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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Halloween Kingathon – Sometimes They Come Back (1991)

Banner-1logoDirector: Tom McLoughlin

Writer: Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal (Screenplay) Stephen King (Short Story)

Starring: Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Robert Rusler, Chris Demetral, Robert Hy Gorman, William Sanderson

Plot: Based on a short story by Stephen King, a man and his family return to his home town, but he is then harassed by teenagers that died when he was a kid.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Ghosts of the Living Dead

Story: Sometimes They Come Back starts the Norman family moving back to Jim (Matheson) home town with wife Sally (Adams) and son Scott (Gorman). Jim has taken a teaching job and the rumours about his past continue to follow him around, while his past haunts him from this town.

We learn what happens to Jim’s brother when he was a kid and that being the main reason why they left the town in the first place. The return to the town brings death of a student before a new student Richard Lawson (Rusler) appears in class who has a striking resemblance to the thug that killed Jim’s brother.

When a second student dies a second member of the gang who died after killing Jim’s brother turns up in his class looking for revenge for their deaths.

Sometimes They Come Back turns the spin on the idea from The Crow where the evil characters come back looking for revenge. It all works very basic but you do wonder why the innocent kids deaths never really got looked into. It ends up being a reliving moment idea and some weak investigation nothing really gets explained to why it all ends up happening. (5/10)

Actor Review

Tim Matheson: Jim Norman is the teacher who is haunted by his childhood where he brother was murdered but it trying to rebuild his life after a professional incident in his home town. His life really comes back to life when the thugs who died during his brother’s death come back for revenge. Tim does a solid job in the film without excelling. (6/10)jim

Robert Rusler: Richard Lawon is the leader of the gang who killed Jim’s brother but died, he has returned with the rest of his gang from the grave to get revenge on Jim. Robert does a good job in this role and you generic villain character. (7/10)

Support Cast: Sometimes They Come Back has the generic supporting cast with worried family and typical thug like characters.

Director Review: Tom McLoughlinTom gives us a basic thriller without hitting any real horror angles. (5/10)

Horror: Sometimes They Come Back doesn’t reach all the horror angles it needs to get to. (4/10)

Thriller: Sometimes They Come Back tries to keep you guessing to what will happen next to the characters. (7/10)

Settings: Sometimes They Come Back uses the basic small town setting which is easily the trademark of Stephen King based film. (5/10)

Suggestion: Sometimes They Come Back is one to try but could easily be missed. (Try It)

Best Part: Basic tunnel scene.

Worst Part: Not enough scares.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a sequel.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Overall: Basic horror thriller that is very slow

Rating 40