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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Nicholas Meyer

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Plot Summary

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is fondly regarded as being the closest in spirit to the 1966-69 TV series that spawned it. Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) escapes the tedium of a desk job to join Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) on another space mission. While boldly going where no man etc. etc., Kirk crosses the path of his old enemy Khan (Ricardo Montalban), who as any die-hard Trekker can tell you, was the chief antagonist in the 1966 Trek TV episode "Space Seed." Leading a crew of near-savage space prisoners, Khan insinuates himself into the Genesis Project, which is designed to introduce living organisms on long-dead planets. Intending to harness this program for his own despotic purposes, Khan engages in battle with the Enterprise crew.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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90%
  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 43
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Here comes a sequel that's worth its salt. The second Star Trek movie is swift, droll and adventurous, not to mention appealingly gadget-happy. It's everything the first one should have been and wasn't. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: There is something comfortable, even old-shoeish, about the new film, a sense, appropriate to its theme of coming to terms with middle age, that all aboard are pleasurably rediscovering their best selves. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Star Trek II is a very satisfying space adventure, closer in spirit and format to the popular TV series than to its big-budget predecessor. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Although I liked the special effects in the first movie, they were probably not the point; fans of the TV series wanted to see their favorite characters again, and Trek II understood that desire and acted on it. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Sliced Up Version of Awesome Flick

This is one of my favorite Star Trek films, but I was saddened to download it and see that it's been cut. The original is probably close to an hour and 45 minutes in length, but the version offered here is only an hour and a half. So clearly some considerable sections have been chopped. I recognized some omissions, and wasn't sure where other places had been sliced. Just be aware if you download this movie, it's not all there. (I've also noticed this with episodes I've downloaded of ST: Voyager - namely "The Caretaker". I don't understand why such editing is necessary.)

Dated FX; Great Storytelling

OK, so a sci-fi flick from 1982 isn't going to knock your socks off with the quality of the special effects. And to be honest, there's a fair amount of bad dialog happening too. But WoK is still a kickass movie, and a must-see for any Trek fan. Ricardo Montalban just devours his role as bad guy Khan and you gotta love the way they ratchet up the tension for his entrance. And speaking of special effects, this movie contains one of the first-ever computer-generated effects scenes. Check it out--it's the Project Genesis sequence. Nothing special by today's standards, but cutting edge for its time. Loren Carpenter, the guy who was responsible for creating the sequence, went on to win an Oscar for his pioneering work in the field.

Arguably the best Trek film, and a great sci-fi film in its own right

This movie was the one that spawned the idea that 'even numbered' Trek fims are superior to the 'odd numbered' ones (which was generally accepted up until the tenth Trek film). Regarded by many as a great sci-fi film in it's own right, this is the movie you want to watch if you never saw Star Trek before. And if you have, this movie is the one you'll want to watch over and over again. The plot is actually fairly simple. Captain Kirk, who has spent the better part of his life skirting his way around mistakes, winds up facing one of the biggest ones of his career, when an old enemy threatens him, as well as countless other people. Coupled with a healthy dose of a realistic mid-life crisis, Kirk finds that sometimes mistakes can't easily be fixed - and sometimes the price to do the right thing is astronomically high.