Vintage Franchise – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Writer: Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal (Screenplay) Gene Roddenberry (Characters)

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Kim Cattrall, Christopher Plummer

 

Plot: On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Addition to Franchise

 

Story: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country starts as the Klingon race is facing extinction after a mining accident, Spock (Nimoy) and the federation have looked at options to create a peace agreement and Spock suggests the near retirement Kirk (Shatner) to escort the Chief in Command of the Klingons for negotiations.

When the escort goes wrong all clues point to the Enterprise attacking and members of the crew boarding the ship to assassinate the Chief in Command, this leads to Kirk and McCoy (Kelley) being arrested for the assassination, leaving Spock to uncover the truth during this delicate time between the space races.

 

Thoughts on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

 

Characters – Kirk is on the verge of retirement and reluctantly accepts an escort mission searching for a chance of peace even against his own dislike towards the Klingons after their hand in his son’s death. Kirk is framed for the assassination of the Klingon leader and joins McCoy in a mining prison hoping his crew could turn around the conviction. Spock is the one trying to put together peace treaty and must take control of the Enterprise after the assassination and the investigation from within the ship to who was really behind it all. Chang is the Klingon general that believes himself and Kirk are both great warriors and he also isn’t supporting the peace talks, he is quick to point the finger at Kirk for the assassination.

PerformanceBy now we what performances we are going to get from the crew, with Shatner and Nimoy both doing what we expect now. Christopher Plummer is the biggest addition to this cast and he does well even though you could question an actor as respected as him joining in this late in the franchise.

StoryThe story shows the point of the Federation, looking for peace between all races but the crew must deal with the few extremists that don’t want the peace in the galaxy. This does play out as a strategical part of the series as we learn more sides to the overall battle which makes everything feel a lot more interesting. If you are going into this looking for big battles you won’t get that one though.

Adventure/Mystery/Sci-FiThe adventure does take a step back in this story as we are left to focus on the mystery behind who is against the peace talks.

SettingsThe mostly just spend the time on the ships which is fine because this story focuses on the idea of peace in the galaxy over a battle there.

Special EffectsThe effects are good without being great through this film.

Scene of the Movie – The assassination looks great.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Lack of use of the supporting crew.

Final ThoughtsThis is another nice addition to the Star Trek franchise which shows even after 6 films you can still enjoy the film.

 

Overall: This is a nicely built up film in the franchise.

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Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

logoDirector: John Carpenter

Writer: Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein (Screenplay) W. D. Richter (Adaptation)

Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Carter Wong

 

Plot: When trucker Jack Burton agreed to take his friend Wang Chi to pick up his fiancee at the airport, he never expected to get involved in a supernatural battle between good and evil. Wang’s fiancée has emerald green eyes, which make her a perfect target for an immortal sorcerer named Lo Pan and his three invincible cronies. Lo Pan must marry a girl with green eyes so he can regain his physical form. Now, Jack must save Wang’s fiancée from Lo Pan and his henchmen, and win back his stolen truck. But how can he defeat an enemy who has no body?

 

Verdict: 80s Fun Adventure

 

Story: This film came out in the 80s and was filled of the adventure tones used through that decade along with the action that is slightly over the top making it funny rather than stupid. This fits in perfect with the era but I think it would be fair to say it hasn’t dated too well. It does what it says on the tin, it is fun, funny and over the top. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Kurt Russell: Jack Burton a small time trucker who does his friend Wang a favour only to get drawn into the underworld at Chinatown to take on an ancient evil who wants to become immortal. Good performance from Russell doing what he does best. (8/10)

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Kim Cattrall: Gracie a reporter who is trying to uncover what is going on in Chinatown only to get drawn into the battle. Good supporting performance playing the typical damsel in distress. (7/10)

 

Dennis Dun: Wang Chi the friend of Jack whose fiancée gets kidnapped and he starts the mission to get her back bring together to rival side good vs evil to get her back. Good performance getting a few more laughs than the rest. (7/10)

 

James Hong: David Lo Pan the evil lord that can change into different forms but is ultimately looking to take over the world with the girl with green eyes. Good performance making the comedy up with his crazy lines. (7/10)

 

Director Review: John Carpenter – Good direction stepping away from horror to do a fun adventure film. (8/10)

 

Action: Plenty of action used throughout. (9/10)

Adventure: Good adventure sense used for the groups. (7/10)

Comedy: Good funny moments never taking itself too serious. (7/10)

Settings: Good settings used to create an underworld in Chinatown. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Good comedy special effects used. (7/10)

Suggestion: I think this is one to try, I don’t think it is the best but you will get some good laughs. (Try)

 

Best Part: The knife kills

Worst Part: Dated.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final battle.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $11 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: Some people pick the damnedest places to start a fight!

 

 

Overall: Good Comic Adventure

Rating 74