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Time Out says

Tue May 5 2009

Cheerfully bucking the trend for dark, miserablist blockbusters, ‘Lost’ creator

JJ Abrams

has updated the ‘Star Trek’ franchise for the twenty-first century without resorting to political allegory, moral wrangling or the sadistic violence that characterised similar reinventions like ‘The Dark Knight’. It’s true that an entire planet gets blown up, but the characters swiftly recover on their way to another round of phaser-firing, evasive-manouevring, quip-trading action.

The script details the early years of captain-to-be James T Kirk (

Chris Pine

) and his taciturn Vulcan sidekick Spock (

Zachary Quinto

) and is deceptively clever: it works both as affectionate fanboy nostalgia and as a neophyte’s introduction to the ‘Trek’-verse. By employing a time-distorting narrative, complete with mind-mangling multi-dimensional techspeak, Abrams and his writers allow themselves to refit this fictional future completely, keeping the good stuff (beaming up, warp drives, that inimitable ship design) while jettisoning most of the increasingly convoluted mythology.

It doesn’t all work:

Eric Bana

’s Romulan villain feels too familiar, just another plasticine-headed psychopath with a grudge against the universe. The climax, too, is undercooked: ten minutes of noisy ship-to-ship combat with very little emotional investment.

But these are minor complaints when stacked against Abrams’s many successes. The flawless design wittily updates the ’60s series’ sleek art deco interiors and throws in a few Lycra miniskirts for good measure. The cast are equally strong: Quinto brings wry charm to an otherwise calculating character, while Pine powers through his performance in bullish, if not quite Shatner-esque fashion. The only sore thumb is

Karl Urban

’s McCoy, whose ‘Damn it, Jim!’ impersonation feels a little too close to pastiche.

The overall impression is one of unbridled enthusiasm on the part of the film’s makers, both for its predecessors and for the brave new universe Abrams and his crew are exploring. Perhaps the best summary of the film comes from Captain Kirk himself, dying on the side of a distant interstellar rock many decades later: ‘It was… fun.’

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Fri May 8, 2009

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J.C. Byrd

Oh that's to bad for you "Kazuma" because JJ Abrams is planning shoot the next Star Trek sequel in the August and to be release sometime in summer 2012... checkout the latest news at "trekmovie.com". Awesome!

J.C. Byrd

Oh that's to bad for you "Kazuma" because JJ Abrams is planning shoot the next Star Trek sequel in the August and to be release sometime in summer 2012... checkout the latest news at "trekmovie.com". Awesome!

Kazuma 1176

JJ Abrams must never be allowed to touch another Star Trek movie. The bad guy was a terrible actor, his ship was ridiculously large, like flying a high school gym around, the story line was crap, Old Spock and New Spock meeting? Forget about tearing the fabric of time, the inside of the Enterprise looked like an old refinery, not 25th century at all, and the constant flashing of lights in lens and jiggling the camera for effects was great in high school movies, but completely killed the visuals for me. I for one will never pay to see a JJ Abrams movie again!!!!!

Rob Allen

Sensational a worthy addition to the series of films. If you consider the rubbish that was Star Trek 4 & 5 this is leaps and bounds above them. Great casting in the roles though Checkov is a bit OTT with his accent

Rob Allen

Sensational a worthy addition to the series of films. If you consider the rubbish that was Star Trek 4 & 5 this is leaps and bounds above them. Great casting in the roles though Checkov is a bit OTT with his accent

cwm

There are hundreds of ways Abrams could have gotten it wrong, ruining (for the devoted fans) rather than reviving the fading franchise. Give him credit: he got almost everything right! Hard to follow action scenes with too many jump cuts; a disconcerting fondness for faux lens flares and (just before a smash cut) fading to white. But after the invigorating experience of viewing this film, I feel reluctant to mention what seem like trifling complaints.

cwm

There are hundreds of ways Abrams could have gotten it wrong, ruining (for the devoted fans) rather than reviving the fading franchise. Give him credit: he got almost everything right! Hard to follow action scenes with too many jump cuts; a disconcerting fondness for faux lens flares and (just before a smash cut) fading to white. But after the invigorating experience of viewing this film, I feel reluctant to mention what seem like trifling complaints.

Dan P

This was the best movie I've ever seen. I believed the sincereity and motivation of the characters. I cared about them within the first 2 minutes of the movie. I was truley entertained and thought it was well worth the money.

