‘Star Trek’ Launches a New Start for Summer

May 15, 2009

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Anton Yelchin, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho & Zoe Saldana in the 2009 version of 'Star Trek'

I know everyone was petrified to learn X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a deplorable, piece-of-shit excuse for a film and a disgraceful way to kick-off the summer blockbuster … but, don’t fear, cause Star Trek … that’s right, Star Trek has made its way to the big screen and it has kicked some major ass!

Now … I have never been a fan of Star Trek … I always hated it when I was growing up, but I was astonished by everything J.J. Abrams brought to this classic television show. As a person who wasn’t a fan of the genre himself, I think Abrams worked wonders by producing a modern, sexy, funny (not cheesy) and just plain popcorn-munching entertaining flick.

The acting was phenomenal on all floors, which was a great plus … since in most films of this caliber, the acting can be pretty shitty (ahem, Keanu in The Matrix) and the movie can still be extremely well-received. I was pleasantly surprised by Chris Pine and his portrayal of James T. Kirk. I was a little weary … I just figured they hired him because he sort of looked like William Shatner, but he proved to be a force throughout the entire film … think of Pine as an actor with the looks of Paul Walker and the acting chops of Matt Damon … that’s obviously just something you don’t fuck with.

Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana both proved to be more than what their previous roles have showed them to be … which is, not a whole lot. Quinto perfected the mannerisms of Spock … showing him to be clever, in-charge and logical … the scenes with Quinto and Winona Ryder (yes, Winona fucking Ryder) were spectacular to watch … Saldana did an impeccable job at pin-pointing what made Uhura a necessary character during the series … she was smart, sexy and confident … and that is a factor any film needs to succeed.

Simon Pegg, John Cho, Karl Urban, Eric Bana and Anton Yelchin all round-off this cast flawlessly. Pegg brings the comedic element to the film as Scotty … which is always a nice addition. Cho kicks some serious ass as Sulu, which was a wonderful surprise … since all I’d seem him in was stoner comedies. Yelchin is spot-on as wonder-kid Chekov … Urban is terrific as tough-but-soft hearted McCoy and Bana is a frightful bad-ass villain. What the fuck is there not to love about this film?!?

Viewers may need to know a bit about the series to fully understand the entire movie … but,  it really didn’t bother me. I was captivated the entire two hours … It’s just a fucking amazing movie … Let the summer begin!

Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine in 'Star Trek'

Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine in 'Star Trek'

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