse bearhug. Luna can’t escape his grasp but in a cool twist, the other goon comes in from behind and knocks eye patch out with a blow to the head. Luna is unconscious as well, so the goon cradle carries her off to safety.
Luna awakens all alone and starts to search her surroundings. But she doesn’t get far as the minion who just saved her comes up from behind and knocks her back out with a neck pinch. When she awakens the goon offers her a deal. He wants to get away from Zordana and in exchange for leniancy for his crimes he will help Luna.
They go to the roof in hopes of contacting Luna’s ship but eye patch guy finds them and disables the other goon with a few punches. Luna tries to fight him off but she’s too weak. He picks her up in a frontal bearhug and squeezes her unconscious. He then picks her up in a cradle with the intention of throwing her off the roof when the other goon blasts him from behind with Luna’ phaser. But Zordana shows up out of nowhere and kills the goon, and is about to kill Luna but Luna disarms Zordana with a kick and runs away.
An exhausted Luna and Zordana square off and Zordana lands a kick and a punch that knocks Luna down. Zordana kicks Luna while she’s on her knees and just stands over Luna while she tries in vain to get to her communicator. Zordana puts Luna in a choke hold that Luna is able to break out of temporarily, but Zordana is able to put the hold right back on.
The girls continue to fight and each crawls across the floor to get to Luna’s communicator. They both get a grasp on it and wrestle for control. Zordana wins that struggle and is about to kill Luna but she is beamed out just in the nick of time and that’s where the film ends.
It’s kind of funny that this film got released right after the repetitiveness editorial, because I think those of you who think things have gotten a bit stale may find this episode refreshing. Yes, I took the position that things are not getting repetitive, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate seeing something different from the normal heroine fare. You’re not going to be blown away by the production values (although the sound effects were good) but this film definitely has a “fun factor” to it. That’s actually a topic I intended to cover in the repetitiveness editorial, but I cut it out because it was getting a little long. I feel like there’s a distinct lack of fun in many recent releases that I’ve seen. Not a lack of comedy. A lack of fun. I think there’s a difference and maybe that’s something we can editorialize in the future. I just believe you can have fun and peril in the same film. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.
I thought all the girls were beautiful and talented. Probably the most beautiful three actresses Ultraheroix has cast. I liked the story. I liked the twist. I LOVED the not “Starfleet” costumes. Those of you who like bearhugs and carries will also find a lot to like here. There’s also no shortage of up-skirt shots which I know some fans enjoy.
Now, not everything is perfect. Some of the fight scenes are more than a little bit rough, a problem that Ultraheroix has acknowledged in their past films. Actually, when the girls were fighting one another it wasn’t that bad. But when the guys were fighting the girls it seemed like they were really concerned about hurting them by accident and that made those fight scenes less than prolific. This was a shame because it looked to me like the actress that plays Luna has some serious martial arts training. You could tell she knew what she was doing. I totally understand the actors reluctance to go all out, but it did hurt the choreography.
Fight scene criticism aside, I really did enjoy this. I hope it sells well and I hope there’s more just like it. Major props to the people at Ultraheroix. It takes guts to break away from your normal routine and try something new, and I think they succeeded in a big way.