Dan P

This was the best movie I've ever seen. I believed the sincereity and motivation of the characters. I cared about them within the first 2 minutes of the movie. I was truley entertained and thought it was well worth the money.

Jason E

Jim, you saw this film 6 times? I can only assume that you were testing your limits of torture and 6 was the limit.

J.C. Byrd

Excellent film, it was worth watching hope to see more in the future and BTW well said steven matthews about matty uk boring message lol...

J.C. Byrd

Excellent film, it was worth watching hope to see more in the future and BTW well said steven matthews about matty uk boring message lol...

Chris

There were some good effects and scenes in this film, but the actors were just far too annoying for me to give this film a decent rating, maybe it deserves a Three star rating but i cant give it more than Two as a result... Although it was nice to see the Old Spock and hear the old music and narration at the end! Is the russian kid really russian btw? Man that accent sounded so fake and annoying! Spock and his love interest were annoying, the guy who plays young spock irritates me, he was annoying enough in 24....

Kinglouie

clever, funny & down right brilliant. All the old favourites with a twist. The story is so clever that they can now start the the old Kirk, Spock & Bones startrek from scratch. It will keep us original Startrek fans & new fans coming back time & time again. I loved it.

Kinglouie

clever, funny & down right brilliant. All the old favourites with a twist. The story is so clever that they can now start the the old Kirk, Spock & Bones startrek from scratch. It will keep us original Startrek fans & new fans coming back time & time again. I loved it.

Jason E

This film was OK. Not great, but not altogether awful. I hear a lot of high praises for this film which I believe is more to do with Mr J.J. Abrams current a la mode status amongst the media elite. I am amazed at the amount of successful producers, writers and actors who think that they can turn their hand at film-directing. Each of these disciplines requires a different set of skills, and as such the mind-set of the individual is also completely different. A good example of these two approaches is comparing Abrams’ Mission Impossible 3 to De Palma’s Mission Impossible. In my opinion the De Palma film is by far superior, purely from a directing perspective. Abrams, coming from a producer’s background is a numbers man, and a very good number’s man he is, and as such his attempt at directing Mission Impossible 3 are clunky and pedestrian. De Palma on the other hand is a true creative and visionary and turns David Koep and Robert Towne’s screenplay into an expertly crafted film. For the mammoth undertaking of making a new revamped Star Trek film, you need a dedicated film director, someone who has studied the craft of film-making and has a proven track record as a film director. You also, and this is essential, need a director who is a fan of the Star Trek franchise, unlike Abrams, who, by his own admission, has stated that he has not been a true Star Trek fan. I tend to think that the mark of a successful film is not how much money is generated at the box office, but rather how many times over the years you can watch it over and over again and still find it entertaining. In my opinion the new Star Trek film will not survive the test of time, and is certainly not a film that will enjoy repeat viewing. It is rather dull and confusing and lacks that magical quality found in some of the earlier Star Trek films. Most notable of these films is Star Trek: First Contact. I have seen this film on countless occasions over the years and it never fails to be entertaining and thoroughly engrossing. Rather perversely, I watched the Phantom Menace the other day and was rather surprised to find that I was mildly entertained.

Matty UK

What utter bunkem. A huge fan of the original series with it's pre moderist story telling style. You know what I mean, none or this rediculous "the moral of the story is!" However, there have still been the occasional episodes in the newer series that have been ok. This said, even the original cast movies were inspired rather than the "NG" rubbish that were glorified tv epics that should have gone straight to DVD. So when I heard they were making a prequel with some interesting actor choices, I was excited. Then I heard whom would be directing. Well, if you liked Cloverfield, then you are welcome to this poorly directed load of tosh. The story is so very weak and may I say, utterly boring. There are holes in the timeline of when characters are introduced to the series. Decent actors are wasted, such as Eric Bana, who say's very little and does less. What's even more disappointing is that I actualy went to this film only hoping for a reasonable popcorn movie which for me is to go with no expectation other than to marvel at what new can be brought to the table with inventive special effects and well paced scenes. This film was done on a ZX Spectrum I'm sure. The ice fields monster was awful and looked oddly superimposed on a dodgy stage set. The space battle sequences were so rapaid that you could hardly make out what was going on, let alone be able to comment on how detailed the programmers had been. And finally, I understood that this was made in the hope or revitalizing the flagging franchise and to introduce it to a new generation, but surely there could have been a little more respect given to updating the bridge of the enterprise, rather than supplying us with something more than that dire, overlit ple of junk. The only saving grace for this film was that the script writer/casting given us Leonard Nimoy. As usual, is presence and the tombre or his voice carried the well deserved cudos of the character. All in all guys and gals. You want something that pays respect to the original cast and crew in an updated package.......then give this miss. If you feel like going to see a film totally unrelated to the original franchise but be delivered something well edited, scripted, directed that has excitement and entertainment awash......give it a miss. Should you wish you just get out the house and see a film that can mindnumbingly entertain with pretty colours and a moving pictures whilst you chump your way through a gallon of cola and a ton of popped corn and nothing more....give it a miss. If you have a desire to sit in a darkened room with a load of other people, feel bored, disappointed and angry for been duped into spending you hard earned money on utter pig swill....then go ahead and see this junk! It's your money, waste it how you wish! And Mr Abrams, please, please, please stop making movies, they are rubbish! One star for you ability to organise funding for a movie and knowing how to turn on a camera.

