Sunday, March 2, 2014

Flick Pick: Star Trek II - The Wrath Of Khan

Star Trek II - The Wrath Of Khan
(Paramount, 1982)

After thoroughly botching the first Star Trek film, made over a decade after the series' TV cancellation, Paramount bounced back with this sequel, made for a quarter the budget of the first film, and roughly 50 times better. Not least of which for having a suitably epic villain, played by consummate professional actor Ricardo Montalban, lifted directly from the episode in the series he'd played originally. The focus on an actual coherent plot let the translation of the TV series to film hit its stride, and in this cinematic episode, secured the promise of future installments with equally impressive performances on the screen and at the box office. 

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