On the occasion of the release of Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond , on August 17, Cinérama has mobilized to offer you a ranking of all the films of the Universe Star Trek, created 50 years ago by Gene Roddenberry . From Star Trek the Motion Picture in 1979 to Star Trek Intro Darkness in 2013. A ranking from worst to best, informative and not claiming to hold the supreme truth, despite the words of its author.
Star Trek VI: Undiscovered Country by Nicholas Meyer, released in 1991
And at the bottom of the rankings is Star Trek VI. The heroes are aging, they are starting to show off. It is a work that in 1991 is too dated and still works according to the TV codes of the 60s. You will understand, this movie is 30 years late. The weight of the future will be made up of the original series. Far from being avoided, this episode testifies to the end of an era and the need to stop before it is too late …
Star Trek V: Williem Shatnar’s Ultimate Frontier, released in 1989.
In the Star Trek saga (and even one of the worst films in the history of cinema, just that …), Star Trek is finally only the report of a franchise. There is not much more to tell, so it becomes mystical and sometimes incomprehensible and incoherent with what has been before. The Final Frontier is certainly not a success but worth seeing, if only for the meeting of the original cast. Even if the suspicion of the use of walkers is omnipresent, a certain nostalgia now follows suit.
Star Trek: Nemesis by Stuart Baird, released in 2002.
Last cinematic adventure for the cast of Star Trek: The New Generation, this Nemesis is pale. Just like the antagonist played by Tom Hardy (yes yes, LE Tom Hardy). Once again with the movies Star Trek we are facing a work that has nothing to say and that adds nothing to the development of the universe. it is based on the achievements of the saga and proposes a work that could be lowered to a vulgar series episode … Problem when you want to appear in the cinema. Nemesis lacks ambition and inspiration, making this opus one of the least interesting.
Star Trek IV: The Journey Home by Leonard Niamey, released in 1986.
Here is a very strange part that this Return on Earth … The team of the Enterprise crosses the time and is found on Earth in 1986 to save … whales … If the green message is flagrant and inevitably positive, the quality of this fourth sequel, staged by Leonard Niamey , has something to leave you speechless. Closer to comedy than Space Opera, the scenario takes the audience back for an avalanche of gags staging the various protagonists, struggling with a world he does not know. If the film allows itself to be watched and promises a few funny moments, it seems very illusory and dispensable.
Star Trek: Jonathan Frakes’ First Contact (First Contact), released in 1996.
Once again the proposed footage plays on the return in time and the difficult adaptation of the members of Enterprise (those of the New Generation this time) with an environment they do not know. If this time the register of the comedy is left aside (whatever …), it is to linger on the origins of the space travel and thus the origin of the Universe Star Trek. A kind of prequel in the shape of a sequel, so to speak. The major problem of this First Contact is that it is too closely related to the series and may seem difficult to access for those who do not know the universe well. Between references and winks supported he closes too much on himself. Apart from that, far from being a bad film, this opus is rather pleasant, but does not break three legs to a Klingon.
Star Trek: Generations, by David Carson, released in 1994.
We are dealing here with a film in the shape of a torchlight passage. Some of the members of the original series come to meet the members of The New Generation. If this work is anecdotal enough and has a scene to rattle the purists, it is none the less the witness of an era. A definitive line is drawn on the past and sends Kirk and Spock retired, to give way to Captain Picard and his band. This is the last appearance of original members of the Enterprise at the Cinema and honestly, the film is only worth it for that.
Star Trek: Jonathan Frakes’ Uprising, released in 1998.
Transpose the myth of the fountain of youth into the universe of Space Opera and you get one of the funniest and most enjoyable Star Trek. Playing the map of the unbridled SF, this Uprising is an absolutely enjoyable moment. In addition he delivers one of the best villains in the saga, played by F. Murray Abraham (please!). Issues such as events are worthy of interest and action scenes are worth it. One may regret a certain laxity concerning the integration of this component in the saga, which finally looks more and more like an accumulation of individual episodes than the stones of a building destined to become a great complete work. Basically the schmilblik does not really advance with this story and there may be some boredom that settles,
Star Trek 3: In Search of Spock (The Search For Spock) by Leonard Niamey, released in 1984.
