|Cast: Chris Pine,
Director(s): JJ Abrams
Genre: Science Fiction
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This was the movie Deril was whining about somewhere else... it had early on been rumoured that Matt Daaaaamon would play a young Kirk...
Anyhow, I look forward to it. That being said, I am not slavishly devoted... if it is good, I will see it; if it is supposed to suck (e.g., like Superdooperman returns) I won`t bother.
Well, I'll hold back, but if there was ever anything worth PRE-bombing.......
I'm just hoping Jolene Blalock and Jeri Ryan reprise their roles somehow.
And are topless.
Oh, and give each other a farty soap sponge bath.
That is all.
Resistance is futile.
I actually have always found J.Ryan to be a little on the ugly side (even when she was on the O.C.)
Maybe that's because yer a... no, won't go there!
seriously though...her body is great, but her face is kinda meh-ish. I think she kinda looks like an alien even without the make up.
I guess all the Trekkie geeks blow their load as she's probably the hottest woman to even grace the Star Trek stage(s)
But what about Yeoman Rand?
Well, thanks to Mikey's post, just watched the trailer.
OMFG! Yup. Got the chills too.
I know I shall be castigated by mitchay for this, but ST is my one nod to nerdery, and the one area where mike's and my ven diagrams overlap!
Your ONE nod to nerdery?? Oy, where to begin?!?
Anyhoo, saw the trailer too, and bleeech!
An engineer's wet dream, no?
Though I will admit there's some diverse names in the cast: Winona Ryder (?), Simon Pegg as Scotty(of 'Shaun Of The Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz'), Karl Urban (a poor man's Kevin Sorbo - what does THAT tell you), Ben Cross (of 'Species: The Awakening' - POL!), John Cho as Sulu (from 'Harold and Kumar'!), and Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy thrown in for extra geek measure.
Gentlemen, start your slide rules!
Have to say I was most amused watching the trailer for Disney Pixar's UP thinking Mike was having a gizz-fest over some lame family movie. I watched it very closely for what Mike was on about... Needless to say I was relieved to see that he was actually refering to the new Star Trek film. Phew! I knew Mike has adopted a certain level of love for the "family-friendly" genre, but commmmeee-oooonnnnn!
Now, back to the ST trailer. Must say, I am disappointed. Looks too action packed and, if the trailer is anything to go on, over-edited. I await for the film with excitement, but the trailer has left me skeptical...
(Or, to put it another way, I got a lot more enjoyment from the trailer for "Fanboys". There is about a 1% chance that I will ever see that, but its trailer made me want to see it more than the ST trailer did...)
You see, action is what this franchise sorely needs.
Less chatter, more splatter! (I know, I know, the purists will disagree....fuck 'em).
I say bring on the CGI aliens and space sex. Anything to inject new life into a dull-as-dirt franchise. If this gets favourable reviews, I'm up for it.
Yeah - I thought the Pixar slip-up was amusing...just glad I didn't paste a pr8n link.
As for Star-Trek vis-a-vis action. OHMYF"INGGOD come ONNNNN....COME ON!!!!! You don't want to infuse a little CGI'd mayhem into your PRECIOUS "original crew" series? Actually make it accessable to today's youth and keep the torch going...??
Or are you looking for "My Dinner with Andre" in space???
I WANT EPIC SPACE BATTLES! THOUSANDS OF STARFLEET SHIPS CRASHING HEADLONG INTO PHASER'ED DEATH AND KLINGON/ROMULAN EXPLOSIONS...
All of these "Prime Directive" sociology of a native culture episodes/movies can kiss my ass.
I'm JAZZED for this one, kids!! (could you tell?)
Bring on the green t*ts!!
LONG LIVE PLONT!!
P.S. Surprised no one pointed out the connection to "Cloverfield" (and bashed it along THOSE lines)
I am not saying I do not want action, I am just bloody tired of the over-cgi'd thing already. Look! We can cram the screen with so much stuff that you won't know where to look! Why?! Because we can!
Anyhow, I am still a keener for this movie. I am just a bit concerned is all. I am also concerned that they won't be true to the characters of the original. We shall see...
Admittedly, they DO tend to OVERWHELM the screen with as much detail as possible (as the animators DO want to put the tech-credit in their portfolios), but I tend to like it...
As for the chars, I'm assuming they're going to "modernize" their personnas while staying in the time-honoured frameworks: Kirk will be hawte and broody - for the tweens, but still maintain his fists over brains approach to solving the ships problems.
Spock will be conflicted, but in a "Dawson Creek" kind of pseudo-deep manner.
Oh, and they won't use communicators - they'll use text-enabled iPhones!
ZOMG! I <3 it!
I hear there's a cameo by the James brothers.
No, but there IS a cameo by the JONAS Brothers...
(my GOD - I've sullied this thread permanently)
Well, all I have to say is Star Trek rocks!
Where George Lucas failed miserably, Mr. Abrams has succeeded. Whereas the prequel trilogy of Star Wars films was complete and utter BS, filling us in on a back story in a farcical, childish, and pathetic manner, this film completely succeeds.
