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Movie Review

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Reviewed by: Ian Hosier
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Genre:
Sci-Fi
Length:
1 hr. 47 min.
Year of Release:
1989
Poster art for “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takai, Walter Koenig, James Doohan | Directed by: William Shatner | Producer: Harve Bennett | Released by: Paramount Pictures

SYNOPSIS: A renegade vulcan hijacks the “Enterprise” and leads it on a journey to discover the innermost secrets of the Universe. So begins a quest to find “God” who is thought to reside on some planet beyond the “great barrier” at the centre of the galaxy.

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES: An interesting film with some spiritual perspectives raised including the search for meaning and purpose in life which we can all relate to. The renegade Vulcan Sybok symbolises our own personal quest for meaning and purpose in life. The “great barrier” symbolises the great barrier of sin that separates man from God and the “God figure” they eventually find (actually not God at all—which Kirk correctly points out—but some evil alien being) symbolises the futility of our search for God without Christ. This film would have been even better if Kirk had not stopped at the end merely by saying (correctly) “God is found in the heart” but had told us how to find true meaning and purpose in a relationship with the true God of the universe (by repenting and accepting the Lord Jesus Christ)!

OFFENSIVE MATERIAL: The Lord’s name is taken in vain at least 4 times—more than any other “Star Trek” movie I have seen. There are some scenes of scantily clothed women (Uhura even attempts to seduce some nomad shepherds in one scene). There are some scenes of drinking and mild scenes of fighting and people being shot with phaser weapons and occasional swearing throughout the film. These aspects taint a film that has overall a very positive spiritual message.

RECOMMENDATIONS: I would not recommend this film to children due to scenes of violence and use of bad language. However, for Christian teens/adults this film could provide a useful discussion starter for a gospel presentation and get non-Christians thinking about the real purpose and meaning of thier own life.

Viewer Comments
Positive—As an avid Star Trek fan, I really enjoyed this film for its “having fun with the crew” feel. Brotherhood and loyalty to one’s friends is a common theme to Star Trek V. Although some have thought its “search for God” plot silly and un-Christian, I rather liked the idea. Its resolution was especially meaningful in Kirk’s realization that the alien was NOT God (closer to the devil in fact). The bold-faced pluralism of the alien was very akin to the lies of Satan in our world today: i.e. God is whoever you want Him to be. I’m glad that the film’s directors portrayed this kind of “one God, many faces” message as the terrible lie that it is.
My Ratings: [Average / 3]
—Joe Sears, age 20
Negative—I have to comment on this, as a Star Trek fan. This has got to be the worst Trek movie ever made. The story and script is on a par with the infamous “Spock’s Brain” episode. The effects are terrible. Yes, I see the reviewers points about God and the barrier and so on, but in my opinion that’s like looking for spiritual significance in “Plan 9 From Outer Space.”
My Ratings: [Average / 1]
—Timothy Blaisdell, age 38