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    J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews





    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcFLgkCKi1Q"]YouTube - Star Trek Movie Trailer[/ame]
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    The new Star Trek film was released on May 8th (2009) ..May 7th in a few locations. J.J. Abrams has said that he hopes to project an optomistic viw of the future in this film. Personally, I'm looking for an exciting/inticing blend of drama and action, along with a good dose of humor. I saw it today, and will report my review soon. Hopefully, this Trek will meet up with my expectations. I also look forward to reading the reviews of those who see the picture. Does it boldy go where no re-imagined film has gone before?

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02LgdXVkXgM"]YouTube - Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'[/ame]
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    Here's a tongue and cheak mock news report on the early reactions of trekie fans. It's pretty funny.

    Should prove fascinating to see both the original and new Spock in this film, and how Leonard Nimoy's iconic vulcan is fit into the story.



    It is said that William Shatner opted out of taking on a role in the film as the scene(s) Abrams had in mind "just didn't feel right". Somehow I get the "feeling" this is just hyped-up showmanship, and that he plans on being in the next film, should this one prove commercially successful. What do you think? And again, I'm anxious to read everyone's reciews.
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    Re: J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews

    Watched it last night, it was surprisingly great! (knew it was going to be good but not that good )
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    Re: J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by Coast21 View Post
    Watched it last night, it was surprisingly great! (knew it was going to be good but not that good )
    Wow! ..and Zow! Talk about an encouraging first reaction.
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    Re: J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews

    I watched it last night and I loved it. Never beena fan of the series, but I really enjoyed this film
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    Re: J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Warrior View Post
    It is said that William Shatner opted out of taking on a role in the film as the scene(s) Abrams had in mind "just didn't feel right". Somehow I get the "feeling" this is just hyped-up showmanship, and that he plans on being in the next film, should this one prove commercially successful.
    FWIW, here's a quote by Nimoy regarding the Abrams-Shatner media banter from an interview on TrekMovie:

    TrekMovie: It seems like Chris [Pine] had a good time and hopefully we can put all that Bill vs. JJ nonsense behind us, because I don’t think it was ever as serious as people thought it was.

    Nimoy: No. I think they were both playing it, frankly. I know Bill likes to play the press.

    TrekMovie: I think some of this just doesn’t play well in print. Like back in 2007 in at the Trek convention in Vegas, you may have been there, when on stage Bill called JJ an a–hole. It is hard to convey his sense of humor when you just read it.

    Nimoy: I wasn’t there for that so I can’t comment. Bill says JJ never offered him a role, JJ says he did, I am not passing judgment, it’s over.
    …and an excerpt from TrekMovie's interview with JJ Abrams about casting Shatner:

    TrekMovie: You and the rest of guys are often described as Trek’s new ‘Supreme Court’. What would you say was the hardest decision that the court had to make with regards to this movie?

    Abrams: …I think the hardest decision that I felt was not having William Shatner in the movie. And that really was because, as a non-fan, you feel like ‘you got to have Shatner in the movie - come on!’ And then I realized
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    he had died in [Star Trek: Generations], which I had not seen before I was working on the film, that getting him back in the movie would literally mean starting from scratch and coming up with a new story.
    And the decision to move forward, despite the necessity given our story, and to exclude the guy that everybody associates with the series - that bothered me. And yet I felt like we had to do this for this movie. Talk about the wrath. I thought we are going to eat it, fans are going to kill us. And yet the reason why I felt it might ultimately work for us is it felt like the righteous decision. It felt like we need to do it for the story, but the righteous decision is not always the easiest.

    TrekMovie: So when you said at Comic Con 2007 that you were working hard to find a way, you really meant that.

    Abrams: No question. …
    Edited to add: Oh, forgot to mention I'm seeing it a second time in IMAX again this afternoon with another set of friends. Saw it last night and was drawn into the story, I was bummed that it was suddenly over. Today, I get to relax and just enjoy it without looking for Trekkie Easter eggs and continuity issues. But it truly is a great movie first, that's also a great Star Trek movie (not episode) as well.

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    Re: J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by Gone2Disneyland View Post
    FWIW, here's a quote by Nimoy regarding the Abrams-Shatner media banter from an interview on TrekMovie:



    …and an excerpt from TrekMovie's interview with JJ Abrams about casting Shatner:



    Edited to add: Oh, forgot to mention I'm seeing it a second time in IMAX again this afternoon with another set of friends. Saw it last night and was drawn into the story, I was bummed that it was suddenly over. Today, I get to relax and just enjoy it without looking for Trekkie Easter eggs and continuity issues. But it truly is a great movie first, that's also a great Star Trek movie (not episode) as well.
    You sure know how to fit a lot of great information into one post, Gone2Disneyland. Sounds like Bill does have a sense of humor about it all. Of course, Shatner claims that it was he who told Abrams that the producer could't simply bring him back from the dead without explanation. I'm thinking that Shatner and Abrams will reach a consensus as to how to bring him into the next ST movie project. Judging by the initial positive reviews, I would strongly suspect that their will be another film featuring the new cast.

