Star Trek V - The Final Frontier

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Filled with dull action sequences and an underdeveloped storyline, this fifth Trek movie is probably the worst of the series.



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Kirk (William Shatner), McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) are enjoying a vacation in Yosemite National Park when duty calls. Vulcan cult leader Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) and his followers have invaded a "planet of peace," where delegates from hostile races coexist in a sort of intergalactic United Nations. Ordered to quell the crisis, the Enterprise crew discovers that it's a ruse perpetrated by Sybok, who takes over the ship, piloting it toward the "Great Barrier," an energy field at the galaxy's rim. Sybok, who is revealed to be Spock's half-brother, possesses the ability to help people face their "inner pain." He also believes that God lies beyond the Great Barrier. Once arriving there, however, Sybok and the Enterprise crew discover only an imprisoned alien entity. Shatner wrote the story and made his directorial debut with the film, failing to ape the success that his colleague Nimoy enjoyed with his pair of Trek directing forays. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


William Shatner
as Capt. James T. Kirk
David Warner
as John Talbot
Charles Cooper
as Gen. Korrd
Cynthia Gouw
as Caithlin Dar
Todd Bryant
as Capt. Klaa
George Murdock
as `God,' Alien Being
Bill Quinn
as McCoy's Father
Melanie Shatner
as Enterprise Yeoman
Harve Bennett
as Starfleet Chief of Staff
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  • Jun 22, 2016
    Interesting blend of religion and science fiction. The crew of the Enterprise meets a Vulcan known as Sybock who claims he knows where Heaven is and plays more of the role of a religious cult leader. The performance by DeForest Kelley is one of his best and even William Shatner has a few moments where talent strongly peeks through but still doesn't save this film.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2016
    Yes, "What does god need with a Starship?" is a real line that came from this absurd mess of a film. I understand the theme of Star Trek has always been to boldly go where no man has gone before, but 'The Final Frontier' attempts to take the franchise in places it has no business going. William Shatner took the reins of directing after Leonard Nimoy helmed two enjoyable entries in the series in 'Search for Spock' and 'The Voyage Home'. While it's not entirely Shatner's fault that there were heavy production issues with a writers strike and the CGI becoming far too expensive, his direction doesn't do anything to enhance what was already on the page. Apparently according to the producers, this film nearly killed the entire franchise with poor effects, a rehashed and ridiculous plot, and a largely inconsistent tone. This time around, the crew of the enterprise were on leave and enjoying life when they are asked to investigate a hostage situation on Nimbus III. Of course, the hostages just happened to be held by Spock's half-brother, Sybok. Framing Spock as the key to getting through to his brother would have been a nice way for him to finally regain his existence and memory as the Enterprise's second in command, but it never really plays out that way. Sybok manipulates anyone in his path to discover the god in the center of the galaxy and forces the Enterprise crew to take him there. As if the film didn't already struggle to grab my attention, the scenes with 'god' are almost unbearable. The very idea that a Star Trek film would center its plot around a villain taking over the Enterprise with his goons in order to get what he wants has been done so many times before, but throw God in the mix as well? Come on. Luckily, the bond between Spock, Kirk, and Bones is still present to get you through some rough dialogue, as is Jerry Goldsmith's classic score, but 'The Final Frontier' ends up making you wish they would never make another Trek film again. Fortunately, they do get better, but I can't help but sit here in wonderment thinking about just how much the reach of this film far outweighs its grasp. Yikes. +Goldsmith's score +Bond between characters is always there -Lazy script -Absurd villain -God? 4.4/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2014
    The Final Frontier is a decent film, one that leaves a lot to be desired for Trek fans, and here I felt that the film's script was just stitched together too quickly in order to create a follow up to The Voyage Home. Now this isn't an awful film, but it could have been improved upon. I find this entry to be not that bad, but it definitely could have been reworked to make the film standout a bit more. Compared to the previous outings in the series, The Final Frontier will surely divide fans. One reason is for the fact that the story is not that interesting, and the performances are a bit flat. The story itself is sketchy and quite frankly ridiculous, and it makes you question what they were thinking when they green lit the project. There were effective ideas here, but they never really take off, and the film's potential is squandered on a poorly written script, and the end result is one of the weakest films in the franchise. Like I said, I thought it was decent, but it also lacked the sense of wonder, excitement, and adventure than the other films possessed. Fans of the series will surely be disappointed in this fifth film, and you'll want more out of the film by the time the credits roll. If the film's plot would have been improved upon, and the cast would have put a bit more effort into their performances, then The Final Frontier would have been a much better outing than what it turned out to be. I expected much more out of this film, and it's a shame that on-screen result is a decent affair that makes you expect more. The film's flaws are simply due to the fact that the filmmakers simply didn't care about how the film turned out, and they really should have put much more effort into crafting a better story.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2013
    This movie was on the cusp of something brilliant, however it only ends up stumbling over its own ambition. It raises excellent questions and sparks superb themes, but the execution of it all is a real let down. Generally considered the weakest Star Trek film in the franchise, the Final Frontier is directed by William Shatner, who's inexperience in such a large director's chair is on full display. There are some good shots and production design, but for the most part, it's mishandled. Shatner does, however, still give an excellent performance as Captain Kirk. The rest of the cast is still great as well, as is the typical Trek fun and humor that the series is known for. The film actually is, believe it or not, not that horrible or unwatchable up until the climax on Sha Ka Ree. There's some good banter between Kirk, McCoy, and Spock, an intriguing sequence on the "Mad Max"-like planet Nimbus III, and the story moves along quite well and holds your attention. Once Kirk and co. get past the Great Barrier, however, everything breaks apart. The visuals grow weak, the story that's been developing the whole movie gets a hugely disappointing resolution, Sybok goes from strong in his beliefs to "oops, I was wrong", and the action gets boring. The big reveal of the film is when Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and villain Sybok get on Sha Ka Ree and encounter who they believe to be God. Kirk gets annoying, questions God, and they find out that it's just some alien posing as God. How'd it get there? How did it communicate with Sybok to make him come here? The movie never explains, and just goes "Oh, it's not God, Sybok dies, Kirk is saved, movie over." Disappointing is not a strong enough word to describe it all. They had potential with this story, and it was playing out decently until you get to what is supposed to be the most exciting point of the film. Shatner drops the ball as director, visuals are subpar, and when it's over, you feel little more than "that's it?" It is not the train wreck that everyone will lead you to believe, but it definitely is a lot weaker than most Star Trek films you can find and is quite an underwhelming experience.
    Drew O Super Reviewer

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