On Monday night in Melbourne Australia, Paramount Pictures held there Media review that was also attended by Members of Austrek, The Second oldest Startrek fan club in the World, as you could imagine the cinema was full with not a spare seat in the house and all Cell Phone had to be surrendered at the door. Bellow I have posted a copy of my review on the movie.
Minor Plotline Spoilers
Star Trek fans of old and those non Trekkies venturing out uncertain of what they will get will be equally impressed with the film. It is Star Trek for a new generation, fresh, and yet familiar at the same time. The opening sequence prior to the title's will blow people away in their seats. It sets the scene well and introduces the audience to Starfleet and the crew of the Starship Kelvin engaged in battle. Wecome to the birth of James T Kirk and Star Trek.
The film is a fast paced action adventure flick with just the right amount of lines that all Trek fans will remember mixed with a script and storyline befitting current tastes of mainstream audiences. The cast is young and memorable and should I say it, "cool". This is no politically correct morality play and indeed the bar fight sequences, the bedroom play and pure gritiness of the film is a far cry from the Star Trek of old. Although we loved it in the 1980's, there be no whales here and this film simply packs a punch.
The development of the characters, especially that of Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are central to the film. We see them emerge and change from child to adult due to their environment and the expectations placed upon them. Don't be fooled, there is no long drawn out from boyhood to adult story here. Just enough to develop the characters so you can believe in them and why they are like they are. The runaway successes however are the characters with a little less importance placed on them. Zoe Saldana as Uhura is underused however her scenes with Zach Quinto's Spock are memorable to say the least and John Cho as Sulu too could have used some beefing up. However it is Simon Pegg (Scotty) and Anton Yeltsin (Chekov) who steal some of the spotlight with their banter, and undoubtedly, Karl Urban as McCoy has the most memorable of performances.
Star Trek cannon is not broken, in the true sense of the word. Without giving away too much, how can you break Trek cannon with an alternate timeline forced upon us by the events at the start of the film. It is this freshness that in fact is the backbone of a ripping good yarn and hopefully will lead to more down the track. I am deliberately being vague about the storyline and what you will see in the film, because you need to go along, sit back, and be amazed and surprised. You know the characters in name, the Starship Enterprise and a feast of aliens such as Vulcan's and Romulan's. What you need to experience is how they are all brought back together in such a new and exciting way.
And speaking of being blown away, the score and sound mixing are amazing. So they should be according to JJ Abrams, as that is what principally held up the fims release from Christmas to now. Certainly a story to be told on the special features of a future DVD release.
So go along, see it once, see it twice....but you simply have to see Star Trek