Patti

I totally agree with Equssa . . awesome fix for old time trekkies answered those old ponderables. Loved the vet scene with rowdy Jim. I almost stood up and cheered! Other than that I loved it.

Patti

I totally agree with Equssa . . awesome fix for old time trekkies answered those old ponderables. Loved the vet scene with rowdy Jim. I almost stood up and cheered! Other than that I loved it.

Fred

I've never seen a whole star trek episode in my life but I was still convinced by my friends enthusiasm to go and see this film. Unfortunately it was not my cup of tea. If you think that a few star ship battles, some people fighting on platforms high above the ground, a generous helping of explosions and a few witty comments is enough to make a good film this is the film for you. If you like me want to be surprised and amazed by story and dialogue I'm afraid it's not.

Rory

Wow!!!!! The special effects are brilliant so is the story line its star trek in a new image got to see best film 10 out of 10

Rory

Wow!!!!! The special effects are brilliant so is the story line its star trek in a new image got to see best film 10 out of 10

rick

I found the film to be of a very high caliber, but i must stress that if you found watching films like the matrix etc hard to follow then this one may not be for you. I thought the cast was particularly convinsing, especially the role of spock! I was never the kind of person who thought star trek could be a cool thing, in fact you might say i held it in contempt and labelled it (geeky) but i have to admit that with the sheer brilliance of the script along with the mind blowing special effects gave it a five out of five. Total escape, look away for ten seconds and you will find yourself struggling to find the plot though. Not that i would think you would want to look away. A REAL FIVE STAR FILM! THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR BY MILES!!!!

rick

I found the film to be of a very high caliber, but i must stress that if you found watching films like the matrix etc hard to follow then this one may not be for you. I thought the cast was particularly convinsing, especially the role of spock! I was never the kind of person who thought star trek could be a cool thing, in fact you might say i held it in contempt and labelled it (geeky) but i have to admit that with the sheer brilliance of the script along with the mind blowing special effects gave it a five out of five. Total escape, look away for ten seconds and you will find yourself struggling to find the plot though. Not that i would think you would want to look away. A REAL FIVE STAR FILM! THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR BY MILES!!!!

Belle aged 16

This film, despite not being anything to my taste, is a fab film. I am really not a Trekker, and I can't stand 'super hero' movies, and a lot of bits that were significant to familiars, like the real Spock being in it, didn't mean anything to me...so I suggest you get a bit of background reading/watching before you go if you're not already a fan. However, as a film, it is very good, enjoyable, and has some funny moments. Enjoy!

darren

The idea sounds great, Star Trek the early years however the story was too flat, the villan one dimentional the time story a cop out. Sorry but I found the whole film a let down. Even the special effects were too fast moving and confusing.I liked the Corvette Sting Ray mind you hence the one star.

Erin

So far, I've seen this film 8 times and plan to see it into the double figures before it finishes (I assume next week). Brillian film, loved it and I am a die hard Trekkie, even though TNG, DS9 and Voyager are my era, I love TOS just as much and this film blew me away!!! (Hence the many times I've watched it. Karl Urban as McCoy was my favourite of the crew, I just loved his "God dammit man, I'm a doctor not a physicist!" bit, wonderful!!! Main character review I disagree with is Nero, I adored Nero (Eric Bana for the win!) not just because he's damn sexy, but because I really sympathised with him. If you want more Nero backstory, read Star Trek Countdown, I'm sure it can almost be classed as canon.... Once again, it is an awesome film. I took my boyfriend to see it and believe me, he really doesn't like Star Trek and he enjoyed it... he still wont watch the series though! It is certainly a film for Trekkies and non-Trekkies everywhere. Only one sad point... Romulus has no future!!! *cries* I just love the Romulans! Live Long and Prosper.

