Star Trek: Wrath of Kahn, directed with great science-fiction ability by Nicholas Meyer, is a space-zipping adventure, a battle of vengeance and past moors. It’s based on Gene Roddenberry’s classic television series that brought modern-problems into space, and it retains the same stars with William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock.
The film starts as a meditation on Captain Kirk’s purpose: During this time in his life, he trains future starflight commanders, through the simulations he excelled at. But his longtime friend and doctor, McCoy, played by DeForest Kelley, sparks a nostalgia on Kirk’s solemn birthday. He dreams of more exploration. He receives this, but through duty, not self-action: After two of his men port onto a desolate planet, they find a compound ravaged by time, and are soon taken over as hostages by Kahn, a vengeance-bent genetically-engineered man, putting Captain Kirk responsible for his wife’s death. He wants the genesis, a matter-expanding device that can create whole planets.
The spaceship battle of wits that ensues between the two masterminds, the calculated Kahn and the human strategist Captain Kirk, is for the ages. The set design is highly-efficient, and the logical-dialogue is spot-on. I was never a fan of the star trek series, but even if one is not, The Wrath of Kahn is still a crowd-pleasing affair: fast, pulp-like vengeance, and a strong storyline and characters. A must-see for any science-fiction fan.