After directing two Star Trek films in a row, actor Leonard Nimoy stood up from the directing chair, and let fellow actor (and star of the franchise) William Shatner assume the role as director. Not only did Shatner direct this installment of easily one of the most popular science fiction franchises of all time, but he also outlined the story. I think this says more about Shatners talents then his hammy acting does. "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (though as it turned out this wasn't CLOSE to being the final movie) is remembered by many people to be either a complete waste of time, God awful, or pure torture. I think these statements are actually false though. No, "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" is far, far worse then anything you've heard. Back in movie one we were hoping for some action, in this movie we're hoping things will slow down long enough to make sense.
Though Star Trek was a series that was never meant to incorporate anything even the slight bit religious into the movies (Gene Rodenberry, the series creator, was an atheist), this movie revolves around the possibility of being able to find God. And not in the "I've just had an experience and I've found God" kind of thing, I mean a "God is out there and we might possibly know where He is, so lets find him." To say this is was a bad idea overall is being too kind. Still, it sounds epic. Or at least, it sounds more complicated then it ends up being. Watching the movie though is pure boredom, pure confusion, and pure ludicrous. The story is so uneven, in fact, that I'm not even sure how to describe it. Maybe I would do better to point out the movie begins in a dessert, where the Klingon Captain Klaa promises an abandoned man in the dessert that he knows where to find an ultimate power source.
The movies climax involves Kirk, Spock, and McCoy singing a few verses of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." And you want to know what's worse then the crew singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat": The fact that they sing it several times. The beginning of the movie is boring. The middle in silly. The ending is confusing. The climax is nonsense. This review, I think, has made it's point. Now if you'll excuse me, I have an appointment to go fishing, and I need to talk to someone about renting a boat, one that I preferably won't have to row.
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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Paramount Pictures, 1989) is the fifth feature film based on the Star Trek science fiction television series. It is often referred to as Star Trek 5 or The Final Frontier. The film was directed by William Shatner, following two films directed by his co-star, Leonard Nimoy. Shatner also developed the initial storyline. It was shot entirely in California.
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