Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan (1982)

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The second of the Star Trek films for the big screen feature the acting talents of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley as the main stars Kirk, Spock and Bones. The villain of the film is the one villain that most if not all Star Trek fans know is Khan played by Ricardo Montalban. From the original series they could not have picked a better person to be the rival to that of Kirk.

Khan is a byproduct of 20th century genetic engineering and was found by the Enterprise drifting in space in an old sleeper ship that had been launched in the last part of the 1990’s. Yes, at the time they thought we were all going to kill ourselves by then but of course we didn’t, but that is part of the Star Trek universe and can not be un made, so live with it, this is science fiction. In the original series Khan and his crew as well as one member of the Enterprise crew were set down on Ceti Alpha 5 which was later thought to have been destroyed.

Skip ahead 15 years and you have the scout ship Reliant surveying the Ceti system looking for a suitable planet to do scientific testing on. They check out what they believe to be Ceti Alpha 6 only to find Khan and what is left of his crew that had been marooned on the planet. Khan founds out about the promotion of Kirk and starts to plot his revenge in meticulous detail as only Khan can. It has always been a test of wits when Kirk and Khan are butting heads.

The production crew learned from the slowness of the first film and made sure to keep the pace of action flowing well. The pacing was so well done that watching about 30 minutes can feel like you have watched a good 60 minutes of high action film. That is a good thing and not a bad one as you are definitely getting the bang for you buck. You have fire fights, martial arts, space combat and planet sized explosions to keep you on your toes and on the edge of your seat.

This film has the pacing and action of the recent Chris Pine Enterprise film where the action never really stopped. The Wrath of Khan pulls you in for a wild ride and doesn’t let go of you till the very end and then wets your appetite for more with one hell of a cliff hanger that you are going to both love and hate and will even make some of you cry. This is a must have film for any Star Trek collection and if Pine had not done the new one would have been the best Trek film of the entire movie series. Some came close but none of them were The Wrath Of Khan.

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