Moon 44 (1990)

Moon 44 (1990) 98min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 6 July 1990 (UK) Summary: An unconventional corporate agent is given the task of shaping a group of violent criminals and technical wizards into a helicopter defense force assigned to protect a mining station on a remote moon.
Countries: West GermanyLanguages: English

Moon 44 (1990).

Premise: mining mega corporations are duking it out over the mineral content of various moons around the galaxy. Moon 47 has just fallen to drone pirates (okay, maybe there was more to it than that but if there was I didn’t catch it, sorry) and Moon 44 is losing shuttles at a higher frequency than statistics would predict. So our hero of dubious quality – some kind of tough guy called Stone – is sent undercover.

Now Moon 44 has an experiment defence structure that has such a high mortality rate that it is crewed by prisoners. Turns out it has such a high mortality rate because it is some attack helicopters flying around canyons with zero visibility and no direct telemetry in the cockpit. But how do they navigate, I hear you all asking? Because in the base there are a team of crack navigators, all eager young male adults, who expertly look at the telemetry displays that ought to be in the fucking helicopters and shout useful things like “Go up a bit!” and “Slow down some!”. What the actual fuck.

Stone gets stuck in by pretending to be a prisoner except 2 out of 3 of the supervisory staff at the base (both the eventual traitors) already know he is an undercover cop so I’m really not sure what the point of that was. There is a dramatic subplot that involves one of the pilots raping his (male) navigator in the showers and then being surprised that his navigator flies him straight into a canyon wall the following day. That’s pretty stupid. Oh and then there’s a complex continuation of that plot that involves acts of revenge on both sides (pilots vs navigators) until the navigators remind all the pilots that they too can just fly them into a wall or spike their food with surprisingly readily available drugs whenever they feel like it.

Oh and then Stone works out who the bad guys are, helps defeat the drone pirates and saves the day.

There is literally one female character on the base and she does nothing and is involved in nothing to the point that I do not actually know why her character was female. New tag time: token female.

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