Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
The first Star Trek movie was a sober, philosophical tale that wholly embraced series creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a utopian, conflict-free future. It was also achingly slow and a box-office flop.
For the sequel, director Nicholas Meyer had to contend with a tiny budget – reusing sets, costumes and even footage from the first film. Much of the action is confined to the bridges of the starships Enterprise and Reliant – realised using one set; despite those limitations – or perhaps because of them – The Wrath of Khan is a far superior film.
Embracing, rather than ignoring, the advancing age of the crew, and confronting them with a foe from their past in the form of Ricardo Montalban’s Khan, the film builds on themes of revenge and sacrifice. "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few,” indeed.