Since the Cold War against the Klingons was a metaphor for the Cold War against the USSR, this film mirrors the political thaw that occurred in real life. Kirk is ordered by his boss, Admiral Cartwright (Brock Peters AKA Ben Sisco's father in DS9 ), to meet with the Klingon peace delegation. He takes the Enterprise, with all the old crew (except Sulu and Rand, of course). Also along for the ride is Spock's protege Valeria ( Kim Cattrall ). The part was originally meant to be the character Saavik played by Kirsty Alley / Robin Curtis in the previous films, but for some reason the makers decided to change this.
The Klingons are led by Chancellor Gowron (David Warner - TMNT 2 - he was Human Ambassador in ST5: Final Frontier, a Cardassian in Star Trek: TNG and a human in Babylon 5 ) and General Chang (Christopher Plummer - ). Friendly banter is had by all, and the Klingons display a love of Shakespeare. Apparently they think he was one of them. Anyway, after the dinner has ended and the Klingons have returned to their ship, the Klingon ship is bombarded and boarded - presumably by the Enterprise. The unknown killers leave Gowron for dead. Kirk and McCoy beam across to help, but Chang blames them and has them arrested.
The Federation President (Kurtwood Smith - Robocop ) complains to the Klingon Ambassador (John Herman Munster - Babylon 5 ), but to no avail. Spock's father is present, still Vulcan Ambassador after all these years! Kirk and McCoy are put on trial, defended by Worf (Michael Dorn, playing the grandfather of his character in ST: TNG ). The frame-up is perfect, and they are sentanced to life imprisonment in a gulag, a Cold War reference to Siberia. There they meet the babelicious Iman (David Bowie's wife), who promises to help them escape.
Banner's sidekick is a young doctor who has the power to summon the mystical norse warrior, Thor. Yes, this is a complete butchery of the original Marvel comics - but what the hell, it is fun.
The ass-kicking proceeds well, and the guys make headway into the two-dozen plus monsters that have been detected. However, they find themselves up against something even worse, courtesy of Tippett Studios (who created the AT-ST and ED-209). The explanation of how these creatures appear (spontaneous evolution!) is ridiculous, but then the film is not meant to be brain-taxing.
This is the film that lead to Reeves becoming a major movie star. He is so good at being a clueless Californian dead-head ... almost as if he is not acting at all.
The soundtrack includes the theme tune from Where Eagles Dare. UK SF novelist Ian M Banks was apparently one of the extras in the final scene.
The babes are captured by arch-villain Overdog (Michael Ironside - V ), a hideously disfigured cyborg. Ernie Hudson ( ) is the token black guy, who ends up helping Strauss.
Julianne Moore plays Goldblum's girlfriend, who thinks that because she photographed some lions in a game reserve once she can camp out near carnivorous dinosaurs without being in any jeopardy whatsoever. Also, as always in this kind of film, there is a cute kid that comes along for the ride.
In the first film the British big-game hunter was played by Bob Peck ( Slipstream ). Here, a very similar character is played by Pete Postlethwaite (The Usual Suspects). He leads a well-armed group of big-game hunters, but, thanks to the stupidity of one of Goldblum's team, all the humans on the island are trapped at the mercy of the dinosaurs! And when the T Rexs finally chomp down on human flesh, the CGI gore is far worse than anything else the PG-13 certificate would imply. Luckily, film censorship is generally aimed at low-budget films. Because this is a big-budget Spielberg production, it gets away with things no other film could.
It is wonderful to see Price strut and Lorre bumble as they go about their fiendish work.
The high points? Well, Teri Polo plays Sheen's GF. The plot is pretty good (although it seems predictable towards the end, there is a good twist), and there is a great action scene involving a bath-tub.
The ghosts call upon the title character (played by Michael Keaton - Batman ) to exorcise the unwanted living people from the house. Unfortunately he exceeds his mandate and tries to marry Winona.
Curtis' character's love interest is played by his RL wife Janet Leigh .
Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King (voiced by Chris Sarandon - Fright Night ) is King of Hallowe'en land. While in a fit of depression he stumbles across Christmas-Land, and forms a plan. He kidnaps Santa and replaces him ...
This pays homage to a variety of different Sci-fi stories. There is even an unlikely cameo by Brent Spiner ( Star Trek: TNG ).
The only one who can track down Robin is a young woman ( Amy Irving ) who has a telepathic link with him. Kirk sends his girlfriend ( Carrie Snodgrass ) undercover in the villain's Chicago clinic, run by reluctant conspirator Charles Durning ( Dark Night of the Scarecrow ).
Sean Connery ( League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ) is excellent as Bond, while Honor Blackman appears as Pussy Galore - the villain's henchwoman, whose icy lesbian exterior is melted by Bond's manly charms.
He heads to the Bahamas to investigate Daniella Bianchi , based on nothing more than the fact she was sister to a SPECTRE victim. Of course, she looks good in a bikini so nobody complains.
The title role is played by the babelicious Maud Adams , who had the distinction of being a Bond girl twice. Kristina Waybourn plays Magda, her equally babelicious blonde sidekick. Her partner Kemal Khan (Louis Jordan - ) is secretly plotting with renegade a Ruskie General (Steven Berkoff - ). Remember, the cold war was very much active when this film was made.