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Thursday, May 7, 2009

MOVIE REVIEW: "Star Trek" (2009)

  "Space...the final frontier, these are the voyages of the starship ENTERPRISE..." (at least, I think it is?) After four TV spin-offs and ten movies, Hollywood has decided to press the preverbial reset button on the "Star Trek" franchise and they got renowned producer/director J.J. Abrams (Mission Impossible 3) to do it. To paraphrase Spock: "It is not logical." For over 40 years Star Trek has become THE most popular science-fiction series, with hordes of fans both young and old. After a 7 year lull in the franchise Star Trek has apparently been "renewed" with an entirely new cast playing the original crew: Chris Pine as Capt. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, just to name a few...its intentions were noble, to restart the franchise for a whole new generation and also in the hopes of making old-school fans take notice. Unfortunatly, it's as though they took everything fans loved about Star Trek and threw it out the window! Forget everything you know about Star Trek and set your brain from stun to kill! The worst part of this movie is the entire story is supposedly an alternate universe, which supposedly gives the filmkaers free reign to do whatever the hell they want with it, thus leaving us with something that shows no resemblance of being STar Trek and more like som bad piece of Star Trek fan-fiction. After watching this movie, although incredibly well done with amazing special effects, there is hardly anything left that resembles Star Trek at all. For many who think Star Trek has become old and stale, you're gonna love this. But, for those true "Trekkers" who grew up loving Star Trek, you will erase your memory banks of ever having seen it. All in all, it's a great movie...it's just NOT "Star Trek"!