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Star Trek

Star Trek

(director: J.J. Abrams; 2009)

As soon as I saw the preview to “Star Trek,” I was congratulating myself. Here was a chance to verify my impeccable judgment. Here was another installment of a franchise that refused to die, captained by J.J. Abrams, who helmed the directionless “Felicity,” “Alias” and “Lost.” The new relaunch was peopled with Cupid from “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” whoever Chris Pine is, and the eyebrow guy in “Heroes” (another show that doesn’t know how to stop). And John Cho as a rock-jawed Sulu decked out in armor swashbuckling with a claymore? If the film had any regard for tradition, it would follow in the proud footsteps of “Star Trek: Generations,” “Star Trek: Insurrection,” “Star Trek: Nemesis.” This had to be bad.

And what do I find? It’s pretty much a  .

It doesn’t matter that “Star Trek” is nonsense. (Eric Bana’s tattooed face looks like he ate some fish he’s allergic to, his ship is a body double for a spiny jellyfish, Kirk gets intimate with the voluptuous sister of the Jolly Green Giant, and there’s some hooey about wormholes, black holes and time travel.) “Prepare the red matter!” Bana says, knowing full well how foolish it sounds. The famous “monologue of the split infinitive” narrated by Leonard Nimoy seems out of place, too. But “Star Trek” is lunging, freefalling, headlong nonsense. Young men and women are particularly good at delivering mumbo jumbo—they don’t have to pretend they know what they’re talking about; they rather believe they know what they’re talking about. To boldly go from Nimoy's “Space: the final frontier” to a Chris Pine punchline like “Bullshit!” takes some doing, and Abrams has enough of an ear for immature snarky comments. So, no, there will be no examination of the virtues of war and peace in this “Star Trek.” But you do get to see young and dashing Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu and Chekov before they settle into their roles as respected space darlings. Zachary Quinto is particularly composed and cocksure as the new Spock. ♦

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Mariejost 26 dsc00460
I was particularly impressed with Chris Pine. I had no idea who this guy was before the film, so I was definitely a virgin when I saw Star Trek. I don't normally go for blonds (I think Brad Pitt and feel slightly nauseous), but this guy can act (surprised the hell out of me) and is sexy in a very fun bad-boy way. Quinto was fine as Spock, though I think he could have revealed a bit more of the character if there had been a scene or two that was a bit quieter (no explosions :-)) or less frenetic (everyone seems to deliver their lines like they've been sucking Red Bull all afternoon). I like how the writers changed the time line so we get to see these characters having all new adventures and the history and even the personalities don't have to converge with the Star Trek we all grew up with at any future point. Smart move on the part of the writers.
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