Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) – 8/10 science-fiction action adventure movie review

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Cast / crew
For: Gene Roddenberry
Director and Screenplay Writer: Nicholas Meyer
Kirk: William Shatner
Spock: Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley: McCoy
James Doohan: Scotty
Walter Koenig: Chekov
Nichelle Nichols: Uhuru
George Takei: Sulu
Mark Lenard: Sarek
David Warner: Chancellor Gorkon
Kim Cattrall: Lt. Valeris
Rosana DeSoto: Azetbur
Christopher Plummer: Chang
Dedicated To and Original Series Creator STAR TREK: Gene Roddenberry
Story Writer: Lawrence Konner
Story Writer: Mark Rosenthal
Actor, Executive Producer and Story Writer: Leonard Nimoy
Screenplay Writer: Denny Martin Flinn
Producer: Ralph Winter
Producer: Steven-Charles Jaffe

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

When a disaster on Praxis, an important energy-producing moon, faces the Klingon race with the choice of military expenditure or survival as a species, they call to the Federation to arrange a peace. Three months from retirement, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are sent as a figurative olive branch to escort the Klingon Ambassador to Earth. After a less-than-successful diplomatic meal aboard the Enterprise, Kirk is rudely awoken by the sound of Enterprise firing on the Ambassador’s ship and his subsequent assassination. In the absence of the actual killers, Kirk and McCoy are arrested and put on trial.

8/10

"Nice to see you in action, one more time, Captain Kirk." – Captain Sulu

In what must be a unique cinematic event, the original Star Trek cast literally sign off from their motion picture series and must have been deservedly proud that it was done with this spectacular and interesting, generally well paced and smart movie. Boasting social commentary, courtroom drama, murder mystery intrigue, one of the greatest beards in movie history (Kurtwood Smith), a prison escape, a dude who doesn’t have knees where his knees are and a classic space battle resolved with intellect (and a lot of photon torpedoes, admittedly), The Undiscovered Country is a terrific movie with a lot to like. Not included in that list would be Kim Cattrall who threatens to undermine everything with her lack of acting ability. Generally, though, the movie is handled surely by Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer and is headlined by wonderful work from William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. It certainly was nice to see them in action one more time.

This movie contains graphic violence, gory scenes, unpleasant scenes

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Star Trek: Generations (1994) – 7/10 science fiction action adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Patrick Stewart: Picard
Jonathan Frakes: Riker
Brent Spiner: Data
LeVar Burton: Geordi
Michael Dorn: Worf
Gates McFadden: Beverly
Marina Sirtis: Troi
Malcolm McDowell: Soran
James Doohan: Scotty
Walter Koenig: Chekov
William Shatner: Captain James T. Kirk
Writer (Original Series’ Creator) Star Trek: Gene Roddenberry
Writer (Story): Rick Berman
Writer (Story): Ronald D. Moore
Writer (Story): Brannon Braga
Writer (Screenplay): Ronald D. Moore
Writer (Screenplay): Brannon Braga
Producer: Rick Berman
Director: David Carson

Star Trek: Generations (1994)

Eighty years after surviving an energy ribbon that claimed the life of Captain Kirk aboard the USS Enterprise B, Soran gets involved with the current Enterprise and her crew when the observatory he is working on is attacked by Romulans.

7/10

The Next Generation‘s first big-screen outing is good but a little unsatisfactory; especially on repeat viewings. First time around, though, this is a spectacular, science-fiction with at least one edge-of-the-seat scene with the aftermath of a Klingon battle. The film’s main problem is that it grinds to a crushing halt twice. First, unnecessarily, when we are introduced to the Next Generation crew aboard the holodeck with a charmless and baffling walk-the-plank / promotion scene and, secondly, inescapably, when Picard arrives in the Nexus at his bizarrely dressed family. The other grumble is Data’s emotion chip storyline which was certainly a worthwhile idea but all of the scenes where it is played for a laugh or as punctuation fall horribly flat. However, Generations looks fantastic, Shatner and Stewart are great and the story is ambitious, spectacular and thought-provoking (if you want it to be; what would you do to reach utopia?).

This movie contains mild swear words and violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.