Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan

To the last, I will grapple with thee. From hell's heart, I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * * · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * · )

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This is probably the best Star Trek movie ever done. The plot is solid, the action comes in at all the right times, the bad guy is great, it just couldn't get much better. Ricardo Montalban plays the genetically enhanced (which makes you lose a lot of chest hair and have a hard time buttoning up your shirt) Kahn. He is hell bent on sending Kirk down to the depths of the abyss. Sure we all want to see Shatner meet a violent end (especially after those horrid Tech-war books, oh the humanity!) but this time we can't help but succumb to Kirk's charm as he dances and dodges under the huge sweeps of Kahns sword of revenge. Along the way we get a couple of subplots that aren't too evil. A new crew is running the enterprise, and the old fossils that ran the ship before are having a hard time dealing with it (not to mention the problems buttoning up their red frocks). Kirk also finds out that he has a 30 year old son (unfortunately, he can't see him much less remember conceiving him). It is hard for an old fart like Kirk to match the strength of Kahn's presence, and frankly this bad guy had more in him than the Klingons and the Borg alike. The special effects are dated, but aside from the initial cheesy warp sequence there isn't too much that is dated. The battle scenes are still quite good even with todays excellent Lost in Space special effects. The DVD is a great representation of the film with a 2.35 to 1 16x9 enhanced picture and a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There are unfortunately no extras worth mentioning. Easily the greatest Star Trek movie of all time, Wrath of Khan even pushes todays current space operas as far as worth.