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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Director's Cut)

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Nicholas Meyer

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Plot Summary

It is the 23rd century. The Federation Starship U.S.S. EnterpriseTM is on routine training maneuvers and Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) seems resigned to the fact that this inspection may well be the last space mission of his career. But Khan is back. Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalban) - brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth - has raided Space Station Regula One, stolen a top secret device called Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation starship, and now schemes to set a most deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk... with the threat of a universal Armageddon!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

88%
  • Reviews Counted: 49
  • Fresh: 43
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

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 21, 2015

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

One of the best Star Trek films!

Next to the recent reboot and First Contact, this is one of the best Star Trek films ever! Great acting from Shatner and Montalban, and the rest of the cast, an ending that actually brought me to tears when I first saw it! And I am not a die hard Trekkie so if the movie can do that to a casual fan of Star Trek, than that is a good sign right there!

The Classic Continues

This is one of my favorite movies (of any genre, not just sci-fi). The ending made it an instant classic. I suggest watching Season 1, episode 22, Space Seed, followed by this movie. A very enjoyable combination.

A dish best served cold.

This is not just the best sci-fi movie ever made but one of the best revenge movies ever made. What made it so good is that there really was no formula that they were working off of, it wasn't over (or under) thought, and the plot wasn't simplistic or contrived. As far as I know, the story was very vaguely based off of Moby Dick, hence the quotations. The revenge that the character Khan sought was an element that the viewer would sympathise with, which is a very important aspect to any good villain, not just a sci-fi villain, and Khan wasn't a "bag of tricks" villain, either, like you would see with a Bond villain for example.

The problem that this film caused was that it was actually TOO good. When a movie is so incredibly good the studio behind it will usually, ultimately use the elements of the film as a formula. If you analyze this film, you will be able to determine that the formula has been re-used in the films Star Trek 6, Star Trek Nemesis, and Star Trek XI (to some extent). I think 6 was the second best of the trek movies, don't get me wrong, but Nemesis destroyed the franchise and urinated on the grave.