Star Trek—The Motion Picture | Chicago Reader

Star Trek—The Motion Picture

Paramount Pictures bakes a $40 million loaf of Wonder Bread—this 1979 movie adaptation of the cult TV series is blandness raised to an epic scale. Robert Wise's bloodless direction drains all the air from the Enterprise, as his characters inevitably lose their individuality in the mechanical click-clack of his crosscutting. This is the sort of craftsmanlike direction that gives craftsmanship a bad name—the film is dully competent, without one spark of risk or invention. With the entire TV cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, etc, etc. 132 min.

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