Adventure and Imagination Will Meet at the Final Frontier.
"...if you're a Star Trek fan, you won't be disappointed... Chris Hicks, Deseret News
|It's Stardate 8454.130 and a vacationing Captain Kirk faces two challenges: climbing Yosemite's El Capitan and teaching campfire songs to Spock. But vacations are cut short when a renegade Vulcan hijacks the Enterprise, and pilots it on a journey to uncover the universe's innermost secrets. The Star Trek stars are back for one of their most astonishing voyages ever, with all the fun and excitement fans have come to love. So buckle up for a thrilling leap into the unknown that's "as much a spiritual odyssey as a space adventure, and it's all the richer for it" (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times).|
"...has the Trek essence in spades... David Ansen, Newsweek
"...truly one of the most interesting stories in the Trek universe... Eric Profancik, DVD Verdict
"A science fiction thriller with the moral message that we should look for God within the human heart and appreciate the moral dimensions of friendship. Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"...the kind of thoughtful, exciting adventure that made the Gene Roddenberry TV series so compelling. TV Guide
Stardate 8454.1: In the windswept desert of Nimbus III, the Planet of Galactic Peace, a lone settler witnesses a man materializing out of the dusty horizon, offering to share and bear the settler's pain. With a laugh, the two join forces and plan to steal a starship. Cutting to the rock and scrub of another desert, the jeans-clad Captain Kirk is climbing bare-handed in Yosemite. After a near-accident followed by a night of beans and whiskey and campfire songs, Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and McCoy (DeForest Kelley) are called back from shore leave to the new Enterprise for an emergency mission. Counting on Scotty (James Doohan) to bring the new ship up to specs, they travel to Paradise City on Nimbus III, where delegates from the Romulan, Klingon, and Human races have been kidnapped. The crew soon find themselves joining kidnapper Sybok (Laurence Luckenbill), a renegade Vulcan desperate to discover the secret that lies beyond the Great Barrier at the center of the galaxy. A thrilling and thought-provoking directorial debut from William Shatner, the journey becomes a metaphysical quest for the meaning of life, as the crew of the Starship Enterprise comes face to face with "God."
Cast & Crew
Los Angeles Times
"...As much a spiritual odyssey as a space adventure, and it's all the richer for it. It has high adventure, nifty special effects and much good humor, but it also has a wonderful resonance to it..."
ReelViews 6 of 10
Every long-running movie series is likely to have a bad entry. Star Trek V is Star Trek's. Arriving in theaters when the phenomena was at an all-time high in popularity (TV's Next Generation, having just finished its second season, was an unqualified success), William Shatner's movie did its best to end the original crew's adventures once-and-for-all. However, despite a silly script, bad acting, and a somnambulant pace, The Final Frontier still couldn't manage it. Star Trek VI was still to come...After Leonard Nimoy was given a chance behind the cameras with Treks III and IV, William Shatner got his opportunity with film number five. In retrospect, this proved to be a colossal mistake, with the director's feature debut metamorphosing out of a collage of mismanagement, poor planning, and limited creativity. There's very little worth lauding in Star Trek V, a product which became anathema to fans and was hardly more warmly received by the general public...The film opens on Nimbus III, the "Planet of Galactic Peace," where the renegade Vulcan Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) is gathering followers for an invasion of the planet's only city. It's a promising way to start. Alas, The Final Frontier has its best moments before the opening credits roll...On the whole, Star Trek V is a highly forgettable motion picture, regardless of whether you're looking at it from the perspective of a Trek lover or a movie-goer. Aside from some nicely-barbed quips traded by Kirk, McCoy, and Spock, and an effective musical score by Jerry Goldsmith, the film is ignoble...The early poster campaign for this film asked the question: "Why are they putting seat belts in theaters this summer?" After seeing Trek V, the answer should be obvious: to keep people from leaving before the movie is over.
- James Berardinelli
Chicago Sun-Times 6 of 10
There was a moment in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" - only one, and a brief one, but a genuine one - when I felt the promise of awe. The Starship Enterprise was indeed going where no man had gone before, through the fabled Great Barrier, which represents the end of the finite universe. What would lie beyond? Would it be an endless void, or a black hole, or some kind of singularity of space and time that would turn the voyagers inside out and deposit them in another universe? Or would the Barrier even reveal, as one of the characters believes, the place where life began?...As the Enterprise approached the Barrier, I found my attention gathering. The movie had been slow and boring until then, with an interminable, utterly inconsequential first act and a plot that seemed to exist in a space-time singularity all its own. But now, at last, the fifth "Star Trek" movie seemed to be remembering what was best about the fictional world of "Star Trek": those moments when man and his ideas are challenged by the limitless possibilities of creation...As I've said, my awe was real. It was also brief. Once the Enterprise crew members (and the Vulcan who was holding them hostage) landed on the world beyond the Barrier, the possibilities of god or Eden or whatever quickly disintegrated into an anticlimactic special effects show with a touch of "The Wizard of Oz" thrown in for good measure..."Star Trek V" is pretty much of a mess - a movie that betrays all the signs of having gone into production at a point where the script doctoring should have begun in earnest. There is no clear line from the beginning of the movie to the end, not much danger, no characters to really care about, little suspense, uninteresting or incomprehensible villains, and a great deal of small talk and pointless dead ends. Of all of the "Star Trek" movies, this is the worst.
- Roger Ebert