Monday, 9 March 2015

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Review










Star Trek III: The Search for Spock


Release Date: 6th December 1984 - Australia 


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG 

Runtime: 101 minutes


Budget: $12,000,000

Box Office Gross: $87,000,000 
(Worldwide)



Plot Summary
In the wake of Spock's 
ultimate act of sacrifice, 
the crew of the U.S.S. 
Enterprise returns to 
Earth from the newly 
formed Genesis planet.
Upon arrival, the crew 
learns that life back home 
will not be easier: Scotty 
gets reassigned, Dr. "Bones" 
McCoy appears to be 
going insane, and the 
Enterprise is about to be 
decommissioned. 

It is only when Kirk is 
confronted by Spock's 
father that he learns his 
old friend may have another 
chance at life if the crew 
can survive the Klingon 
interference and return to 
the Genesis planet.


Cast
William Shatner - Admiral 
James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy - Commander 
Spock 
DeForest Kelley - Dr, Leonard
"Bones" McCoy
James Doohan - Scotty
Walter Koenig - Chekov
George Takei - Sulu
Nichelle Nichols - Uhura 
Christopher Lloyd - Commander Kruge
Robin Curtis - Saavik
Merritt Butrick - David Marcus
Carl Steven - Spock - Age 9
Vadia Potenza - Spock - Age 13
Stephen Manley - Spock - Age 
17
Joe W. Davis - Spock - Age 25
Mark Lenard - Sarek
Robert Hooks - Admiral Morrow

Crew
Director - Leonard Nimoy
Based on Series "Star Trek"/
Executive Consultant - 
Gene Roddenberry 
Writer/Producer - Harve 
Bennett
Art Director - John E. Chilberg II
Costume Designer - Robert 
Fletcher 
Cinematography - Charles 
Correll
Visual Effects Supervisor - Ken 
Ralston
Film Editor - Robert F. Churgue 
Composer: Theme "Star Trek" - 
Alexander Courage
Music - James Horner


Review
After 2013, I have finally decided to do a review on a STAR TREK film, I quite find that the first two instalments weren't so bad after all in spite of being originally spun out of a program that created a cult following among the Trekkie fan bases everywhere. Since the now untimely passing of Spock's actor Leonard Nimoy, I have decided to post the review of THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (TSFS) to pay his respects. To resonate the fans of the Enterprise crew, TSFS continues the adventure only to go downwards of what many considered it to be the middle child of the original film series and it's almost near being the weakest instalment. There is no overbalance of the plot and action in a subpar Trek film, it feels there is nothing left to compensate the drama and the audacity which is all but spent on THE WRATH OF KHAN (click here). This was Leonard Nimoy's directorial debut and even he knew that this film lacked a spark that fans were disappointed with. He still could have done better in crafting a scene that had the same intensity and climax of the death scene in the second movie.

Christopher Lloyd who while in his big break at Hollywood is solid enough to showcase his performance as a Klingon commander who I consider is a very brooding antagonist. This consequently lead to Lloyd in the next year to eventually play a role of a scientist who would create a DeLorean time machine and be used by a teen slacker to travel back into the 1950s.

Could it be that THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK is a decent episode which due to lack of direction did not match the excitement and tears shown in THE WRATH OF KHAN? It's predecessor had started the story-arc of the Genesis, it'll have to wait until the fourth sequel is introduced to the Trekkers which would be released in the next two years in the final frontier. Stay tuned for the next Trek movie review until Scotty beams ourselves up!

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie


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