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Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country (1991)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 8

The Undiscovered Country is a strong cinematic send-off for the original Trek crew, featuring some remarkable visuals and an intriguing, character-driven mystery plot.

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

The Undiscovered Country is a strong cinematic send-off for the original Trek crew, featuring some remarkable visuals and an intriguing, character-driven mystery plot.

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The plot involves a peace conference between the Federation of Planets and the troublesome Klingons. The Klingons are hoping to perform a little damage control after triggering a mining disaster on one of their moons; their spokesman is the seemingly contrite General Chang (Christopher Plummer). All negotiations abruptly cease when a Klingon vessel is attacked, and Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) are accused of the crime. As they stand trial for murder, Mr. Spock

Jan 26, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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Weighed down by a midsection even flabbier than the long-in-the-tooth cast, director Nicholas Meyer still delivers enough of what Trek auds hunger for to justify the trek to the local multiplex.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Though patchy, this is a lot more fun than the disastrous Star Trek V.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The principals' enthusiasm for their material has never seemed to fade. If anything, that enthusiasm grows more appealingly nutty with time.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Director/coscripter Nicholas Meyer moves this vehicle efficiently. He employs some tremendous visuals.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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If, indeed, Star Trek VI turns out to be the last of the series, it couldn't have made a more felicitous or more satisfying exit.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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For a movie that begins with such promise, The Undiscovered Country ends with a whimper.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (2)
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Not very great Star Trek, but it's such an impeccably made popcorn movie that it's just not worth it to pretend that it matters.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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Nice to see you in action for one last time, Captain Kirk.

July 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Comments (2)
Three Movie Buffs

entertains and has a number of interesting comments on contemporary human affairs

February 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Cold War-influenced exit of classic space crew.

December 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...mostly combines the interminable interstellar politics of the later Star Wars films with the slowest game of Clue you've ever played.

April 8, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Comments (4)
LarsenOnFilm

one of the best of the series

July 5, 2008 Full Review Source: sbs.is

Why is this such a good Star Trek movie? Well, Spock makes a mean captain, standing in for the imprisoned Kirk.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

SPOCK: 'Logic dictates we include all the ingredients which have proved popular in our earlier films. Data indicates that one crucial element is what humans call 'tongue-in-cheek' humor; in-jokes about previous episodes, self-mocking references, etc.'

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Meyer's direction and dialogue are among the most fluid and exciting of the whole series, and he manages a lovely 'final' feel, saying goodbye to the old crew and embracing the future at the same time.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The bang/buck ratio is high and it's packed with pithy dialogue and little emotional kicks that make it a worthy, dignified sendoff for the crew we've followed for so many (dear God, so many) years.

April 8, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

The original crew at its finest, and the Trek lore at its most thrilling.

October 25, 2004 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

As with many of the Trek movies, the acting is exaggerated and the plot has holes. But flaws and all, it's fun to watch this crew complete its final big-screen mission.

April 9, 2004

A rousing sendoff for Kirk, Spock, and Bones, and a fitting transition from the original series' Cold-War milieu to the Next-Generation age of engagement.

February 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

A heavy-handed yet curiously weightless swan song

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Shows just how difficult it is to practice peace

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

There is some blood and violence in the film, but it is generally a lot of fun, a fine holiday movie.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

One of the best of the Trek films with Plummer really hamming it up as a Shakespeare-quoting Klingon.

January 30, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country

After the somewhat lacking The Final Frontier, The Undiscovered Country manages to retain a new found vigor in storytelling in the franchise. I found this film to be the best since the Wrath of Kahn and it was a well crafted Science Fiction film that had a vibe that this one had something to prove. Although I didn't mind the previous film in the franchise, I felt that there was something missing. With this entry, the filmmakers manage to deliver a picture that adds what was missing, and it's an exciting, thrilling feature that has a good story, effective performances and memorable thrills. The Undiscovered Country is a much more refined sequel, one that is a return to form of the first few films, and in doing so, the filmmakers also add much needed depth to the story, which makes for a truly interesting film. This is a highly engaging film, one that is sure to delight fans of the franchise as well as genre fans. Considering that this is a sixth entry, the film manages to work well to entertain viewers and offer everything you'd expect from a Star Trek film. I think that this is one of the strongest efforts in the franchise, and not since the second film, has a film in this series been this good. The film may not be perfect, but it's nonetheless worthwhile entertainment for viewers that want an effective and memorable Science Fiction film to watch. There are plenty of good moments to be had here, and The Undiscovered Country is a strong entry in the franchise, and like I've said, one of the best since The Wrath of Kahn. With great effects, good performances, a well developed script, this film is a highly entertaining film going experience, one that is sure to entertain you from start to finish.
May 6, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Captain Kirk and Bones are arrested for the assassination of the Klingon Chancellor during a diplomatic mission and so Spock and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise set about proving their innocence and preventing the outbreak of war. Very much preparing the ground for the crew of The Next Generation, the sixth instalment of the Trek franchise is a far more po-faced affair than the high camp previous offerings. The knockabout charm and self-deprecating humour that was the hallmark of the series is glaring in its absence, leaving us with a rather workmanlike and sterile cold war style sci fi thriller. The plot is simplistic and cliched, the effects are variable at best and the amusing banter between the crew mates is replaced by tedious soul searching. There's even little in the way of action, the only notable sequence only arriving after an hour and a half of drearily directed, pompous waffle littered with literary references pilfered from Shakespeare and Conan Doyle. The Undiscovered Country makes the critical error of taking Trek seriously and as a result it is, in my opinion at least, the dullest and most forgettable entry in the franchise.
March 2, 2014
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Coming fresh off it's predecessor, it this film did not have to try at all in order to impress, and whether it gave it it's all or not, it is a far superior film in every way, and being in the early 90's, the visuals have clearly begun to become something fantastic! I am certain that the films can be great, knowing that they can dig themselves out of a hole that big, which was left by "The Final Frontier." The art direction is much better, the direction is top notch, the chemistry between the actors has become something very peaceful to watch. I wish this film was a little more exciting, but it was a very impressive return to form for the series!
March 31, 2013
KJ Proulx

