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Overall Rating
3.92

Awesome: 27.12%
Worth A Look54.24%
Average: 8.47%
Pretty Bad: 3.39%
Total Crap: 6.78%

2 reviews, 47 user ratings


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Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home
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by PyThomas

"Not your ordinary Trek joint."
4 stars

"Okay, here's the premise. We take the crew of the Enterprise, and stick them in a big city in the present time! How's that sound?"

This could have been a disaster. But the fourth in the Trek theatrical series turns out to be a pretty cool (and pretty amusing) flick. Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) is in deep shit for destroying the Enterprise and other Federation violations. With he and his crew speeding home in a hijacked Klingon vessel, they find that their home planet of Earth is being threatened by a strange space... pipe. Something about the ship is wrecking the Earth's environment, virtually tearing the planet apart, and the only language the passengers speak is that of the now-extinct humpback whale.

So how does Earth get out of this predicament? Using the whip-around-the-sun method, Kirk & Co. travel back in time to 1986-era San Francisco to grab some still-living whales and bring them back to the 23rd century to talk some sense into the aliens. This is where the fun begins. Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) complains about the "Dark Ages" of 1986 medicine; Spock (Leonard Nimoy) covers up his distinguishing features with a headband and passes himself off as a Far Eastern monk; Kirk schmoozes with a marine park worker to get a couple of humpback whales to be set free in the Federation era. (Somebody say "Free Willy"?)

A cynical type would probably regard this storyline as an excuse to cut back on the special effects budget. True, this ain't your typical muck-about-in-space Trek film. But there's still a lot of action and more laughs than usual.

And if you don't like that, well... double dumb ass on you.

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User Comments

5/27/13 Jeff Wilder Well-put together. Good use of humor. 4 stars
5/23/10 Bob This is a bad movie, KC Au? Bullshit! This movie is the best Star Trek by far! 5 stars
1/31/10 Reality of Films Very good movie, and hilarious too! The best in the series! 5 stars
5/17/09 Sam HILARIOUS. Fans and non-fans alike will love this. 5 stars
3/25/09 John a trek that was great 5 stars
10/18/08 PAUL SHORTT AN EFFECTIVE AND ENJOYABLE SAMPLE OF ENTERTAINMENT 3 stars
10/02/06 Jeremy Davies Awesome- easily the best of the star trek movies- both series!! 5 stars
7/25/06 David Cohen Little more than an excuse to have the Star Trek cast walk around the modern world 3 stars
5/29/06 drydock54321 good sense of humor. entertaining 4 stars
4/14/06 ES The only star trek with acceptable time travel, next gen sucks 4 stars
6/21/05 Indrid Cold For once, a Trek movie is relatively straightforward plotwise. But still just mediocre. 3 stars
6/08/05 Drew Peltier P U 3 stars
3/16/05 dwarzel Good in spite of heavy-handed moralizing 5 stars
5/31/04 Nobody I hate conservationists. 1 stars
4/24/04 Easter Lemming Enjoyable Kick Ass Save The Whales Movie 5 stars
3/18/04 Belenda W. My favorite of the original trek crew movies 4 stars
12/17/03 Tim Triangle Save the whales man!! Pretty stupid aliens. Not my favourite. Interesting special effects 3 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby A solid, entertaining picture. 4 stars
2/19/03 Matthew Jones The best of the Original Trek movies by far. 5 stars
12/10/02 Zefram Mann Pretty good. Gave the characters a chance to actually get out of the ship and do stuff. 4 stars
11/23/02 Charles Tatum Cutesy 4 stars
10/18/02 Red Shirt Guy Technobabble free at last! For a "Free Willy in space" movie, it ain't bad. 4 stars
5/16/02 R.W. Welch Nice break from the usual Trek stuff, more wit than usual. 4 stars
4/30/02 KC Au This is the best Trek movie?! Bullshit! Also bullshit - "transparent aluminum"!! 2 stars
12/16/01 Kenneth E. Carper For cretins only. Star Trek sold out to the mainstream moron masses! 1 stars
10/15/01 Andrew Carden Not Very Good, It's Pretty Boring, and Confusing. 2 stars
7/08/01 Gracy Lionheart I really loved this movie when I was younger. I still like it. 4 stars
6/23/01 Dean Avenger Girl, the village idiot of the HB voters. 4 stars
6/21/01 Spocks mate its all good! yep! yep! 4 stars
4/12/01 Emperor Matthew I The best and funniest of all the films. 'nuff said. 5 stars
2/04/01 Avenger Girl More trekkie crap..just total shite. Dont bother going to see it 1 stars
1/03/01 fifu funny and a good movie on of the better ones 4 stars
11/02/00 viking Still my favourite "Star Trek" movie 5 stars
4/17/00 BB-15 Tied with Khan for second-best of the series. 5 stars
2/12/00 Sabe Someone should shoot Scarface, because this movie rocks! Too bad Final Frontier sucked. 5 stars
1/31/00 Bas Westra the greatest startrek movie 5 stars
1/13/00 Jedi15 Gosh, Scarface, tell us how you REALLY feel. This movie was great! "Hello, computer." 5 stars
11/29/99 Crystal Fleming Rip Roaring Funny!!!! 5 stars
10/24/99 Scarface cheap, chessey film. Lame plot about whales. Borring! Worst of series with first movie. 1 stars
10/20/99 Lame-Oh interesting and funny 4 stars
10/07/99 sophia962 Only Nimoy and Meyer should direct SF films. Period. 5 stars
8/11/99 Japtalian I love this movie. This should have been the final film for the original cast. 4 stars
5/10/99 Arkansas Jon An humourous trek, if not overly original. The even #s are the hell best Trek movies. 4 stars
1/25/99 Yo Momma Worth a look. Excellent time travel back to the 80's. 4 stars
12/05/98 Scion of Sailor Jupiter Everyone say it with me: NOOOKLEAR WEEESLES! 4 stars
12/04/98 Shadow Raider Not your average Trek joint, but great movie. I like it. 4 stars
10/24/98 grunter Accessible, but convinced Paramount that fish-out-of-water time-travel stories=Trek. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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