Thursday, July 09, 2009

Star Trek

After attempting to reboot so many franchises, it was only a matter of time before Star Trek would end up in Hollywood's cross-hairs again, and after the last stale big screen adaptation, would they get it right this time? Fortunately, they did, which is great news for any Star Trek fan out there who was afraid the franchise was dead for good.

The keys to one of the most renown franchises of all time were given to J.J. Abrams, a director/producer responsible for some of the most intriguing products to come along in quite some time, both on the small and the big screen, like Alias, Cloverfield, Fringe, and my beloved Lost.

For the new installment of the sci-fi saga, Abrams doesn't pick up were the Enterprise had been left off, rather, he goes back at the beginning to show us how the original crew of the USS Enterprise, made famous by Kirk and Spock, came together and first took to the vastness of space. The adventure as a whole is well presented, well written, and well developed. The visual effects are great and all the actors fit very well in the shoes of characters we all have come to know, especially (the gorgeous) Chris Pine as James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.

The baddie du jour is played by Eric Bana. He's good in the part (and looks hot even with green skin!!), but the character doesn't have too much depth. His whole intricate revenge story revolving around Spock and a wormhole into the future might have benefited from an extra 20 minutes of script development, but overall the result is good, great if we consider what Abrams was up against.

Franchise Reboot Status: Successful.

Grade: 9

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