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Overall Rating
2

Awesome: 3.7%
Worth A Look: 9.26%
Average: 18.52%
Pretty Bad: 20.37%
Total Crap48.15%

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Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier
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by Steve in Prague

"Oscars all around!!! (maybe in another universe)"
1 stars

Coulda shoulda woulda...3 words that apply to this "movie" It coulda been good, It shoulda been good, it woulda killed you to sit through it

William Shatner's directorial debut makes Kevin Costner seem like Kurosawa. Everything that a director can do wrong, Shatner does, and in the process takes a pretty damn good plot idea and turns it into the WTC Disaster of science fiction.

The plot: Spock's half brother (funny, they never mentioned him during the Star Trek series) has *gasp* broken away from the party hearty wear our hearts on our sleeves (BTW this is called SARCASM kiddies) Vulcan society to wander the galaxy as a sort of travelling prophet (like Muhammed...oh great, NOW I have a jihad declared on me from the guy in the next cubicle). Anyway, Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill Cocktail, Messenger of Death, Freedom to Speak believes that GOD lives in the center of the Galaxy, a place no ship has ever returned from (so how does he know God is there HMMMMM???) He hijacks the Enterprise in the WORST "hijackers take over a starship" scene I have ever seen.

During this Sybok likes screw with people's minds by Vulcan mind melding with them and forcing them to confront their most unbearable pain. He has Dr.McCoy relive the death of his father, where it turns out McCoy pulled the plug on the old geezer THE DAY BEFORE A CURE WAS DISCOVERED FOR HIS ILLNESS. HAHAHHAHA sucks to be you!!!

Of course, they are chased by Klingons all the way, because Sybok it seems started his little revolution on a place called "The Planet of Intergalactic Peace" BWAHAHAHHA. Trust me, this planet was about as peaceful as Northern Ireland after a Celtic/Rangers game. The Klingons are pissed (as usual).

So, and they NEVER explain how, The Enterprise makes it to the center of the galaxy, despite the fact no ship can supposedly survive the radiation but I guess if your ship has the name "Enterprise" painted on it, it can survive anything. I swear the Enterprise is the "Yamato" of Star Trek (Anime reference) it can survive anything.

Oh and the Klingon ship also makes it through, again they never explain how or why, I guess the whole "gee no ship can survive the trip" thing is a bunch of bullshit RIGHT MR. SHATNER DIRECTOR SIR!?!?!?!?

Anyway, where as I, oh yeah, this shitty movie. So the crew finds a planet at the center of the galaxy and on this planet is...well...God...we think its God anyway...it looks like Charleton Heston so it must be God...so the crew confront God and OOPPSS God makes a boo-boo. He doesn't know who Dr.McCoy is...shouldn't God know who EVERYONE is??????? Clever Capt.Kirk is the ONLY ONE WHO REALIZES THIS!!!!!!

God tells the crew he wants to take the Enterprise and use it as a chariot to "spread his word throughout the Galaxy". Kirk then utters the ONLY good line in this movie, and indeed probably the greatest line in ANY Star Trek vehicle:

"Why does God need a starship?"

OOOOHHHH the IRONY!!!!!

God gets pissed and starts to go all Biblical.

John 3:24 "Ye shall NOT pisseth thy God off or he willith fry your arse"

But Sybok saves the day, as do the Klingons who decide God is worse then the United Federation of planets and blast his beard with photon torpedos.

The two crews all make nice at the end and have a huge human/Klingon orgy...ok, THAT would have made the movie better but I guess we have to wait for the directors (BWAHAHAHAH Shatner) cut.

Well whats wrong here...pretty much everything...there are plot holes you could fly two jumbo jets through. How does Sybok know about this "god"? They never explain that..How do the ships survive the trip to the center of the galaxy after EMPHATICALLY stating throughout the movie that no ship can and the federation has already tried? How did the "god" creature come to be on that planet? Who does that planet happen to have oxygen so the crew can beam down unprotected? If Sybok is so dangerous how come the Vulcans didn't just go get him?

The acting is your standard Star Trek fare, none of the cast is either good or bad, they just go through the motions. However, Nichelle Nichols (Lt Uhura) DOES get to do an exotic feather dance...all i can say is "JENNY CRAIG WOMAN!!".

Laurence Luckinbill, an underrated actor with a long history, gives his best as Sybok but he doesn't have much to work with. Of course, Shatner has all the key scenes, gee I wonder WHY?? (Hint: he directed).

The movie is visually impressive, as is the score by Jerry Goldsmith. But this cannot be saved by the butchering of what could have been a great story by Shatner, Harve Bennett, and David Loughery.

On a side note: while visiting a Star Trek website I learned that Sean Connery was oroginally tapped to play the "God" creature at the end, and agreed to do it but Paramount balked at his fee. Its a shame because his mere presence would have improved this film.