    Can't wait to see it myself later today!
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    Re: J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews

    Imagine watching something that you loved beaten and left for dead. That's what happened when Berman and Braga killed off Star Trek in "These are the Voyages..." ending Enterprise and 40 years of Trek.

    Well, JJ Abrams has brought Trek back to life in a way that you wouldn't believe.

    While respecting what has come before in previous series and movies, this film reboots Trek for the 21st Century making it accessible to everyone and more fun that it's been in a long, long time. Everyone is perfectly cast in the iconic characters, ILM's special effects are amazing, the movie moves at an excellent clip where you'll never be looking at your watch, and it's filled with enough laughs, fun, emotion, and excitement that you'll not find a better way to spend $10 this summer.

    If you can only see one movie in 2009, it must be this new Star Trek. There hasn't been a crowd pleasing Science Fiction blockbuster like this since the original Star Wars in 1977. Do not miss this!

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    Re: J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Warrior View Post
    You sure know how to fit a lot of great information into one post, Gone2Disneyland. Sounds like Bill does have a sense of humor about it all. Of course, Shatner claims that it was he who told Abrams that the producer could't simply bring him back from the dead without explanation. I'm thinking that Shatner and Abrams will reach a consensus as to how to bring him into the next ST movie project. Judging by the initial positive reviews, I would strongly suspect that their will be another film featuring the new cast.

    Can't wait to see it myself later today!
    They've been writing the sequel for a while now. The writers announced it at the Alamo Drafthouse screening a few weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManaByte View Post
    Imagine watching something that you loved beaten and left for dead. That's what happened when Berman and Braga killed off Star Trek in "These are the Voyages..." ending Enterprise and 40 years of Trek.

    Well, JJ Abrams has brought Trek back to life in a way that you wouldn't believe.

    While respecting what has come before in previous series and movies, this film reboots Trek for the 21st Century making it accessible to everyone and more fun that it's been in a long, long time. Everyone is perfectly cast in the iconic characters, ILM's special effects are amazing, the movie moves at an excellent clip where you'll never be looking at your watch, and it's filled with enough laughs, fun, emotion, and excitement that you'll not find a better way to spend $10 this summer.

    If you can only see one movie in 2009, it must be this new Star Trek. There hasn't been a crowd pleasing Science Fiction blockbuster like this since the original Star Wars in 1977. Do not miss this!
    Abrams is indeed a pioneering hero. I think Gene Roddenberry would have been proud of him ..likely is in spirit.

    Quote Originally Posted by ManaByte View Post
    They've been writing the sequel for a while now. The writers announced it at the Alamo Drafthouse screening a few weeks ago.
    Cool! Glad to know that time isn't being waisting in bringing a sequel to the screen, ManaByte.
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    Re: J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Warrior View Post
    You had better hurry, or I might be the one that ends up with your BK drinking glasses, Barbossa.
    I'm on my way out the door, heading to BK right now!

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    Re: J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews

    I'll try to see it. I'm guessing no major characters get killed off.
    But then, I hear that
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    Kirk and Uhuru hook up. That was sooooo wrong back in the 1960's, which was/is the future of this movie.
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    Re: J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews

    I posted this last night in the other Star Trek thread:
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    I just got home from seeing Star Trek.

    Amazing.

    I'm not really a Star Trek fan, I used to watch reruns of The Next Generation when I was a kid, but never really knew what was going on. This film is a great film. I went with a friend of mine who is a big Trekkie and she had very low expectations and came out very pleased.

    I think this film succeeds in pleasing fans while reinventing the franchise in a way that stays true to its roots while becoming fresh and new enough to appeal to new fans.

    It's a great film, slick, gorgeous to watch, a great cast, funny, emotional. There were a couple stylistic things (notably the frequent lens/light flares) that I thought were sometimes distracting, but everything else was great. Strong story, great acting.

    I'm excited for a sequel.

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    Re: J.J. Abrams' Re-Imagined STAR TREK: Movie Reviews

    I loved the film. It's the first film I've seen this year that had me leaving the theater excited and ready to see it again.

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    But then, I hear that
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    Kirk and Uhuru hook up. That was sooooo wrong back in the 1960's, which was/is the future of this movie.
    No, that spoiler is not exactly correct.
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    Kirk tries to hook up with Uhura frequently, but she turns him down every time. She eventually kisses another crew member though.




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