Erin

So far, I've seen this film 8 times and plan to see it into the double figures before it finishes (I assume next week). Brillian film, loved it and I am a die hard Trekkie, even though TNG, DS9 and Voyager are my era, I love TOS just as much and this film blew me away!!! (Hence the many times I've watched it. Karl Urban as McCoy was my favourite of the crew, I just loved his "God dammit man, I'm a doctor not a physicist!" bit, wonderful!!! Main character review I disagree with is Nero, I adored Nero (Eric Bana for the win!) not just because he's damn sexy, but because I really sympathised with him. If you want more Nero backstory, read Star Trek Countdown, I'm sure it can almost be classed as canon.... Once again, it is an awesome film. I took my boyfriend to see it and believe me, he really doesn't like Star Trek and he enjoyed it... he still wont watch the series though! It is certainly a film for Trekkies and non-Trekkies everywhere. Only one sad point... Romulus has no future!!! *cries* I just love the Romulans! Live Long and Prosper.

Maria

I went to see this film with Trekkies and was a bit worried that I wouldn't understand it or like it much. But I thought the film was so great, I'm now working my way through the Next Generation series! The film stays loyal to the spirit of the characters, and although I'm sure a few references went over my head, I still enjoyed it massively!

Maria

I went to see this film with Trekkies and was a bit worried that I wouldn't understand it or like it much. But I thought the film was so great, I'm now working my way through the Next Generation series! The film stays loyal to the spirit of the characters, and although I'm sure a few references went over my head, I still enjoyed it massively!

Jon

Anyone that cannot make the leap required to enjoy this movie has failed to grasp the point. Star Trek was visually mindblowing when it began, and thank god for Eric Abrams as he has invited a whole generation of would be trekkies to come and join the fun and wonder. All you "aficionados" out there should stop trying pigeonhole this film with it's predecessors. This is as bold a move as the franchise needed, it doff's it's cap to it's family and then boldly goes..... Fabulous film, my hot dog was left to go cold, my chocolates were left unopened. Top quality SciFi, daft plot, high spec effects, ham acting (Simon Pegg in particular), and Uhuru is gorgeous. can't wait for the next one.

Jon

Anyone that cannot make the leap required to enjoy this movie has failed to grasp the point. Star Trek was visually mindblowing when it began, and thank god for Eric Abrams as he has invited a whole generation of would be trekkies to come and join the fun and wonder. All you "aficionados" out there should stop trying pigeonhole this film with it's predecessors. This is as bold a move as the franchise needed, it doff's it's cap to it's family and then boldly goes..... Fabulous film, my hot dog was left to go cold, my chocolates were left unopened. Top quality SciFi, daft plot, high spec effects, ham acting (Simon Pegg in particular), and Uhuru is gorgeous. can't wait for the next one.

Kool Kane

Its one of the best films ive ever seen! If you are thinking of seeing it and u cant descide just GO!!!!!!!!! It is the best action film ever! i never have watched a star trek episodes before but i thought that was AWESEOME!!!!

Kool Kane

Its one of the best films ive ever seen! If you are thinking of seeing it and u cant descide just GO!!!!!!!!! It is the best action film ever! i never have watched a star trek episodes before but i thought that was AWESEOME!!!!

