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Star Trek

Yeah, it’s movie-review time again.

As you’ve already heard from every other reviewer in the universe, the new “Star Trek” movie is pretty spectacularly awesome. I’m not a big enough Trekkie to have made the first showing (I’ve got a severe allergy to people who show up for movies wearing costumes), but my brother and I took a break from installing insulation Sunday afternoon to hit the theater. I’d been taking the early reviews with a grain of salt — I remember how wildly enthusiastic the “Star Wars” fans were when “Phantom Menace” hit the big screen — but I got won over very fast.

No spoiler here — all the action here takes place in an alternate universe from the standard “Star Trek” continuity, which gives the filmmakers the opportunity to reboot classic “Star Trek” into something new for the 21st century. And even better, they gave the whole thing to a guy with no connection to previous “Star Trek” movies — J.J. Abrams, a dude who is best known for producing and directing action movies and wildly complicated TV shows. As a result, you get a movie that, while very respectful of classic Trek’s history and performances, doesn’t feel duty-bound to precisely replicate them, especially when audiences would rather enjoy some brawling, some stuntwork, some thrills, and some shocks.

I was expecting the least from Chris Pine, the guy who was picked to play the new version of James Kirk, but he ended up being the best surprise — he doesn’t try to channel William Shatner, but he does bring the essence of Kirk — the brash, cocky, womanizing bad boy — to the screen. Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, and especially Simon Pegg as the uncommonly funny Montgomery Scott are pretty much perfect, and everyone else is really close to perfect. Eric Bana’s genocidal Romulan Nero is an extraordinarily appealing character — party psycho, part charmer (I’m wildly in favor of his initial greeting to Captain Pike), and almost as good a villain as Ricardo Montalban’s Khan Noonien Singh or Christopher Plummer’s General Chang.

I’ve seen some complaints that it’s got too much action. I’d consider that a legitimate complaint if it was bad action or pointless action, but it’s not. It’s good action that serves the plot and doesn’t get in the way of character development. Yes, McCoy, Sulu, Scotty, and other characters don’t get as much screen time as Kirk, Spock, and Uhura — I certainly would’ve loved to see Pegg and Urban get some more time in front of the cameras. But this is an ensemble cast — there’s just no way to make sure all of them get equal time.

I think it’s a great movie, and a great way to reboot the series. I’m looking forward to the sequels.

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  1. ROBERT Said,

    May 11, 2009 @ 10:12 am


  2. Karen Said,

    May 11, 2009 @ 11:36 am

    I’ve seen it twice and I will most likely see it again. Wonderful film, and surprizingly funny.

    Easter Egg: Chris Doohan, the son of the original Scotty can be seen in the Transporter room with the new Scotty. Cool beans.

  3. Kenny Ketner Said,

    May 11, 2009 @ 11:48 am

    It’s most likely the best summer movie. I’m ready to see it again too. 🙂

  4. Will Terrell Said,

    May 11, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

    well its no Phantom Menace. j/k 🙂

  5. Steph Said,

    May 11, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

    It rocked, that’s about all that can be said.

  6. Scott Slemmons Said,

    May 11, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

    I’d heard about Chris Doohan, but did you know that Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon prof whose “Last Lecture” gained fame because he actually had terminal cancer, played one of the crewmen on the USS Kelvin?

  7. VoodooBen Said,

    May 11, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

    Saw it twice now, will probably see it again. Spectacular film, and I’ll be doing my own review of it most likely tomorrow – http://www.myspace.com/voodoo_ben_again.

  8. 2nd of Six Said,

    May 12, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

    I’m sure that Trekkers all over the Hub City area will be waiting breathlessly for your review.

  9. Karen Said,

    May 13, 2009 @ 8:33 am


    Mr. Pausch can be seen walking past the Captain of the Kelvin. He has a small line