The film looks terrific: I sat there thinking how I wished they had these kind of production values for some of the earlier Star Trek films.
The casting is truly outstanding. The unknowns playing Kirk, Spock and Bones are, frankly, perfect. All three of them manage to capture the essence of those most iconic characters without anything being cartoonish or falling back on simply imitating the original actors. All three are instantly recognizable as the three main characters, even though the faces are different.
The back story stuff is lots and lots of fun, as there are numerous references to earlier established back stories, so for those who are familiar with the original series and the movies will get lots out of it. And even if you are not a fan, there is plenty to enjoy.
The pacing is fast and fun, so those only vaguely familiar with Star Trek will have lots of fun.
My one complaint ?and it is fairly major - is that the plot is a too circuitous, involving way too much time travel / singularity / parallel space-time continuum stuff. Frankly, it confused me, and was distracting.
Nonetheless, a great popcorn, fun ride. I highly recommend this for a fun outing. It is, objectively speaking, perhaps the second best Star Trek movie yet made.
I am really hoping they can make more of these. With this cast and this style of direction, they have breathed new life into the series.
I was dreading that they were going to screw this up, I am most relieved to say that they did not.
I agree with Jeffy 100% (mark THAT in your Captain's Log)!
Now, speaking from the POV of someone who generally doesn't care for any Star Trek at all, this was indeed a fun, fresh, summer movie and the right way to reboot the franchise. Dare I say I look forward to what they will come up with next.
I caught a lot of references and nods to the previous series, though I'm sure there's probably a bunch of REALLY obscure stuff I missed that only the die-hards would notice. The film stands on its own though, and will embrace those who aren't familiar with the series or characters.
There's plenty of action for those looking for it (throwing some much needed 'Star Wars' into the 'Star Trek'), some cute humour, great visuals and FX that don't overtake the film, and nice groundwork for the origins of how these characters meet.
*minor spoilers, though nothing serious*
Minor quibbles: the time travel/alternate universe plot points were a little confusing and self-defeating, I thought Chekhov and Scotty came off as too cartoony/sterotyped, and there was a Hoth-like scene that, although entertaining, seemed misplaced and badly green-screened.
That aside, I went to have fun at the movies, and that mission was achieved. Plus it had She-Hulk!
Wow, hard to believe Mitchy and I are in complete agreement over a star trek film! We even agree on the problems with the film.
It almost brings a tear to my eye.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but this was a fucking great Star Trek movie!!
I laughed. I cried (not really). I was however taken in from the very first scene and really enjoyed myself throughout. I loved the casting. yes a little campy at parts, but hey Star Trek IS campy (at least the original stuff). If the next few Trek movies are along these lines, I will consider myself a born again Trekkie. I also liked that they FINALLY added some good F/X and budget to a Star trek movie which was sorely lacking back in the day (which is one reason I always took to Star Wars more).
As I'm not a fan, i was curious if Kirk's "big hands" segment was something from an old episode or something.
PS *** MINOR SPOILER****
Anyone notice the "red Shirt" during the sky diving bit?
Big hands? Not sure what part you are speaking of?
Okay, I remember now. No, no specific reference to the original series as far as I can remember.
FINALLY saw this (I always see movies 7-8 weeks/months after release...le sigh)...
As an admittedly non-fan of the origial cast, I found this iteration to be refreshing...good to see THOSE characters in a MODERN well-produced setting. Always felt the original series suffered GREATLY from, well, STUPID sets and cheese. I KNOW the cheese is all part of the fun, but TOO much cheese is.......cheesy!
ANYWAYS...my minor quibbles are kinda intrinsic in the whole film itself, that it tries to capture a whole what? 4-5 YEARS of series in 1.5 hours making the pacing TOO fast: Kirk is discover, enlists in Starfleet, yadda yadda yadda and here's graduation, all in five minutes.
This was MORE than made up for by what was GREAT about the original crew and Kirk as Captain: SCREW diplomacy...fly RIGHT AT the fucking enemy, BALLS TO THE WALL and fire ALL phasers and photons....WOOOOOOT!!!
I don't think there was a single scene of Kirk asking to "Open a Channel".
Another MAJOR quibble that had NOTHING to do with the crew: the FUCKING ASSHAT GEEK 2 rows back who decided to "squeee" with glee at certain parts and EXPLAIN to whomever cared about MANY scenes (at length during the Kobayashi Maru scenes).
I was also kinda puzzled as to the casting of Winona Ryder as Spock's mom....but whatever.
Hey, is it just me or does the new president-elect of Uruguay (Josť Alberto Mujica Cordano, known as El Pepe) look like James Doohan?
No 'U-R-Gay' jokes please.
RE-watch complete...geekgasm re-initiated!
BRING ON STAR TREK 2 fer crissakes!!!
There's rumour JJ Abrams might try to conquer the BIBLE of Star Trek story-lines....KHAAAAAAN!
Also, Chris Pine, who plays the new Kirk, will also be playing the new Jack Ryan, in THAT series next installment (directed by Kenneth Branagh!).
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