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on 28 February 2013
I have read William Shatners book and if they had given him the financial backing this film deserved it would have been up there with the likes of "Wrath of Khan" sadly they did'nt and what we have is a good trek yarn but let down by the special effects.The shots of the Enterprise clearly look cheaper and the whole production does have a strange feel to it. That said Shatner does have a really excellent attempt at directing his first film, the comic touches are clearly the best in the series,Overall for fans this is excellent entertainment and was intended to wrap the series up. But just like trek fans,we WONT let it die for long.
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So Spock has a half-brother who looks like a pointy-eared Saddam Hussein, who manages to attract and then hijack a sad excuse for the Enterprise, all in an attempt to penetrate the Great Barrier (which has apparently moved from the edge of the galaxy to the exact center) and find the universal God. That's pretty much the plot of this movie in a nutshell. While Star Trek V: The Final Frontier does have its good moments, particularly in terms of the interplay between Kirk, Spock, and Bones, most Trekkies and movie-goers in general agree that this is without a doubt the worst of the six films featuring the original crew. Even Gene Roddenberry was critical of various parts of this film.

You could hardly ask for a more disappointing opening for a Star Trek film, as we watch a mysterious rider come upon a desert hole farmer (yeah, I said hole farmer) and release the man's pain. That pointy-eared stranger is Sybok, the half-brother Spock has never bothered to mention. One can only imagine the shame Sarek would feel (if Vulcans didn't bury their emotions) over this son, a renegade whose rejection of logic and embrace of emotions led to his expulsion from Vulcan. If nothing else, we now know that Spock was by no means the black sheep of his family. Following a vision of Shakaree, the legendary Vulcan "heaven," Sybok puts together a small army on the Neutral Zone planet of Nimbus III and takes the tri-partite council of Klingon, Romulan, and Terran ambassadors hostage, all in an effort to bring a starship into orbit. That starship is, of course, the new Enterprise, which has been dispatched by Starfleet despite the fact it has less than a skeleton crew - and almost nothing on the ship is actually working (despite Scotty's best efforts).

Possible spoilers ahead as I talk about some of the problems with this movie. First and foremost, Sybok's group of ragamuffin settlers is able to take control of the Enterprise with ridiculous ease. Even some of Kirk's crew prove to be incredibly weak-willed in the face of Sybok's power. If some weirdo came along and somehow freed me from my deepest and most personal pain, I would say Thanks, Dude but I would not devote myself to following this guru's every command. I really expected more from the likes of Sulu and Uhura here (I can forgive Chekov, given his traumatizing experience at the hands of Khan). And the Klingon ambassador, the once-illustrious master strategist Korrd - sure he's a drunken outcast now, but there's no way a fierce Klingon warrior like Korrd should go all sappy in the face of Sybok's mental manipulations. Only Captain Kirk refuses any attempt by Sybok to brainwash him, delivering a classic "I need my pain" speech in the process. I know some people were moved by the scene in which McCoy's deepest pain is identified and released, but I found it uncomfortable to watch and could only wonder why Kirk stood there and let it happen in the first place. I also have to ask what the heck happened to that beautiful new Enterprise ship we saw at the end of Star Trek IV. For one thing, the bridge has been completely redesigned, and I refuse to believe that any self-respecting crew of Starfleet technicians would have ever let this ship out of the dock given its almost infinite number of problems. At the start of the film, the crew is on shore leave because they had to pull this dysfunctional ship back into dry dock for a vast retinue of repairs. It also bothered me when Spock said he had no emotions, as that isn't strictly true - Vulcans choose to bury their emotions, but those feelings are still there far below the surface.

Even though I pretty much worship the ground William Shatner walks on, you have to pin some of the blame for this film's problems on him, as he directed the film and co-wrote the story alongside David Loughery and Harve Bennett (who also appears in the film as the Starfleet Chief of Staff). On the other hand, Shatner wasn't really able to make the film he wanted to make - especially in terms of the ending, which is rather anticlimactic in its final form - because Paramount would not give him the money to make it all happen. The production wasn't well-served by the special effects team, either. With ILM wrapped up in other projects, the production team turned to another group that really wasn't up to this kind of major task. It wasn't just the lack of money that prevented Shatner from giving the film the big ending he wanted - the special effects that were actually done for that ending were too crappy to even use.