Shutter slightly What The Fuck? This Star Trek 3 is far from devoid of interest, quite the contrary. Very dark in his approach to the universe, it’stays a little more about the psychology of the characters, their attachment to the Enterprise and the links they have woven between them, we are in some way in the meta-history of this pop fresco. More than a crew, they are a real family, leaving no one behind. This opus had the heavy task of succeeding the huge episode II and, if it can not reach the same level, however, offers an interesting and different show making one of the most significant episodes of the saga.
Star Trek Into Darkness by JJ Abrams, released in 2013.
Second trip of JJ Abrams in the universe Star Trek, always on the mode remake / continuation / reboot. Ultra repository, whether in the series or movies, this episode can sometimes be lost in a fan service (the famous scene with the Klingon) moribund. Almost remake of Star Trek 2, this album can disappoint in its lack of scale (everything happens on Earth …), ambition and an unfortunate tendency to laziness in the development of its characters. But that aside, it remains a high-flying show, exciting and enjoyable to follow (thanks to the performance of actors.rices). This Into Darkness is not the ultimate reference opus of the Star Trek saga, as JJ Abrams thought, but a kind of best-of,
Robert Wise’s Star Trek the Motion Picture, released in 1979.
When in 1977 a certain Star Wars explodes in the global box office, several alarm tones sound everywhere in Hollywood. Especially at Paramount, a happy owner of the rights to the Star Trek series, which ten years after the end of the show, is a great success in its reruns. Neither one nor two, here is the crew of the Enterprise which is back in service. Hosted by Gene Roddenberry himself, supervised by Isaac Asimov himself, directed by Robert Wise, a regular at the SF resourceful, the adventure was running. Star Trek the Film is above all a success thanks to the nostalgia it gives off and the pleasure of its casting to find each other. The story, all in all banal, ultimately serves as an excuse to launch the adventure Enterprise in the cinema and that’s good. From the late ’70s three films on space are to remember, Star Wars, Alien and Star Trek The Movie.
Star Trek by JJ Abrams, released in 2009.
When the news fell that JJ Abrams was making a new Star Trek, a whole generation of young fanboys had to shudder. When the king of the geek adapts a film of one of the most cult universes of pop culture, it can not leave unscathed. And the bet is handy with this remake / suite / reboot (yeah it sometimes gets complicated …). If JJ Abrams can not get rid of some of his uncomfortable tics (the lens flair crap !!!) and sometimes remains too stuck to its basic materials (a little lack of madness), this Star Trek remains Not less one of the most successful, most successful and simply the most awesome ever shown on a movie screen. Just that…
Star Trek 2: Anger of Khan (The Wrath of Khan) by Nicholas Meyer, released in 1982.
Unchained and undeniable, Anger of Kahn remains the best incursion of the Star Trek Universe to the Cinema. It’s very simple, in this movie everything is good. issues at the storylines, a true masterpiece of the SF Space Operatic. One of the only adapted works of the series is aware of what it is. This film is the sequel to an episode aired in the 60s, but it can not be opened up to you, but you can not know the star Trek universe, or to have seen the first episode to take a huge pleasure in front. It’s rhythmic, it’s generous, it’s efficient, pure 80’s product like there was little. Note that it came out in 1982, a blessed film year of the Gods, which saw on our screens landed pure masterpieces which is now part of this Wrath of Kahn.If there is only one best star trek movie to see, or in priority, it is this one. Amen!
Isaac Asimov and Gene Roddenberry
The best star trek movie Universe, created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s, owes a great deal to Isaac Asimov’s literature. whose influence on this universe is flagrant. The two men were also very good friends. Fifty years after the best star trek movie debut on TV, the universe has gone through several hands for diverse results, ranging from the very best (Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn) to the worst best star trek movie Series: Voyager 1995). and 2001). Today more than ever, this monument of popular culture fascinates and attracts new trekkies (name given to fans). With the release of a thirteenth film on August 17, 2016 and the broadcast in 2017 of a new series (Star Trek: Discovery), the almost infinite universe that offers this saga does not seem ready to end its expansion. To be continued