Great idea, horrible execution, and hopefully Mr.Shatners ONLY forray into big time directing.

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User Comments

5/27/13 Jeff Wilder Ineptly directed and incoherently scripted. 2 stars
7/11/11 Jim Kirk Fan It could have better. 3 stars
5/17/09 Sam So bad it's funny. More fun than Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Life is not a dream. 1 stars
10/18/08 PAUL SHORTT ADEQUATE WORTHWHILE ENTRY WITH A MORAL MESSAGE 3 stars
3/25/08 Isaac M. Baranoff Watch with RiffTrax, if at all. 1 stars
12/23/07 Wendell Maness As you have done, it shall be done to you; Your reprisal shall return upon your own head. 3 stars
3/19/06 mr. mike has its moments for hardcore fans 4 stars
1/11/06 JM Synth Deeply flawed, but the questioning of religious themes makes it worthwhile 3 stars
6/21/05 Indrid Cold The best (worst) example of how bizarre and weak the Trek movies are. 2 stars
6/08/05 Drew Peltier Horrible special effects, crappy directing. 3 stars
3/16/05 dwarzel Terrible effects--the shuttlecraft landing on Nimbus 3 looked like a cartoon 2 stars
4/24/04 Easter Lemming Worst Star Trek Movie Ever 1 stars
12/17/03 Tim Triangle I remeber being disapointed when I first saw the film now I quite like the ending 3 stars
10/03/03 Sugarfoot Disappointing 2 stars
5/12/03 Jack Bourbon To boldly blow where no man has blown before. . . 1 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Bone-headed sequel is still fairly fetching. A wee bit undervalued. 3 stars
2/19/03 Matthew Jones Probably the worst of the Original Series films. Camping with Kirk, Spock and McCoy funny. 4 stars
12/23/02 3man This is what happens when you let Shatner direct. The worst of Trek. 1 stars
12/10/02 Zefram Mann Not the worst Trek movie. At least it had some good character moments. 3 stars
10/18/02 Red Shirt Guy THIS movie started the whole "bad odd-movie" curse. Great Goldsmith music score, though. 2 stars
6/18/02 Charles Tatum The opening five minutes are the only reason to see this 2 stars
3/31/02 Rockitman007 Weak Script......But DAMMIT it still has its moments!!!!!! 3 stars
12/21/01 JessTurisch I once saw 2 guys kiss and that was the gayest thing I ever saw until this movie... 1 stars
12/16/01 Kenneth E. Carper Weak but entertaining. The FX, comedy and writing suck. The characters make this movie work 4 stars
10/15/01 Andrew Carden This Is Getting Way Out Of Hand, The Series Is So Dated and Boring. 1 stars
8/01/01 TLsmooth Keanu Reeves could have improved this shitburger, that is how bad it is. 1 stars
2/04/01 Avenger Girl Star Trek is dead, dead, dead. Let it die..its had its days..NEVER AGAIN 1 stars
2/01/01 jordan never let shatner direct again 2 stars
1/03/01 fifu i like bill shatner but this movie is the worst in teh series 2 stars
11/02/00 viking Metaphysical mumbo jumbo. 1 stars
10/09/00 Ground Zero the novel was soo much better 1 stars
7/30/00 Digitalus Holy cats, this was awful 1 stars
4/17/00 BB-15 I agree with Steve. This was a hell of a lot better than the first one. 4 stars
3/09/00 Mr. Kramitall one of the worst Star Trek movies I've seen. 1 stars
1/18/00 Jedi15 Gets worse the more I think about it... 2 stars
1/13/00 Steve I thought that Star Trek V wasn't all that bad. I rather liked it. Better than TMP!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
1/10/00 Will jeez that was bad. 1 stars
10/24/99 Scarface Not has bad as TMP, IV, or Generations 3 stars
10/14/99 Lame-Oh I kinda liked Star Trek, but... NO NO NO! And a sorry ass plot. Weak! 1 stars
10/07/99 sophia962 Shatner should be beaten with his own toupee. Damnit Jim your a ham not a director! 1 stars
9/16/99 the Grinch Horror, thy name is Nichelle Nicholls in a nighty and feather boa 2 stars
5/11/99 Ghost Worst of all the Star Treks. Couldn't stay awake so boring. 1 stars
5/10/99 Arkansas Jon Weak, laughable story. Adds nothing -- cept Uhura's song and dance -- to Trek lore. 1 stars
3/24/99 DrEvil Entertaining in the same way as an Ed Wood movie. Glad I saw this turkey at a matinee. 1 stars
12/04/98 Shadow Raider Not bad, but I enjoyed the novel better. Pretty good movie. 5 stars
10/24/98 grunter Star vanity projects never work; To Shatner: leave the directing to someone who can act. 2 stars
10/23/98 Da Werd Man This movie was very cool, a must see for any treckies 5 stars
9/26/98 Zippy Godawful, there's no denying it. 1 stars
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