In retrospect, it seems that no one had full control over this movie. Even as the director and co-writer, Shatner wasn't even able to prevent Sybok being portrayed as Spock's half-brother. Still, despite all the negatives to this film, it's still well worth watching. I'll take a three-star Star Trek film over many a four-star film any day, and there are a few really good scenes and quotable moments, such as the camping trip scenes with Kirk, Spock, and Bones and Spock's "not in front of the Klingons" quip. Undeniably, though, this really is the one Star Trek film you can skip or choose not to revisit, as it disappointing in a number of ways and adds very little to the overall Star Trek story arc.
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The fifth Star-Trek movie kicks off with a truly unusual phenomenon a 'Vulcan'
laughing.
Back on earth many of the 'Enterprise' crew are on shore-leave in 'Yosemite -
Park.
Meanwhile on-board a red alert is sounded with a directive from 'Star-Fleet'
Command to respond to a crisis in the safe-zone on 'Nimbus III'
The crew of the Enterprise have to be gathered up to proceed on the mission
to free the hostages taken by the eccentric 'Vulcan' 'Sybok'
Upon arrival 'Sybok' hijacks the 'Star-Ship' his intention is to find the mythical
planet believed to be situated at the centre of the universe, 'Sybok' believes
he will find the creator.
Will the finding of the planet bring them face to face with God himself....does
the planet exist, if so, what will they find ?
The Captain has to strike up an unlikely alliance to resolve the issues involved.
There is plenty of humour harboured within the Space-Age adventure.
This is a pretty good HD update of this 1989 'Star-Trek' movie.
Special Features -
* Commentary by - Michael and Denise Okuda' and 'Judith and Garfield Reeves
-Stevens' and 'Doren Docherman'
* Star-Trek Honours 'Nasa' HD
* Hollywood Walk-of-Fame - 'James Doohan' HD
* Star-Fleet Academy - 'Nimbus III' HD
* Blu-ray Exclusives -
* Library Computer IQ
* Previously released Content
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on 29 December 2013
Definitely the most underrated of all the films in the series, Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier is a success on many levels. Of course, living up to the hopes of the previous trilogy (meaning Star Trek's 2, 3 and 4), would be hard to ask, but it felt different in a good and refreshing way.

One of the best things about Star Trek 5 is the interaction between the main characters. The film really shows how close Kirk, Spock and McCoy are and how their strong friendship has kept them going. There are many memorable scenes revolving around the three, most notably the campfire scene - brilliantly written. The film is also very humorous, and I believe the humour to be the most successfully executed in this one out of all the Star Trek films. Like Star Trek 3, The Final Frontier captures the feel of the original show which gives a sense of warmth to what you are viewing. Another major plus side of the movie is it's score, yeah they might have nicked it from TNG, and the Motion Picture, but who cares. (It shows the Star Trek spirit.)

Sometimes in Star Trek 5 though, the special-effects don't work quite as well, they are done more cheaply. Compared to Star Trek 3 for example, the visual effect of the Enterprise is obviously lower budget, and some shots don't look very good. However, many visual images do work well. William Shatner, who directed had so much grief about this film as the critics slated it - an unfair slating at that. The only reason I can see for them axing it, is that the plot was a bit too far-fetched; otherwise I can't see the problem. Yes, Cybok's mob might have been able to take over the Enterprise a little too easily as they maybe had gotten through the great barrier a little too "easily", but get over it. Sometimes Star Trek 5 couldn't decide whether it was becoming a serious film or a little comedy, personally I think both blend together well. Some reviews have suggested that the second half of the film had fallen prey to too many humorous remarks, but I think the jokes and funny side of the film worked. There are some serious matters in this film, like religious beliefs and so forth that are handled really well. The character of Cybok is intriguing as you wonder about him and his powers; you also wonder where he is taking the Enterprise. One thing that could have been dealt better in Star Trek 5 is the way the final confrontation was handled, it needed more tension - but it was still satisfying as an ending.

The Final Frontier did not deserve to be slated, it's much underrated. It has some great action sequences, it is well acted, has an engaging plot and keeps you hooked and interested. This film is by no means the greatest Star Trek film ever because all the other Kirk movies rank above this one except The Motion Picture, but it's not bad at all. The film is good, Shatner directed it well, and you need to see this film if you are a Star Trek fan.
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I apologize for the five stars. I love all the old Start Trek stuff. This film topic was considered to be part of the original TV series, however it was believed due to the heavy theological nature of the film, that they could get backlash from it. Instead they gave us that strange hippies and Eden episode.

