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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Movies: Star Trek: A Review

Sunday, May 10, 2009 Posted by Chris Tung , , No comments
I preface this by saying I am not a Trekkie. I haven't watched any of the Star Trek series or films religiously, and my only knowledge of the series before watching this film was from conventions, my Trekkie Uncle, and the handful of episodes I have seen from all of the many Trek shows that have appeared when I was born.

However, when the credits rolled, I understood why the movie was getting the praise that it had been receiving. To be short, the film is fantastic.

While keeping the existing Star Trek canon in their minds, J.J and his writing team created a Star Trek series that any dedicated fan or newbie can get behind because the movie doesn't disconnect the viewer from the experience at all. The characters are as real as the people watching, and the plot is brilliant enough to include the legendary Leonard Nimoy while at the same time explaining why this new Star Trek world is a bit different than the one it has come before. Let's just say that it definitely takes a cue from the Lost team.

The action was intense without being over the top. Actually, the action was over the top, it just wasn't improbable. In the hi-tech, hi-action world that they fleshed out, everything seemed real, which is why I believe a nod should be given to the special effects team. Unlike the poor work that was seen in X-Men: Origins, every explosion, every particle of debris, even down to the tiny bits that make up the intense photon lasers, it all seemed real. It all was breath taking.

The actors were perfectly cast. I was unsure about many of the people they picked. I know I don't have a deep understanding of the intricacies of each character, but Chris Pine seemed to "pretty-boy", John Cho was Korean, and Simon Pegg was a comedian. Some things didn't seem right. Definitely don't judge a book by its cover. Every character had humor, emotion, and life behind them which is tough to say when you consider that Vulcans have to be emotion free. However, Zachary Quinto made it work. He made the struggle of finding an identity real, and when he finally unleashes his emotions, you feel the anger and turmoil that he releases.

I know I've been rambling about how great this movie is, but if you still don't believe, then I challenge you to watch the first few minutes and tell me that you weren't blown away by the brilliant characterization, acting, and directing that happens before you even see the title of the film. Once you see that first battle, you'll know why everyone will be talking about this.

4.5/5

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