From director J.J. Abrams ("Mission:
Impossible III," "Lost" and "Alias"), producers Damon
Lindelof and Bryan Burk and screenwriters Roberto Orci &
Alex Kurtzman ("TRANSFORMERS," "MI: III") comes a new vision
of the greatest space adventure of all time, "Star Trek,"
featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no one
has gone before.
Space... the final frontier.
So . . .
Kirk: Buckle up!
Yes ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seat belts, put
your trays and chairs in the upright position, and hold on
to your arm rests cause this is a ride of a lifetime.
Disclaimer 1: this movie is for Trekkies and anybody who at
the very least has a passing acceptance for sci-fi movies.
In other words, even if you donít have familiarity with Star
Trek, there is a very strong chance that you will still
thoroughly enjoy this flick. If you do have familiarity, you
seriously do not want to miss this. I do have some
familiarity with Star Trek and I can tell you right off the
bat that if I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. I do
not recall ever seeing a sci-fi movie that almost brought me
to tears. Not from sadness mind you, but from joy,
satisfaction, and the utter majesty and significance of this
story. This is a true prequel to the whole Star Trek
concept. This is how it all began, J.J. Abrams style. You
know, I had a pretty good idea that he was the man, but now
Iím convinced that J.J. is the man. He did a masterful job
with such a challenging franchise. After all its history,
both on TV and on the big screen, and after all the spin
offs and variations and generations, you would think that
ďanotherĒ Star Trek movie would just be overkill. Iím very
sorry to disappoint the haters, but this is an incredible,
incredible movie and it completely does the franchise
justice. I havenít felt this passionate about a sci-fi flick
since the Matrix series (which are my favorite movies of all
time, by the way). Do you know what Casino Royale did for
the James Bond franchise? Well, this does the same for the
Star Trek franchise, only better. Disclaimer 2: I mentioned
that I have familiarity with Star Trek but I do not consider
myself a Trekkie, therefore, for you Trekkies, you might
find some flaws or inconsistencies in how this story is laid
out in comparison to the original TV series. I wouldnít be
able to pick them all out so it didnít bother me one bit. I
urge you to do the same and not get too nit picky so as to
better enjoy this masterpiece.
From the very beginning of the movie, you are on the ride.
It has an awesome opening sequence and the action never
stops. It is fast, realistic, futuristic, reminiscent, very
human (as opposed to mechanical), sexy, and funny. Overall,
itís an experience. The special effects are superb. They are
so realistic that you start to take it for granted. Same
goes for the sound effects and music. It is a modern touch
to a classic soundtrack that is very well done and very
appropriate. At first I had my doubts about the cast for
this movie, but after seeing it, my opinion changed by 180
degrees. Starting with Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, I mean
who is this guy, right? Well you might at least recognize
the actor, and he nailed the role. I think the single most
difficult shoes to fill in this story is Leonard Nimoy as
Spock. You could argue that no one defines a character or
ďisĒ that character as much as Leonard is Spock. Considering
all that, Zachary Quinto as Spock does a pretty darn good
job. Speaking of Mr. Nimoy, Iím sure you know by now that he
does make an appearance in the movie which turns out to be
one of the more exciting and emotional moments of the film.
As far as other members of the cast: Eric Bana as Nero, a
Romulan leader, was strong, check, Karl Urban as Bones was a
good imitator, check, Zoe Saldana as Uhura was sexy, check,
Simon Pegg as Scotty was very appropriate, check, John Cho
as Sulu, check, and Anton Yelchin as Chekov was a blast,
check. It was really fun seeing these actors play these most
infamous characters. Oh, but I forgot to mention one very
important character to this franchise, and she has never
looked this good. Iím talking about the most beautiful,
iconic, and recognized spaceship in sci-fi history, the
Starship Enterprise. As Priscilla pointed out to me, the
Enterprise is just as much a character of this show than
anybody else. She is so right. Movie fans, I would be
surprised if this isnít one of the biggest movies of this
summer. In closing, to use the infamous words of our beloved
Spock: Live long, and prosper.
Review By Cine Marcos
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