PLOT SPOILER. In case you weren't aware this is the one where Kirk finds god and kills him...or at least have the Klingons do it for him. This film contains the usual cast, drama, and humor. It wasn't until they started showing these film on Epix Drive-In that I realized the sudden camp value of Star Trek, something I never recognized it before. Granted "Lost In Space" beats out "Star Trek" head over heels in camp value, but I never saw Star Trek this way before.

What we learned from this film:

There is no black hole at the center of the galaxy, nor is there god.

There is a planet at the center of the galaxy that has no sun visible from space, but has one visible from the planet.

Women with cellulite are considered sexy by men throughout the galaxy.

Past episodes, such as V-ger hooking up with another satellite, are forgotten when making new films.

Scotty, the head engineer of the ship, doesn't believe in training and does all the grunt work by himself.

Mr. Sulu "Charting a new course" has taken on a whole new meaning.

All Romulan women are flawless beauties.

McCoy has maintained his southern prejudicial talk about Vulcans.

The landing party still consists of the top doctor on board and a new guy who gets killed.

Spock still comes out with the inadvertent pun, "Captain, Hold you horse."

Padded shoulders will come back in style in a few hundred years.

The red coats worn by the officers in this film are eerily similar to the one worn by Sarah Palin.

If you ever meet god, don't ask him why he needs a starship.
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on 29 October 2010
The Final Frontier has a potentially very interesting idea at its core about faith/religion and the manipulation of it by others to fulfil their own aims. However this idea is let down in a film which has a flawed stroyline and a very weak ending. It is still at times a quite light-hearted journey through the galaxy but the series is just starting to become cliched. All in all a potentially very interesting idea let down by its execution and a weak storyline.
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on 15 October 2015
This film is highly understated and often dismissed but the more time passes the more I appreciate this film, the ultimate quest the search for God is the main theme add the original cast, action, well crafted humour and heart felt scenes star trek V is still a gem if unpolished.
This film was plagued by budget constraints and poor marketing leading to poor box office through it did well enough on DVD to get star trek 6 made which is very good. Shatner himself criticized paramount on the way special effects and budget for as handled leading to a curtailed ending. The acting and story still manages to shine through. The reason I give it a 5 star is for effort the matter of the story is unique, humour, acting quality all make this still heads above most sci films if not the best in the series it still deserves to be among them.
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on 25 March 2015
It has been over fifteen years since I last viewed this movie and my opinion hasn't changed. It lacks so much of what the other Star Trek movies starring the original cast members have. There are jokes, but they fall flat. There is camaraderie between Kirk, Spock and McCoy, but it seems stiff and unnatural. The acting of the other members of the Enterprise crew is often awkward and with the exception of Sybok, the guest stars are uninspiring.
The Enterprise is undergoing a major refit, with only Scotty carrying out the repairs. There is a hostage crisis on a planet jointly administered by the Federation, Klingons and Romulans. The Klingon representative is a former powerful commander who is now a drunken sop. All of the main members of the Enterprise crew are recalled and still understaffed, they set out for the planet. The rescue attempt is futile, although there is a bright moment when Uhuru distracts nomadic tribesmen by conducting a fan dance.
Sybok takes over the Enterprise and sends it to a planet supposed to be the home of God. They do find a powerful being, but it is a prisoner on the planet and wants the Enterprise so that it can escape. Sybok distracts the being long enough for the Enterprise to fire a torpedo and kill it.
A Klingon vessel arrives and wants to capture and kill Kirk. Spock manages to persuade the Klingon general to order the commander of the Klingon vessel to cease his attack. Kirk is rescued and the movie ends where it began. Kirk, Spock and McCoy are in Yosemite Park sitting around a campfire and singing "Row Row Row Your Boat."
In my opinion, this is the worst Star Trek movie of the series. It fails in so many ways that it is hard to list them all. The only positive feature is that it is Star Trek, and even when it is bad, it is good enough.
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on 1 January 2015
Of all the Star Treks,film,TV, cartoon and internet from 1966 to date this must be the worst, give or take Spocks Brain

Thin plot,childish dialogue,daft effects and a cast looking way over-age are not helped by Shatner's poor direction

The cheaply made modern internet fan episodes show how poor this really is

No redeeming features

A surprising mess bearing in mind the 4th film's class and the 6th film;s high production values - didn't Paramount watch this before distributing it ?
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on 16 June 2013
Blu Ray makes this look worse than it is, HD shows the effects for the poor relation they are to the other films... but there is a warmth to this film that hooked me in. Shatner is brilliant in this, its a deeper look into the friendship of the crew. worth it for that alone. I am not a "trekkie" ( or is it trekky ? ) but I think is a great movie.
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