Monday, 1 December 2014

Star Trek: The Motion Picture Review (Updated)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Release Date: 21st December 1979 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Century Associates
Robert Wise Productions

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 132 minutes
                 136 minutes
                 (director's cut)

Budget: $46,000,000

Box Office Gross: $139,000,000

Plot Summary
An alien phenomenon of
unprecedented size and
power is approaching
Earth, destroying everything
in its path. The only starship
in range is the U.S.S.
Enterprise--still in drydock
after a major overhaul. As
Captain Decker readies his
ship and his crew to face
this menace, the legendary
Admiral James T. Kirk
arrives with orders to take
command of the Enterprise
and intercept the intruder.

But it has been three years
since Kirk last commanded
the Enterprise on its historic
five year he up
to the task of saving the

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
Persis Khambatta - Ilia
Stephen Collins - Willard

Director - Robert Wise
Based on Series "Star Trek"/Producer -
Gene Roddenberry
Story - Alan Dean Foster
Screenplay - Harold Livingston
Producer (2001 director's edition) - David C. Fein
Special Science Consultant - Isaac Asimov
Production Designer - Harold Michelson
Costume Designer - Robert Fletcher
Director of Photography - Richard H. Kline
Special Photographic Effects Director -
Douglas Trumbull
Special Photographic Effects Supervisor -
John Dykstra
Special Photographic Effects: Director of
Photography/Producer - Richard Yuririch
Film Editor - Todd C. Ramsay
Composer: Theme "Star Trek" -
Alexander Courage
Music - Jerry Goldsmith


1980 Academy Awards
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration - Harold Michelson,
Joseph R. Jennings, Leon Harris and Linda DeScenna (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects - Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra,
Richard Yuririch, Robert Swarthe, David K. Stewart and
Grant McCune (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Score - Jerry Goldsmith (Nominated)

When I first saw the first and original movie of STAR TREK on TV, as I recall it felt very slow-paced and boring. Years later, as I'm after having watched nearly all the later TREK originals and the J.J. Abrams reboots. I said it before and I will say it again, I am not a die-hard Trekkie. At first, in revisiting the old and first STAR TREK only in the director's cut edition, it doesn't contain the action scenes that many fans were promised before its release. The plot-line is very similar and identical to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (click here) which I can now see the differences in both movies of the science-fiction category. It didn't surprise me that some of the effects team responsible for the vfx on Kubrick's masterpiece were needed once again for STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE. 

Although the director Robert Wise is an interesting candidate to helm the TREK saga for the first instalment, the quality of the movie is lessened as a result of the main cast wearing bad outfits and slow moving pace. The film's musical score by Jerry Goldsmith complimented the moments of percussion in the film and I find it to be a better TREK film score than the others.

The Trekkies have been moping about the results of this product since its release in 1979, it only has the exploration and mystery in a greater sense. It may not be the TREK we knew in many years, but it's a lengthened cinematic experience for non-Trek fans.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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