1982 ****
Original Theatrical Version runs 112 mins.
The Director's Edition runs 116 mins.

Must Star Trek fans find Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to be one of the best, if not the best, film in the series. Star Trek: The Motion Picture is sort of like a prologue to the film series, and The Wrath of Khan is really the beginning of the story, a story that continues throughout the next few films in the series. I have always found Ricardo Montalban's performance to be over-the-top, and stage-worthy, but it does make for an unforgettable presence. Khan is a character who originated in an episode of the original series, titled "Space Seed." Although it helps to enrich the experience to have seen that episode before watching this film, it's not completely necessary. We're given all the back story we need to appreciate the current story as is. The battle of wits between Kirk and Khan are paired with a side story of the "Genesis device," which has the potential to create a new world out of a barren one. All our favorite characters are here, the action is sharp and exciting, and the ending is sure to bring tears to your eyes.

Back in 2012, for the film's 30th anniversary, I had the joy of seeing this film in a theatre, with its director, Nicholas Meyer, in attendance. My then girlfriend, and now wife, came to the screening dressed in Star Trek uniforms, and we were invited to have lunch with Nicholas Meyer the following afternoon. It was an unforgettable experience I will cherish forever.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision)
Rated PG for violence and language.

William Shatner + Leonard Nimoy + DeForest Kelley + James Doohan + Walter Koenig + George Takei + Nichelle Nichols + Bibi Besch + Merritt Butrick + Paul Winfield + Kirstie Alley + Ricardo Montalban

Screenplay by
Jack B. Sowards

Based on STAR TREK Created by
Gene Roddenberry

Story by
Harve Bennett and Jack B. Sowards

Directed by
Nicholas Meyer


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