Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1989. Paramount Pictures. Story by William Shatner, Harve Bennett, David Loughery, Screenplay by David Loughery, based on characters created by Gene Roddenberry. Cinematography by Andrew Laszlo. Produced by Harve Bennett. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by Herman F. Zimmerman. Costume Design by Nilo Rodis-Jamero. Film Editing by Peter E. Berger.
The first Star Trek movie in 1979 might have been a complete bore, but at least it wasn’t as ridiculously stupid as this lame adventure made a decade later. Directed by William Shatner from a screenplay whose story he co-wrote, it stars a seriously aging Enterprise crew as they travel across the galaxy to save three hostages being held by a bogus spiritual leader (Laurence Luckinbill). Luckinbill turns out to be none other than Spock’s half-brother, who tries his best to use this familial connection to twist Shatner’s crew into doing his will, even going so far as to take the Enterprise hostage in order to do so. Then, it turns out that the place he is hijacking the spaceship to go to is the realm beyond human existence, or heaven as it is generally known. It could have been a cool idea for an adventure, especially with the added wrinkle of a Klingon invasion in the middle of the hostile takeover, but the finale boils down to a pale retread The Wizard of Oz. The dialogue is stinky, and a scene where Uhura distracts a bunch of post-apocalyptic burnouts by doing a half-nude fan dance is downright embarrassing.