Eric Lim

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This probably has a lot to do with my recent attempt to write my own graphic novel, but I am in awe over the new Star Trek film. Right from the beginning I was thinking, this is an excellent intro. As soon as the projector starts up there’s action, suspense, death, and birth. I loved the movie. Easily the best thing I’ve seen all year, although I haven’t really seen much, but it’s going to be hard for Terminator: Salvation or Transfomers: Revenge of the Fallen to top this.

Every scene in the movie felt like it served its purpose, and the pacing never slowed down. Just action, action, action. Even the unveiling of the Enterprise for the first time came unexpectedly, and director J.J. Abrams did away with the gratuitous shots of “Look at these amazing 3D models we made zomg.” I like to imagine that he uses the term zomg.

I wouldn’t call myself a Trekkie, but I’ve seen my fair share of episodes, mostly from The Next Generation, and I really enjoyed this movie. A couple of friends who I saw the movie with had never seen any episodes or movies and thought it was great as well. That Onion video is spot on.

A friend made the excellent comment that Star Trek was way better than any of the new Star Wars films, and now he’s conflicted about becoming a Trekkie. Damn you, Lucas.

The rest of this is going to have some spoilers, so I highly suggest you don’t read on if you haven’t seen the movie yet. Just go watch it now.

I was really impressed with the use of time travel in this movie, in the sense that they used it to still pay respect to the original timeline that everyone is familiar with, but also use it to reboot the series. One of the writers also noted that it added a sense of danger to the story:

Kurtzman added the time travel creates jeopardy, unlike other prequels where viewers “know how they all died”.

Genius. This tends to be a big problem with any of these franchises, the issue of most of the main characters being safe and untouchable in the main plot. Hell, they blow up a key planet in this movie.

I’d love to get my hands on the script for this movie. A lot of the setup was very subtle as well, particularly the demonstration of the transporter system before a transporter failure leads to the death of a major character.

Well done, J.J. I also realized that I haven’t seen anything he’s done yet, movie or television. I’m more inclined to watch Mission: Impossible III now since it was done by the same writers/director team.

Friday, May 8, 2009
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