Monday, 29 September 2014

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Review

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Release Date: 13th August 1982 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 108 minutes

Budget: $11,200,000

Box Office Gross: $97,000,000

Plot Summary
Feeling that the future 
holds nothing close to 
what the past once did, 
Admiral James T. Kirk 
begins to believe that 
galloping around the 
cosmos is the game 
for the young. Yet on 
a routine inspection 
of the U.S.S. Enterprise, 
Kirk's Starfleet career 
enters a new chapter 
as a result of his most 
vengeful nemesis: 
Khan Noonian Singh, 
the genetically enhanced 
conqueror from late 
20th-century Earth. 
Escaping his forgotten 
prison, Khan sets 
his sights on both 
capturing Project 
Genesis - a device of 
god-like power and 
the utter destruction of 

William Shatner - Admiral 
James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy - Commander 
DeForest Kelley - Dr, Leonard
"Bones" McCoy
James Doohan - Scotty
Walter Koenig - Chekov
George Takei - Sulu
Nichelle Nichols - Uhura 
Ricardo Montalban - Khan 
Noonien Singh
Kirstie Alley - Lt. Saavik
Bib Besch - Dr. Carol Marcus
Merritt Butrick - David Marcus

Screenplay (Uncredited)/
Director - Nicholas Meyer
Based on Series "Star Trek"/
Executive Consultant - 
Gene Roddenberry 
Story/Executive Producer -
Harve Bennett
Story/Screenplay - Jack B. Sowards
Story - Samuel A. Peeples 
Producer - Robert Sallin
Production Designer - Joseph R. Jennings
Costume Designer - Robert Fletcher
Cinematography - Gayne Rescher
Special Visual Effects Supervisors: ILM -
Ken Ralston and Jim Veilieux
Film Editor - William Paul Dornisch
Composer: Theme "Star Trek" - Alexander Courage
Music - James Horner

After watching and reviewing STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (click here), I've got myself an idea that I would review one of the old and best Trek films THE WRATH OF KHAN. In its prominent history of 1982, the sequel only restored the franchise's nobility to its fans after its predecessor failed to live to their high expectations. The Trekkies are relished back with the turbulent action and a change of pace, something that the first movie did not have. The film is polished with the story arc that ends with the fourth instalment and the writing team are still creating new stuff in the eye to originate. These elements were not shown in the original program and not belonging in the creator's vision. One of these ideas would soon be later used in a similar way on the animated non-Trek movie TITAN A.E. (click here). 

Several moments of the original second instalment contained a lot of memorability and one that pivotal is arguably cheesy and emotional. These few iconic scenes include Kirk shouting Khan's name for the unexpected and Spock's notorious death scene. Most of the old Enterprise crew of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and others are present on the main cast of this astounding sequel. I find Richard Montablan to be performing great as the original Khan, even though he wasn't as compelling and neither fluent in a Brit accent. I still prefer the new one as being more brutal and vengeful and played terrifically by Benedict Cumberbatch.  

I guess I thought about INTO DARKNESS that it was just a near repeat of KHAN, let alone director J.J. Abrams to rehash few of these ideas into the plot-line. But in the old movie, it's very enjoyable to non-Trekkies alike who are quick of not having seen it. So I advise you to watch it in your time.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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