WOW! I just got home from the theater, where I saw the new Star Trek movie in Imax. I really don't have words enough to describe the awesomeness of it!

What a ride! From the beginning to the end, there were so few slow parts it's a really good idea to skip the drink during the movie. You don't want to be getting up to run to the loo, because you WILL miss something.

This is THE BEST movie I've seen in a very long time!

Granted, I am a Star Trek fan from way back. I grew up on the original t.v. series, and have loved (nearly) all the movies they've done, but none of them - none - come close to rivaling the sheer thrills, comedy, tragedy, and pure adrenalin rush this movie has!

There were several nods to original t.v. episodes from ALL the ST universes... but, of course, this centers around the original ST.

The casting director did a fantabulous job finding people who look so much like the original cast, they are totally plausible as the younger versions of Kirk, Spock, Bones, etc.

I enjoyed this movie so much, I'm going back next weekend to see it again!

I totally did not recognize Winona Ryder in this movie... she only had a very small part, but an important one.
Also, for the Shaun of the Dead fans, Simon Peg (sp) plays Montgomery Scot the engineer...
Simply fabulous!

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Comment by MJ on May 17, 2009 at 8:48pm
@Justin Pearson Smith: Yes, I agree, there are flaws in the movie.

I have a hard time with the whole "alternate reality" premise anyway, and like you I'd love to know more about the red matter; where did it come from; what are it's properties; why does it create a singularity with a single drop; and when the whole damn ball of it was exploded why didn't it do more...

Also, Kirk got the crap beat out of him in the time of just couple days - why did he not have any broken bones? Why did no one seem to need any sleep, or food, or a bathroom for that matter... but then, maybe the mundane has no place in a movie like this, really.

The coincidental meetings of the characters also an "aw c'mon, man!" moment. However, I did not watch this particular movie with the "nitpickers" mind... I went because I like Star Trek, and this movie I've enjoyed far more than the other 6 combined... maybe with the exception of the very first one, since it was the first, and it was good considering what was available in the way of special effects at the time.
Comment by Justin Pearson Smith on May 17, 2009 at 3:07pm
Just saw the film myself. Have to say that whilst I did enjoy the movie it wasn't perfect. There are a number of flaws in it mostly in regards to the plot *Spoiler warning*

Firstly why is it that Spock on his own is intrusted with saving the whole of Romulus? It sounds to me like they didn't want the planet saved at all.

What is this red matter? A brief explanation as to where it comes from would have been nice. In fact any actual science would have been great to see.

Why is a mining vessel armed with so many weapons? I guess I can explain this away as the ship having them equipped for mining purposes.

Beyond these points and I'm sure I could think of a few others if I wanted, the film was very entertaining. It's other major flaw is the implausable number of coincidences. Characters run into each other purely by chance. Kirk just happens to land on the same planet that Spock and Scotty are on and just happens to run into them.

Ok now for the good. Special effects are awesome, most of the character performances are equally good. And the film keeps you interested. 8/10
Comment by MJ on May 10, 2009 at 3:18pm
Well, Dave, you truly are the odd man out then... so sorry.

My friend who went with me remarked this was Star Trek Muppet Babies.... in jest, but of course I had ot follow up with the ... " Piiiiigs iiiiiin Spaaaaaaaaaaaaace!"
Comment by Dave Huntsman on May 9, 2009 at 10:53pm
I'm odd man out.
I couldn't take not going - so I went alone to the 10:30 pm showing last night.

I've heard it getting good reviews. But I'll tell you, I was more than disappointed; I was almost angry. Big budget, over-powering music every single second. Absolutely no depth, in characters or in the story; no thinking. The shallowest, loudest star trek movie ever made. I'll even go so far as to me, it wasn't star trek, at all. It's like it was produced and directed by kids who weren't really trying to tell a real honest story that was in their head. And shallow.

Of all the movies to do a truly bad remake of....... I'm concerned it will be a financial success.

Feel like I've been abandoned by a strong thread that has always been in the background of my life.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on May 9, 2009 at 6:15pm
I SO want to see this in an Imax theater.

I also didn't recognize Winona Ryder. Simon Pegg's accent was much better than James Doohan's was. I'd peg Pegg's accent as possibly Glasgow.

Oh, and I was thrilled to find that Deep Roy, the guy that did all of the Oompa Loompas in "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory" (the one with Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka), played Keenser, Scotty's sidekick.
Comment by Gecko, of Richie! on May 9, 2009 at 10:54am
Couldnt agree more. I loved it!! And Im a Jim Kirk guy, so I was very skeptical about their ability to pull this off. Trek is back!!!



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