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So here we are with the sixth and final adventure with the legendary old classic crew and by far the best film of the six in personal opinion. Yes I will say it now, this film is my personal favourite out of all the Trek films including the next gen crew and the recent prequel.

Its strange really, up to this point the previous films have been average in visuals and in some cases bland in plot, but this last entry really comes back with a bang. It does feel as if everyone really came together and pushed for the best send off possible for both the fans and the original cast...and boy did they get it right.

First up, visuals, what on Titan happened here? all of a sudden this franchise looks delicious. The sets look polished and real with actual depth, costumes maintain the naval militaristic feel as ever but look devilishly sharp, models glide through space with ease and rival some Star Wars work and all technical electrical effects actually appear as if they could be real, hardly any dodgy bluescreen anywhere folks!.

The whole film is packed with colour and flare making it an absolute joy to watch, the colour schemes are perfect (I loved the purple coloured shock wave that engulfed the 'Excelsior') with everything looking neat and pinpoint. It really is a complete departure from all the previous films and such a victory for all involved.

The plot is outrageously simple I must admit, again with the Klingon's. The Klingon's want peace with 'the Federation' (well with everyone really) after a disaster threatens their homeworld, pfft now they want peace when they need major help eh. Certain factions don't want this, there is an assassination, 'Kirk' is blamed, imprisoned and everyone is at each others throats once again.

I think it was a wise move to use the Klingon's as the enemy in this final film. The Klingon's are the classic enemy and what better way to go down in a blaze of glory than kicking some Klingon ass (I think the Russian cold war theories/allegories can be laid to rest now). Of course by the end everyone is supposedly friends and at peace (or on the way to that) which is a bit wussy but I can see what they were aiming for hehe.

Talking of Klingon's, who would of thought Chris Plummer would make a brilliant Klingon huh? Some righteous casting there my friends, a sterling choice. Plummer is a Klingon badass in this despite the fact he actually does nothing other than spout Shakespeare...in Klingon. The mark of a great actor there, he merely struts around and throws out the bards work in his pitch perfect speaking voice yet at the same time he looks imposing, threatening and powerful, absolute badass! I loved the little touch with his eyepatch being bolted onto his face, literately bolted into his klingon skull.

There really wasn't a foot put wrong here in my opinion, lets not forget about Warner as the Klingon chancellor 'Gorkon'. The man wasn't involved for very long but again he made his presence felt with a great klingon character performance. Just like 'Chang' he looked every bit the complete warrior with his tusk cane and weathered facial hair, he also looked pretty tough and imposing too. Clearly both characters are remembered due to the actors that made them, they both really gave the film a classic 'proper' feel.

This final outing really had it all, great space battles, quirky jokes and even a good old fashioned alien filled prison on a snow planet, every sci-fi needs a good 'Mos Eisley cantina' type moment. I loved that whole idea and seeing all the odd aliens (who wouldn't), just a shame it didn't quite look as good as it should of but there are some glorious location shots later on which really sell it.

Very much in tone with the first new prequel if you ask me, in fact the prequel borrowed the snow planet idea briefly methinks. An extremely fun film to watch which has all the hallmarks of an epic space opera, the typical good humour we all know and love plus bright vivid visuals that really heighten your enjoyment and add an almost comicbook adaptation feel to the proceedings.

A stirring send off with all the team inscribing their signatures across the screen against a space background whilst the classic Star Trek theme plays in the background. It was a beautiful way to go and almost brings a tear to your eye, and I'm not a Trekkie.

The final film, the best film and the perfect finale.
July 5, 2012
phubbs1

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    1. General Chang: To be... or not to be?
    – Submitted by Adam O (9 months ago)
    1. Chancellor Gorkon: You don't trust me, do you? I don't blame you. If there is to be a brave new world, our generation is going to have the hardest time living in it.
    – Submitted by Adam O (9 months ago)
    1. Mr. Spock: If I were human I believe my response would be "go to hell." If I were human.
    – Submitted by Adam O (9 months ago)
    1. Hikaru Sulu: Target that explosion and fire!
    – Submitted by Rick S (16 months ago)
    1. Mr. Spock: Mr. Scott, I understand you are experiencing difficulties with the warp drive?
    2. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: There's nothing wrong with the bloody...
    3. Mr. Spock: Mr. Scott, if we return to Spacedock, then not only will we lost the chance to discover who is behind all this, then it is also likely that we will never see Captain Kirk or Doctor McCoy alive again.
    4. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: Could take weeks, sir.
    – Submitted by Fred O (20 months ago)
    1. General Chang: We need breathing room.
    2. James T. Kirk: Earth, Hitler, 1938.
    – Submitted by Fred O (20 months ago)
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