Star Trek (2009)

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Another of the big Summer hit movies to be released thus far was “Star Trek”.  This film is not a re-make, but instead it is a revision of the classic TV show.  It is designed to give a big facelift to the franchise and introduce new blood to film-goers.  I am a fan of the original TV show because of its groundbreaking casting and some rather brilliant story-telling.  While I am a MUCH bigger fan of “Star Wars”, I cannot deny the genius of such classic episodes of the original TV show like “The Cage” and “The City on the Edge of Forever”.  The original movie was entitled “Star Trek: the Motion Picture” which I also believe had a great story.  Of course, nobody forgets “Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan”!  This film is NOT connected to any of the above mentioned stories or plots.

Basically, imagine an unknown actor as a TV character you remember pretty well (if you are over the age of 30).  Imagine a few recognizable faces in roles that they actually really fit, like Spock played by Zachary Quinto and McCoy played by Karl Urban.  Imagine someone writing a tale using the Star Trek characters with a pretty good story that captures the essence of what was and make it more …modern.  That sounds strange to say, but it is accurate.  Todays hit TV shows, like “Lost” and “Grey’s Anatomy” demand a lot of attention to detail from the audience.  Isn’t that the point of good writing?  Well that is precisely what this film brings to the table: good writing.

Contrary to popular belief, Summer movies can be well-written.  In fact, they had better be in today’s market.  You have to write a decent story if you are going to capture the modern-day movie audiences.  We have all seen the “duds of Summer”.  These are films you go to see that have been hyped for the last 3 months, and when you walk out of the theatre you wish you hadn’t wasted your time.  I say again, in case any Hollywood insiders are listening, Summer movies CAN be well-written.  “Star Trek” proves it.

So, let’s review.  Good storyline?  Check.  Good actors? Check.  Classic dialogue that add a bit of nostalgia?  Check.  Now, throw in a high priced special effect budget and some well-choreographed fight sequences and a lot of action in general.  What do you get?  An incredibly worthwhile Summer movie that plays to fans of the old, the new, and the regrettable Star Trek franchise.  Seriously folks, if you enjoyed any of the Star Trek TV shows, you’ll be getting your money’s worth out of this film!

The casting is great, and there are many wonderful spot cameos that are surprisingly good, including Ben Cross and Winona Ryder.  The guy who plays Chekov is Anton Yelchin.  I don’t recognize him but he was absolutely wonderful!  I could bore you with who played what part and what I liked about them, but honestly, I don’t want to spoil anything.  Just do yourself a favor, and catch this one before it leaves the theatre.

…and that’s it for this edition of THE REEL VOICE.

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