Star Trek

May 25, 2009 at 3:21 am | Posted in Film Review | 1 Comment
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I went to see Star Trek, a.k.a. Star Trek Rebooted, the other night. Warning: plot elements revealed

May 10, 2009 by


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The trailer looked good and as it turned out so was the movie.

This film reinvents the characters from the orginal TV Series in a way that the original Star Trek film in 1979 did not – but should have. The ‘reboot’ is nothing like the ponderous self-tributte of the 1979 film. Instead, we see the beginnings of the crew of the Enterprise (NCC 1701); and as it turns out an alternative crew, in what turns out to be an alternative reality! To be fair, this film could not be made in 1979, the fan base was not ready for a reinvention. But, 30 years on, with the fan base widened and diversified, and the plot universe getting crowded, with the example of Battle Star Galactica to follow, it was time. The ‘new’ characters are similar enough to the old ones, that old fans won’t object (too much). While newer fans, and soon to be fans, have lots to latch onto.

The casting of Zachary Quito as Spock was spot on. James T Kirk, played by Chris Pine, has been updated to be a brasher, more testosterone driven, action character. I think that the Spock character will overshadow Kirk character in the inevitable sequels to come – Spock comes across as the more complex character.

Uhura, reflecting modern views of women, is a much stronger character. She is more assured and aggressive than the original. She could turn out to be a very complex character in later films – certainly the base is there. Perhaps a tribute to Zoe Saladana’s characterisation.

Dr McCoy (Karl Urban), Lt. Sulu (John Cho) and Esign Chekov (Anton Yelchin) don’t get much of a makeover. I suppose there is only so much time in a movie, and these three seem pretty much as they always were.

The only new characterisation I did not like was Simon Pegg as Scotty. Scotty is now young brash nerd ! Oh well. He has also acquired a green companion who does – who knows what.

This is without a doubt the first in a series of new Star Trek films. The characters are re-invented, with homage to some of the highlights from the original TV series – like ‘the kiss’. A nice touch is the death of the minor character in the red suit – in the TV series, and Galaxy Quest, the guy in red always died; well guess what he does !

The universe is re-invented too. Through time travel, an alternate timeline is created. So future films will not be shackled by ‘the past’. Needless-to-say the crew save earth (and the Federation as we will come to know it) from destruction by Nemo – Eric Bana – the film’s villain. And in a homage to previous Star Treks, Wrath of Khan, the villain is given quite a bit of depth

A must see on the wide screen.

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