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Star Trek III - The Search for Spock Reviews

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January 22, 2017
Though not as good as the previous film, this is still a solid effort in the series and a great continuation of the plot from the prior film. It also has a solid cast in addition to the recurring cast, the score is brilliant, I like the visuals, the plot despite being a bit plodding deals with deep themes in a commendable way and it has assured direction from Leonard Nimoy.
½ December 28, 2016
I actually like this one more than others do. It has very few flaws and is a pretty good installment.
December 17, 2016
Christopher Lloyd elevates Trek III with a surprisingly good and beyond evil performance. Kirk risks everything on the hope that Spock can be saved. And loses it all. Very underrated movie. Shatner's best performance. Ever.
½ November 19, 2016
While it fails to reach the heights of Wrath of Khan, this is a fantastically done movie. The crew sacrifices career and even family to bring back Spock. And any time Klingons are along for the ride, I'm a happy camper. The final scene still brings a smile to my face decades after first seeing it.
½ November 12, 2016
Not as good as The Wrath of Khan, but better than The Motion Picture. This one is still worth watching, even if you're not a Star Trek fan.
October 11, 2016
Great continuation of the Star Trek movie series.
½ September 16, 2016
Me gusta mas que las dos primeras, porque esta vez si siento una aventura, más interesante, se enfocan en los personajes que quiero ver, y está mejor dirigida, las tomas son más cuidadosas y elegantes, pero aún así hay partes que no causan emoción.
September 5, 2016
Much, much better than it is given credit for. Easily as good as Wrath of Khan, just very different. Really well paced, engaging story and some of the best scenes the original crew get, especially Uhura.
September 4, 2016
Saw this with the kids. Better than the first two. Kids enjoyed it, but had to explain a lot.
½ August 30, 2016
this'll hold you over until "the one with the whales." stay for Christopher Lloyd, and that's about it. It could have been the most tragic chapter however it could not hold a candle to the conclusion of ST II so it comes off as forced and boring.
August 19, 2016
This is an extremely solid film. And a lot of cool fun with Enterprise destroyed for first time, Kirk's son, Spock coming back and so on. Deserves better ratings than it got!
½ August 19, 2016
Aside from the small plot, the third Star Trek film has a strong cast and plenty of action to carry its weight to lead to another enjoyable installment. Clearly no one wanted to say goodbye to Spock, and the film handles his revival pretty well. A few flaws, but satisfying nonetheless.
August 18, 2016
Intrigue de base et personnages aux motivations obscures. Christopher Lloyd est compltement sous-utilis dans son rle de mchant gnrique.
½ August 14, 2016
Just waiting for one "Great Scott!" from Christopher Klingon.
August 14, 2016
Pretty good movie. After the 2nd movie, it was pretty obvious Spock wasn't going to stay dead for very long. Has a little bit of everything in it, and I think that's why lots of people will enjoy this one.
August 5, 2016
Ageing remains the predominant them as Search for Spock picks up right where Wrath of Khan left off ...perhaps a bit too soon after. Having Spock's re-emergence so soon weakens the effect of his incredible sacrifice and loss and one wonders what was the hurry? Still, if planet Genisis is to be taken as a metaphor, perhaps its message is that one cannot rush growing up as it's through the process of ageing that we gather the experience to learn how to deal with situations both physically and emotionally. Also still relevant is the question of mankind playing god. Are we ready to attempt recreating what's taken nature millions of years to evolve, and if not, will we ever be? It's a constant battle between man and nature with the former being caught in the latter's turbulence as the planet falls apart. It seems the harder we try to harness nature, the more this proves to be an impossible task. The in-camera effects of the planet breaking up around them are exciting and quite well done, as is the hand-to-hand scuffle between Kirk and Kruge (played by Christopher Lloyd) over molten lava (...Obi-Wan and Anakin, you were beaten to it!).
July 27, 2016
Better than the first and on a par with the second. Some really dated and corny stage effects ( watch out for Lloyd's Klingon villain falling off a rising rock on Genesis as he fights Kirk), but also some nice visuals for its time, specifically the docking station scenes and the new Starfleet ship.

Acting is average and i still cannot quite get over just how quickly Kirk gets over the execution of his son.

The plot is so busy dealing with the bromance between Spock and Kirk, it fails to deal with this personal tragedy adequately and makes the whole thing seem unnecessary.
July 23, 2016
Like its predecessor, Star Trek III is essentially just an overextended episode of a television series. Often placed in the "odd-numbered" Star Trek bunch, some people consider this film to be absolutely horrible. Bad enough that the Nostalgia Critic did a review on it. I find these criticisms to be misplaced. The Search for Spock is, at least out of the original three, the most enjoyable. Finally, some good humor that made me laugh out loud.

Since The Wrath of Khan was an advertisement for the sequel, Star Trek III has the Star Trek crew, save for Uhara and of course Spock, searching for Spock. If you haven't seen The Wrath of Khan, let me fill you in. In Khan, Spock mind-melded with McCoy just before he died of radiation poisoning.

Kirk: You're suffering from a Vulcan mind meld, doctor.
McCoy: That green-blooded son of a bitch. It's his revenge for all the arguments he lost.
A project titled "Genesis," which can transform moons to planets, or life from lifelessness, has resurrected Spock. The Enterprise is "stolen" by Kirk and company before it was going to be decommissioned, and their mission is to bring Spock and McCoy to Vulcan so McCoy can transfer Spock's thoughts back to Spock.

The plot is, admittedly, a bit convoluted. Although it is easy to get back on track with the plot once it takes a turn, these shifts occur to often.

Leonard Nimoy's direction is quite impressive for a debut, and he proved with the film that he had a knack for directing. It is a bit of a shame he didn't direct any Trek films past Star Trek IV.

The acting merit is the same as it was in The Wrath of Khan, though the actors didn't have any scenes to demonstrate their talents. Except for Kirk, who provided an excellent reaction to his son's death.

The main adversary of the film is a slimy Klingon named Kruge, played by none other than Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd. It is a little awkward when you think about it that way, since his voice is so "good guy." I would have preferred if he would have spoken the Klingon language throughout the entire film.

The Search for Spock is an underrated film that is unfairly considered terrible. A nice middle act.
July 22, 2016
After all their high-flying adventures the crew of the Enterprise come down to Earth with a rather pedestrian third cinematic voyage. The premise is interesting; having been tamed in the last two stories the crew returns to its rebellious streak for a personal mission. The film certainly has it's moments, especially a fun series of events at the end of the first act and perhaps more than any other appearance of the original crew this best carries their feeling of family. Sadly some members do not receive their due honour; the sister, Uhura, is sidelined to little more than a cameo (the only other female character has her actor replaced with a less able one) and Kirk's son, a potentially interesting character, ends his two movie run having barely registered as a characters. However, it is the mother figure, the Enterprise, that arguably gets the worst of it. The Genesis device is rolled out as a MacGuffin for the second film running, but the details are highly illogical and perhaps the biggest problem, the antagonist is perhaps the least interesting Trek movie villain and least intimidating Klingon ever seen (surely a miscast role). As a result things become ponderous in the second half with a climatic fight scene that is dull and unintentionally amusing.
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