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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - 19/12/2011 2:39:06 PM   
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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Review - 19/12/2011 2:39:06 PM   
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Though it may be short on dazzling special effects, The Search for Spock is still a strong Star Trek installment, thanks to affecting performances by its iconic cast

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RE: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Review - 19/12/2011 5:25:54 PM   

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RE: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Review - 19/12/2011 6:28:20 PM   

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Not as good as 2 or 4 but still great, always watchable. I always felt the first half was better where they try and steal the ship and each cast member gets something to do - though without Nimoy it does suffer. Effects? The self destruct sequence is one of the best explosions in scifi and the appearance of the Bird of Prey is a classic image.

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RE: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Review - 19/12/2011 10:40:49 PM   

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Did this get re-released or something? One of the underrated Trek films although it is a bit clunky in parts, doesn't quite have the grace of Khan but still enjoyable with Christopher Lloyd hamming it up Klingon style.


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RE: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Review - 22/12/2011 11:28:58 AM   

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Great film love the effects and it has another  awesome score by James Horner. The cast really deliver the goods and Nimoy directs well.
Not as good as Trek II but I like Trek III a lot.


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RE: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Review - 2/1/2012 5:45:49 PM   
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"My God Bones. What have I done?"

"What you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live."

One of the best pieces of dialogue in the entire series.

When the Klingon kills Kirk's son that was a great bit of acting as well by Shatner - a great movie and thoroughly stuffs the 'odd numbered movies being crap' notion.

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RE: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - 30/6/2012 8:17:29 AM   

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To this day it still seems a funny choice to have cast Chris Lloyd as a Klingon. Such a wiry guy with a weak parched voice and definitely more of a comedic actor. I'm not sure he pulled it off really, I can see his his other amusing film characters shining through every time he's in shot hehe and he's not really very threatening. There isn't really any reason for him to be involved either, he's just there, in space, for no reason and decides to go after the 'Genesis' data, no background a tall.

So despite a slightly weak villain the main plus point is that the continuity carries on nicely from the second film with everyone present and correct accept the character of 'Saavik' (no longer Alley), of course the plot carries on nicely also. It actually feels very much like a huge film cut in two (this and 'Khan') or back to back filming, not much difference between the two.

The story does feel rather contrived with a major U-turn, 'Spock' had been killed off in a grand heroic manner to end the film franchise. The second film did well (unexpectedly?) so they had to think of a way to bring him back to life so the franchise could be milked further haha. This does equal much spiritual Vulcan jiggery pokery which is interesting but at the same time a bit heavy and tends to drag the sci-fi down into another realm or genre even. Personally I didn't like that side of the story, it just doesn't seem to work for me and its all too convenient.

I have always thought that the story behind 'David' being 'Kirk's' son was never really explored properly either. We discover this revelation in 'Khan' but its so subdued I would of thought we might get more in this third film, but no. Even in death 'kirk's' son gets no real epic send off, the whole thing from start to finish is glossed over pretty lazily really, oh well.

Everything else within the film is pretty much the standard look and feel of the second film simply carried on, nothing much to rave about really, its all quite average. Effects are still rather poor to be frank, the starship sequences look a touch neater this time but the planet surface of 'Genesis' has some nasty obvious set work accompanied by some even worse destruction effects as the planet disintegrates. 'Kirk' and company even remain in the same uniforms for this continuing adventure!. Both the second and third films have one other plus point in their favour and that was Horner and his instrumental score. The first film lacked a good score but this is fixed with gusto by Horner as he provides much needed emotion and vigor to the films. That was one reason the first film seemed a bit limp at times.

Its all a bit hokey in all honesty, almost like a young teens comicbook film. It does seem like this story idea could simply be a small chapter in the Trek universe that could of been explained within a TV episode, there really isn't any outstanding movie moments a tall. Speaking of hokey...don't you just love seeing Shatner in fist fights, the finale fight between 'Kirk' and 'Kruge' really was pretty dire to say the least haha. Talk about fluffy theatrical fisticuffs! never at any point does it look real or remotely intense, lets face it neither actors are the athletic fighting type. Absolutely terrible yet probably close to the real Star Trek of the mid 60's, I did enjoy that scene.

The whole film feels very much like a 'made for TV' movie and only slightly less cheaper looking than the second. The acting is wooden but that is part of the charm admittedly, we expect that, but the film just doesn't have any cinematic impact what so ever. Funnily enough this film does also feel closer to its TV origins than the semi serious sci-fi of the original (as did 'Khan'), I put that down to the low values of pretty much everything, 'cardboard effects'.

End of the day you just can't go wrong with a good old fashioned adventure with the old crew of the Enterprise. This film is probably a bit worse than 'Khan' but it still manages to be fun in a very silly quirky way whilst remaining faithful to original source material. Can't deny its always a good romp.

Keep an eye out for the small cameo by Miguel Ferrer as a crew member onboard the Excelsior

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RE: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - 9/7/2012 12:13:46 PM   

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there was a Spielberg/Lucas feel to Star Trek III - it was obviously influenced by those big movies coming out in the early 80s - the cantina scene, giant alien microbes, the end fight on Genesis feels like something out of Temple of Doom with all the lava - i know it was more of a homage to Kirks TOS fistfights but it had that Indy feel to it too. Plus there was a distinct 'Empire Strikes Back' feel to the plot - the darker 2nd part of a trilogy where very bad things happen (Kirks son is killed, ship destroyed, crew become renegades - Solo captured, Lukes hand, Vader is revealed to be his father) ....Crews split into 2 before converging at the conclusion (Kirk and Co on Earth/Enterprise, David, Savik and Spock on Grissom/Genesis - Luke on X wing/Dagobah, Solo, Leia etc on Falcon/Cloud city)... Members are caputured by the villian and held to ransom (David, Savvik, Spock - Solo, Leia) before the main guy comes to the rescue....Climatic fight between the main character and villian...Mysticism thats only believed in by main character (Kirk - Vulcans with the body transference...Luke - Yoda with the force)....Downbeat film with a hopeful though unresolved ending leading directly into the next film.....The gag of the USS Excelsior's that has to jump in Hyperspace/warp and sput-sput-sputted = Falcon

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RE: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - 10/7/2012 5:42:57 PM   


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I always felt the first half was better where they try and steal the ship and each cast member gets something to do[img][/img]

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