Recorded this on sunday night and this is the first of two Star Trek review podcasts. My co-host Mr.Gene is back and we have a special guest – Tony from the Cinemaviewfinder.com. You might have seen several of his posts on this site before and below is the latest review from his blog. Take a listen to our podcast, read the entry below, and enjoy all that Star Trek means to us as fans of this scifi series. If you want to do a direct download for all my past and present podcast, click here.
SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2009
Movie Review: Star Trek (2009)
J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek captures the spirit of Gene Roddenberry’s original creation better than any other subsequent spinoff or sequel has up until now. I’m even including the six films which starred the original cast led by William Shatner. This enormously enjoyable summer confection is still lacking the all important philosophical depth of the sixties-era sci-fi actioner. But with the once ailing franchise now reinvigorated by Abrams and crew, it looks like there will be plenty of opportunity to perfect the brew.
When I say the film goes back to Star Trek’s beginnings, I’m not kidding. We see the birth of our hero, James T. Kirk, during a turbulent battle in which his father dies at the hand of the Romulan villain, Nero (Eric Bana). There’s also a glimpse at the childhood of the stoic Vulcan, Spock, a painful time when he is teased and bullied for being half-human. Twenty minutes of this setup are a bit too much for anyone but the fanboys. It’s enough to know that Kirk (Chris Pine) grows up with a chip on his shoulder due to daddy’s absence, and Spock (Zachary Quinto) has his own – an inner emotional turmoil due to his mixed parentage – that he hides from his father’s race which forbids such emotions.