Star Trek – Movie Review

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The final frontier gets a much needed reboot in one of the best movies of the year.

I am not a big Star Trek fan. The only episodes i ever watched were a few of the Next Generation. I have seen 2 or 3 of the movies and have only caught a couple of the old original series. So i dont know all the characters or story lines, but maybe that is a good thing. I’m not sure how all the “Trekies” will like the movie but from a outsider point of view, this film was fantastic.

Director JJ Abrams (Lost, MI:3) does a brilliant job making Star Trek Enjoyable for all viewers. At a run time of 2:07 mins the movie flies by fast because of its non-stop pacing. It is constantly on the go and never lets up. Which is great. This is probably one of the most entertaining movies i have seen in years.

One of the biggest feuds in geek history is Star Trek vs Star Wars. I myself have always been a Star Wars guy. But i think after this movie, it might turn things around. Its hard to understand why Episodes 1-3 of Star Wars couldn’t have been like this film. George Lucas could really learn a thing or two from JJ. Actually now that i think of it, this Star Trek actually feels somewhat like Empire Strikes Back. You have the Ice Planet which people could compare to Hoth. Future Spock acts kinda like “a Yoda”.

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Speaking of Future Spock (Leonard Nemoy) and the whole Time Travel aspect of the film, It allows for a whole new story to be told. As he and the villainous Nero (Eric Bana) travel through a black hole/worm hole, they change the course of history making anything possible. This does kinda cheat as every story that had been told is now irrelevant. Things are different now. Does this anger the hardcore fans? Personally, i could care less. This is a fresh start now, a clean slate to make many more Trek movies and make them right.

The Good:
– Chris Pine as Kirk. He does an awesome job, comedic or serious he mixes it perfectly. This will surely skyrocket him to stardom. His interaction with McCoy (Karl Urban) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) was great also.
– The Action Scenes were amazing. Although i dont think explosions work in space because of the lackage of gravity… but they sure do look pretty. And who ever thought John Cho (Sulu) could be a badass?
– Simon Pegg as Scotty. Adds the right amount of comedy at the right time.
– The Directing and Visuals and beautiful. JJ does a great job creating this world and keeping our attention the whole way through.

The Bad:
– Anton Yelchin’s accent. Now i guess the character was suppose to be like that, but it came off as silly and slightly overacted.
– Beastie Boys in Star Trek? Never thought i would hear that. Not sure if this is a Bad thing… Just seems slightly out of place.
– Lens Flare much?
– Would have liked to have had more back story and development of Nero. Eric Bana who is almost unrecognizable in the film does a good job with what he has to work with. Its just hard to understand his motives.

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This is a must see movie for people who like having a good time at the theater. It has Action, Comedy, a little Romance, and a lot of Character.


Over the weekend Star Trek made 72.5 Million Dollars, my prediction was 71 Million. So far my summer movie predictions have been pretty close.


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