Monday, 16 March 2015

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Review











Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home


Release Date: 18th December 1986 - Australia


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 118 minutes


Budget: $21,000,000

Box Office Gross: $133,000,000
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Branded as fugitives by the 
very Foundation they swore 
to protect, the crew of the 
U.S.S. Enterprise dutifully 
returns to Earth to face 
charges for crimes committed 
in the course of rescuing 
a resurrected Spock.

But en route, it is learned 
that the Earth is being 
ravaged by a strange alien 
probe demanding a response 
from a life form that no longer 
exists.

Commandeering a captured 
Klingon Bird of Prey, Kirk 
and his crew bend time and 
space to save Earth and 
rediscover the meaning of 
friendship.


Cast
William Shatner - Admiral 
James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy - Commander 
Spock 
DeForest Kelley - Dr, Leonard
"Bones" McCoy
Catherine Hicks - Gillian
James Doohan - Scotty
Walter Koenig - Chekov
George Takei - Sulu
Nichelle Nichols - Uhura 
Robin Curtis - Saavik
Mark Lernard - Sarek
Jane Wyatt - Amanda Grayson
Brock Peters - Admiral Cartwright

Crew
Story/Director - Leonard Nimoy
Based on Series "Star Trek"/
Executive Consultant - 
Gene
Roddenberry 
Story/Screenplay/Producer - 
Harve Bennett
Screenplay - Steve Meerson, 
Peter Krikes and Nicholas 
Meyer
Production Designer - Jack T. Collis
Costume Designer - Robert Fletcher
Director of Photography - Don Peterman
Visual Effects Supervisor - Ken Ralston
Film Editor - Peter E. Berger 
Composer: Theme "Star Trek" - 
Alexander Courage
Music - Leonard Rosenman


Awards

1987 Academy Awards
Best Cinematography - Don Peterman (Nominated)
Best Sound - Terry Porter, David J. Hudson,
Mel Metcalfe and Gene S. Cantamessa (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Mark A. Mangini (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Score - Leonard Rosenman (Nominated)


Review
I enjoy watching film adaptations of STAR TREKI still think STAR WARS is a much better sci-fi movie trilogy with far more memorable characters and aliens equipped with better storytelling. In re-exploring the fourth chapter that I haven't seen for quite a long time, the story brings the original characters in a journey travelling back to Earth in a different time where they interact in an unfamiliar surrounding. THE VOYAGE HOME was a changing to the TREK series in that it became less serious and had more of a focus on comedy as this film communicates a storyline that begins in the future in the year 2286 and ends up in the past in the late 80s. After THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (click here) proved to be divisive for Trekkers alike in both succeeding and disappointing them, this time director/actor Leonard Nimoy has scored big time in co-designing a feature with an unusual plot and with more hilarity that creates a comical version of STAR TREK.

It's surprising that THE VOYAGE HOME didn't actually wreck the entire franchise, otherwise THE NEXT GENERATION program may have not being made. Aside from the comedy and time travel, the usual elements are all there. There is a message about saving the whales which is melded into the plot with consequences which I will not spoil this information for you. 

There hasn't been a better Trek movie I saw since J.J. Abrams' first of his reboot series (click here), that film is definitely a treasure to remembered by all Trekkers and sci-fi film goers. 

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie


3 comments:

  1. I agree, this was a great film! It might have been a little goofy, but it was so much fun. By the way, did you change your profile name or is RadDingo a writer for the website? If you posted about it already, I suppose I missed it.

    -James

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    1. Yes, I did post about it on last month and no I did not rename my profile. I just moved from someone else's account to my own as RadDingo. You'll see it if it's there on the blog archive.

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    2. Thanks for letting me know. I suppose I did not see it on the dashboard.

      -James

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