londoc

This movie gets all my 6 stars since it's most brilliant with blow-up action (What's Red Matter anyway?), very funny (Can I have a towel, please?) and a very careful development of characters (All I have left is my bones.). It’s true that Leonard Nimoy’s dentures are sort of in the way (Good luck!). What I don’t understand is how Spock and Spock meet in the same time frame and simply stay there. The ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy in the 1980’s taught me that this time paradox can be very dangerous though I must admit that they had 3 different Michael J. Foxes in the same time frame at one point - and we’re all still here ... But to change the entire timeline like that is a truly brilliant move (We have to be unpredictable!) and opens the door for a whole new First Series (Scotty, beam me up!), movie-wise at least. Mr Quinto could have copied Mr Nimoy’s wobbling short-paced gait and his impersonation would’ve been perfect (I could say it’s against regulations but you would simply ignore me!). And why shouldn’t Spock fall in love with Uhura (what IS her first name anyway?)? But she would probably ask him: ‘Will you still respect me in the morning in 7 years’ time?’ May I coin the term ‘Trookkie’ for Mr Technoguy on this page? He can’t have been with the Trek world for long, so he’s a rookie as a Trekkie, hence Trookkie. Never mind. The name is Pike not Spike (though Chris Pike could mutate into Chris Spike if you pronounce it fast enough; but he always gets addressed as ‘Christopher’ not as ‘Chris’), and it’s Nimoy not Nimo. About Nimo or Nemo or maybe Nero (what? Romulan! Not Roman ...) as the name for the Romulan captain Eric Bana, I don’t know since I’ve never seen the name written down. But, Technoguy, I’m very glad about your comments and I agree with all of them! So, no hard feelings, ok? The casting was very elaborate. Not only do the young ones very much look and talk like the original ones (Dammit!), they succeed in impersonating the originals very nicely (Fencing!), and where they don’t (Do we, I don’t know, fire back?), the new timeline can be held responsible. The new Chekov’s accent needs some getting used to but he brings a lot of freshness to the set when he has trouble authenticating himself on line to address the crew because he has a hard time differentiating between ‘v’ and ‘w’. It’s funny how almost all characters have a definite American accent (which I love by the way but I might be the only one ...), even Spock and Nimo/Nemo/Nero who come from really alien places. With the notable exception of Simon Pegg of course (Do they still have sandwiches in the future?). Sorry, this got so long but I’ve watched the movie 4 times so far and pick up something new in every session. I hope there’s no editor in this here forum to just cut my comment in half and gets on with life, the universe and everything. But even if, live long and prosper anyway.

londoc

This movie gets all my 6 stars since it's most brilliant with blow-up action (What's Red Matter anyway?), very funny (Can I have a towel, please?) and a very careful development of characters (All I have left is my bones.). It’s true that Leonard Nimoy’s dentures are sort of in the way (Good luck!). What I don’t understand is how Spock and Spock meet in the same time frame and simply stay there. The ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy in the 1980’s taught me that this time paradox can be very dangerous though I must admit that they had 3 different Michael J. Foxes in the same time frame at one point - and we’re all still here ... But to change the entire timeline like that is a truly brilliant move (We have to be unpredictable!) and opens the door for a whole new First Series (Scotty, beam me up!), movie-wise at least. Mr Quinto could have copied Mr Nimoy’s wobbling short-paced gait and his impersonation would’ve been perfect (I could say it’s against regulations but you would simply ignore me!). And why shouldn’t Spock fall in love with Uhura (what IS her first name anyway?)? But she would probably ask him: ‘Will you still respect me in the morning in 7 years’ time?’ May I coin the term ‘Trookkie’ for Mr Technoguy on this page? He can’t have been with the Trek world for long, so he’s a rookie as a Trekkie, hence Trookkie. Never mind. The name is Pike not Spike (though Chris Pike could mutate into Chris Spike if you pronounce it fast enough; but he always gets addressed as ‘Christopher’ not as ‘Chris’), and it’s Nimoy not Nimo. About Nimo or Nemo or maybe Nero (what? Romulan! Not Roman ...) as the name for the Romulan captain Eric Bana, I don’t know since I’ve never seen the name written down. But, Technoguy, I’m very glad about your comments and I agree with all of them! So, no hard feelings, ok? The casting was very elaborate. Not only do the young ones very much look and talk like the original ones (Dammit!), they succeed in impersonating the originals very nicely (Fencing!), and where they don’t (Do we, I don’t know, fire back?), the new timeline can be held responsible. The new Chekov’s accent needs some getting used to but he brings a lot of freshness to the set when he has trouble authenticating himself on line to address the crew because he has a hard time differentiating between ‘v’ and ‘w’. It’s funny how almost all characters have a definite American accent (which I love by the way but I might be the only one ...), even Spock and Nimo/Nemo/Nero who come from really alien places. With the notable exception of Simon Pegg of course (Do they still have sandwiches in the future?). Sorry, this got so long but I’ve watched the movie 4 times so far and pick up something new in every session. I hope there’s no editor in this here forum to just cut my comment in half and gets on with life, the universe and everything. But even if, live long and prosper anyway.

Alison Griffiths

The best film I have seen in a long time - brilliant - I cried at the end and wanted to stay and watch it again

Alison Griffiths

The best film I have seen in a long time - brilliant - I cried at the end and wanted to stay and watch it again

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