Sunday, May 10, 2009

To Boldly Go...

With the Star Trek franchise on life support, following recent film and TV flops, this is just what the EMH ordered.

JJ Abrams' fingerprints are all over this one, and the end result is a fast-paced, hip, sexy, funny, and action-packed movie. If you're not a Trek fan, this one will make for a good popcorn movie (think Iron Man) - if you're familiar with the voyages of the starship enterprise, it will be a pure delight, offering back story to your favourite characters, and subtle references to all things Trek that will have you smiling from start to finish. As a fan of the original series, it was great to see a new set of actors bring the characters to life - Karl Urban's performance as Bones was especially strong.

And while I'm not in the habit of doing movie reviews on this blog, the opportunity to post the Jack Layton red shirt pic that's been floating around the net was too much to pass up.


  • This picture is not only real, Olivia Chow confirmed that both Jack and she had TNG uniforms custom tailored.

    No off-the-rack Starfleet uniforms for those two.

    By Blogger Corey Hogan, at 11:46 a.m.  

  • Awesome film, yes. And the new Bones was spot on; I recognized him from his tone of voice before we even got a clear look at him or a character introduction, and was mighty impressed. Sulu was by far the least like the original; Harold (sorry, the guy will always be associated with Harold and Kumar) was pretty good, but he didn't even try to capture George Takei's character.

    Nero wasn't too memorable as a Star Trek villain, but that's okay. Given that they were trying to re-introduce the franchise, they couldn't focus so much on presenting us with a new Khan.

    The biggest point I'd have against the movie is the same one I have against most Star Trek movies: it doesn't really capture the spirit of exploration that the series is supposed to represent (Star Trek IV is a notable exception). Instead, it's more like "here are all the Star Trek characters you love in an awesome action film." Not that I'm complaining; I'll just enjoy each (movies and old episodes) in different ways.

    Anyway, despite being more of a TNG fan, I loved this movie.

    By Blogger - K, at 12:03 p.m.  

  • I think it's worth noting that Jack's wearing a TNG red-suit, similar to Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as opposed to the traditional red-suit (like the one officer who goes with Sulu and Kirk to blow up the drill in the movie).

    By Blogger Ian, at 2:56 p.m.  

  • The new Star Trek keeps up the pace and thus keeps the audience's attention so much better than the other Star Treks

    By Anonymous Nomad, at 4:41 p.m.  

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