Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
1982, Adventure/Sci fi, 1h 53m63 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings
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Considered by many fans to be the best of the Star Trek movies, Khan features a strong plot, increased tension, and a sharp supporting performance from Ricardo Montalban. Read critic reviews
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Admiral James T. Kirk
Khan Noonien Singh
Commander Leonard H. McCoy, M.D.
Commander Montgomery Scott
Commander Pavel Andreievich Chekov
Commander Hikaru Sulu
Commander Nyota Uhura
Dr. Carol Marcus
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Critic Reviews for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Shatner and Montalban never share the same space, but their face-offs highlight the film, as they both wring every drop of drama out of their lines.
Director Nicholas Meyer plays off the light and the dark of the story against each other with flair and command.
It's TV all the way: The actors race up and down plastic corridors in the same old story about the universe almost coming to an end.
Though Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan lacks the grandiose sweep and inflated budget of the first film, it is infinitely richer in characterizations, and its succinctly drawn storyline manages to be both riveting and warmly affecting.
Director Nicholas Meyer handles the human factor as deftly as the space hardware.October 22, 2018 | Full Review…
A brisk, handsomely designed film in which its hardware, sturdy as it is, never overwhelms its humanity.September 7, 2016 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Jun 22, 2016Arguably the high point for the original cast's film franchise. Shatner shows true vulnerability as Kirk in this film and Ricardo Montalban cements his place as one of the best portrayed villains in film as Khan. The result of the film is not seen coming and you wonder how the crew will bounce back in the inevitable next film.Patrick W Super Reviewer
Feb 09, 2016Sequels are supposed to take what was great about the first outing and expand on it while also improving upon the mishaps as well. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is better than the first film in almost every aspect. I took issue with the pacing, overuse of special effects, length, and the lack of a present villain in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This film wipes away silly and unnecessary special effects and gives us an intriguing story with characters who we understand and care about. It's also a solid 30 minutes shorter without cutting out anything that would hurt the story. I was thoroughly impressed by this sequel even 30 years after its release. We open the film as the enterprise seemingly has a new captain in Kirstie Alley's Saavik, only to find out its a training exercise put together by Spock and Admiral Kirk. I was worried they may rehash the same story line as the first film as Kirk seemed to hint that he may be done with the Enterprise, only to run into an old foe in Khan. Even though I have seen bits and pieces of the original series and had been somewhat familiar with Khan as a villain, I didn't know to the extent to which him and Kirk were linked. I was glad to see viewing of his appearance in the TV series wasn't entirely necessary as they explained enough in the 103 minute run-time. Khan has become somewhat of a pop culture icon over the years, so I had my fair share of expectations going in. Ricardo Montalban's performance and the writing didn't let me down. So much so that you understand where Khan is coming from when he wants Project Genesis from the crew and wants revenge for what Kirk did. In many ways, he was Kirk's arch nemesis and proved to come through with a lot of what he swore to do to Kirk. My only gripe with him as a villain was that I feel like we were missing an in person interaction with Kirk himself. Speaking through a video screen inside the Enterprise isn't enough, you need that human interaction. With that said, The Wrath of Khan has the emotional layers and character depths that the first film was lacking. All of the original dynamics of the ship are there, plus some new and enjoyable ones as well. Plus, it doesn't take 45 minutes for things to get going, the pacing is much improved. James Horner's haunting score also sets the tone immediately from the opening scene, all the way through the bittersweet ending. Overall, everything feels bigger and better with The Wrath of Khan. Having seen the new Trek films, I think this can rank up there with them as some of the best outings the Enterprise crew has ever had. +Fantastic score +Emotionally layered +Special effects & pacing much improved +Very good villain -Although Khan was missing the human interaction with Kirk 8.6/10Thomas D Super Reviewer
Jun 08, 2013And this is coming from an adamant "definitely not a fan" of the original series.Kevin C Super Reviewer
May 17, 2013This is the second movie in all of the "Star Trek" movies, and it's considered the best(I've only seen this and the first one). This is miles better than the first movie, and really showcases a great story, with great characters. A guy I work with recommended I watch an old episode called "Space Seed" first. It's not mandatory, but it's a great thing to do, because it gives a great set up, and you get to see why Khan and Kirk hate each other. The effects are very dated, and the acting is just awesome. Awesome, because it's all overacted, which for a movie like this works well. When Kirk yells Khan, it's just awesome. I like the Abrams movies better, but this makes me want to continue with the old movies to see where it all goes. Good movie that's still good 30 years later.Everett J Super Reviewer
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Quotes
|Khan:||There she is....there she is...not so wounded as we were lead to believe.|
|Khan:||Ah, Kirk, my old friend. Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold in space.|
|Mr. Spock:||I have been, and always shall be, your friend.|
|Mr. Spock:||The needs of the many outweight--|
|James T. Kirk:||The needs of the few...|
|Mr. Spock:||Or the one.|