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Friday, November 27, 2009

[9.25/10] Star Trek (2009)


Star Trek (2009)

"Star Trek" was going completely in a tailspin until "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams, came aboard to jolt the aging Trek franchise with a much needed rush of adrenaline! This is easily the best Trek film in twenty years, bringing back the excitement of James T. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and all the original crew back to their full glory. It is a true 21st-Century Star Trek - explosive, exciting, character-driven and a miraculous spectacle to behold. The movie follows the great action reboots before it in returning "Star Trek" to its origins: how the U.S.S Enterprise, the golden ship of Starfleet, protectors of the universe , came into being and how its characters forged their relationship on board its deck. The most impressive aspect of the film is the cast. The acting talent on display here is terrific, balancing the difficult task of capturing the soul of the well known characters and fleshing them out, without falling into the trap of merely impersonating the original actors. They succeed admirably: Chris Pine captures Kirk's cockiness and Zachary Quinto is great as the hotheaded younger Spock, but the most plaudits must go to Karl Urban as Bones, who is so good, you'd swear they cloned DeForrest Kelly. The supporting cast is also very effective, with Bruce Greenwood's Captain Pike the standout, adding earthy notes and depth to a character previously relegated to a horrible accident on the TV show. Visually the film is stunning, taking a leaf out of Star Wars book and hosting massive chaotic space battles, yet remaining much darker in tone. Director J.J. Abrams and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have outdone themselves by doing what many believed was impossible. They have not only revitalized the Trek franchise by making a great sci-fi/action saga that appeals to a wider audience, they have done so while capturing the spirit of the original Trek series.

  • My Rating: 9.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 95% (8.1/10)
  • IMDb: 8.3/10

5 comments:

DEZMOND said...

STAR TREK is my favourite this year's movie so far, it had an amazing quality: an almost flawless character development. All of the characters were really perfectly constructed and they all had chemistry and soul.
I hope that aspect will stay unchanged in the sequel.
While mentioning the actors, I agree that Karl Urban stole the show, but I would also applaud Chris Hemsworth, who had a short, but very good and very charismatic, role of Kirk's father.

nebular said...

I've never been a Trekkie, but J.J. Abrams' flick almost turned me into one :) I loved all the characters and thought the casting was flawless! My favorite so far is Tarantino's "Basterds". It was a product of a sick mind... brilliant sick mind! :) I'm curious about your thoughts on "Inglorious Basterds"... Review coming soon ;)

DEZMOND said...

My thoughts on BASTERDS?!? :)
Well, I think that Quentin is the most irresponsible director in the world, and I generally hate when people are socially irresponsible. I can't stand him and I don't watch his movies anymore. For me, he's an example how world's moral and ethics has gone terribly wrong.

But I have nothing against you being a fan of him :)

nebular said...

Well, I have to say I'm very surprised that you hate Tarantino!:О He might be irresponsible, but his movies are always original and brutally entertaining and I admire him for that reason. I think he's pretty unsympathetic and don't like his behaviour, but at the end of the day I don't care about the fact he's not a likable person! I care about his movies, most of which I love!
You've missed a lot with "Inglorious Basteds", Dez ;)

DEZMOND said...

yep,BURTALLY is exactly the right word to use when talking about him :)

Although I do agree that some movies should be entertaining and fun, using taboos and breaking moral and ethical codes and principles just to amuse your immature audience, making fun of death, blood, suffering, exposing kids to brutal scenes and killing their mothers in front of them... really isn't a characteristics that deserves any respect.
WHen filmakers turn serious things into humour they risk making their viewers insensitive to them in reality as well, because people just become numb. I strongly believe that such thing must never happen, because it will make this world even more cold-hearted and insolent.