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    May 09, 2009 5:26 AM GMT
    So what did you guys think about the movie? Try not to give spoilers in case people haven't seen it. I am a Star Trek fan and I loved it. Sure they messed around with canon but I thought it was a fun and funny movie. Plus Chris Pine is HHOTTTTT!
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    May 09, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    I've never been one to throw myself at any franchise (por example: I've never finished a Star Wars)...but after watching Star Trek, I'm sold. Consider me a Trekie and as such, a perpetual virgin.

    Watch this movie, definitely worth your money.

    Even critics have reached a consensus: f**king amazing.

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    May 09, 2009 2:38 PM GMT
    Oh I wouldn't mind a couple of spoilers. Have at iticon_exclaim.gificon_razz.gif
  • CAtoFL

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    May 09, 2009 2:43 PM GMT
    I thought it was inventive, exciting and effective at rebooting the franchise.
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    May 09, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    javaman9999 saidSo what did you guys think about the movie? Try not to give spoilers in case people haven't seen it. I am a Star Trek fan and I loved it. Sure they messed around with canon but I thought it was a fun and funny movie. Plus Chris Pine is HHOTTTTT!


    flex89 / Logan and I went to it last night. Note that the film is also showing on IMAX, and we almost went to the IMAX version, but, I would not have been able to get tickets until next week. We saw it at the mall up the road.

    The film was good, as usual, in the Star Trek tradition. We rarely spend money on theaters as we have Internet 2 here, along with HDTV, FIOS, etc. It was worth the extra to see this one on the big screen. We both enjoyed the movie. It had a great storyline. It opened the door for many more films in the future.
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    May 09, 2009 3:19 PM GMT
    In the mid-1970s Gene Roddenberry came to our college campus for a personal appearance, and partly to promote the idea of the first Star Trek movie, which was still several years away. Being a Theatre & Broadcasting Major at that time, I helped "run" his show onstage at our college theatre, and so got to know him a little. A nice man.

    That in turn inspired me to do a Star Trek video parody. I called it "Car Trek" that featured an old beat-up wreck of a car I located, which I christened the "USS Booby Prize." The Car Trek crew rode around in this monstrosity while I video taped them, with the original TV series music playing in the background.

    All the original Star Trek characters were present (well, just 6, all I could fit into the car), with altered names. They were: Captain Jerk, Mister Crock, Lieutenant A-Whore, Chief Engineer Snotty, Navigator Mister Zulu (yes, a Black guy in African tribal dress, we were so un-PC back then), and the ship's doctor, Boner.

    The opening credits had the Booby Prize swishing back and forth across the TV screen as the theme music played, like the Enterprise did in the original series, except a close-up of the Booby Prize showed it hitting a pothole in the road, and its hubcap flying off.

    There were lots of other silly visual connections with the original series, like beaming aboard the car and all that, too much to write here. Just stupid college stuff, when you're young and don't know any better (well, I was actually late-20s and taking time-off from my military career, but the other students went along with me). Just such fun & ridiculous memories [SIGH]
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    May 09, 2009 3:52 PM GMT
    Yes, I saw it yesterday at our local cheapie theater, which nevertheless had a good, clean print, and a quiet, appreciative audience.

    I am a MAJOR Star Trek fan. How "major" a fan, you ask?
    Well, here are a couple of photos taken in my home...

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    Almost all of the books visible in this image are STAR TREK novels.

    So, I guess I'm one of the more proud STAR TREK fans on this site. Anyway, I saw the film yesterday (Sorry, Darryl, I love you, but I HAD NO CHOICE! I had to go!!!) and I went in with an open mind. I was surprised at how good the film was. True, it's NOT "Your Father's STAR TREK." But, like BATMAN BEGINS, I found it to be a fairly worthy re-telling of what has become an American Legend. The acting was top-notch. Everybody realized their character wonderfully, and Leonard Nimoy as Spock was AT HIS BEST! The writing was quite good, effectively touching on many familiar, "canon" elements of the Legend while sometimes freshening them up a bit.

    I won't spoil it here. I'll just say that while it was certainly a... different... vision of STAR TREK, it was quite good, worthwhile, and I'll see it again, not to mention gladly adding it to my STAR TREK DVD library.
  • Sirkit

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    May 09, 2009 4:12 PM GMT
    I loved the vision, I loved the characters, even liked the story... but the violation of cannon hurt a little. Kinda like tossing aside 4 series worth of Star Trek, I know why they did it but that doesn't make it sting any less for me.
  • Timbales

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    May 09, 2009 4:12 PM GMT
    I loved it.
  • styrgan

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    May 09, 2009 4:15 PM GMT
    javaman9999 said
    Sure they messed around with canon but I thought it was a fun and funny movie. Plus Chris Pine is HHOTTTTT!


    Actually my first though about seeing Zachary Quinto with the pointed ears was "Oh my god, I want to rape him!"

    I though the approach Abrams took to dealing with "canon" was interesting as well. The whole advantage in creating an alternate reality in the script is that not only do the writer's have significant wiggle room in defining characters and events, but those characters and events do not effect the prime reality. There's no room for the hardcore people to flip out.
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    May 09, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
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    javaman9999 saidSo what did you guys think about the movie? Try not to give spoilers in case people haven't seen it. I am a Star Trek fan and I loved it. Sure they messed around with canon but I thought it was a fun and funny movie. Plus Chris Pine is HHOTTTTT!


    flex89 / Logan and I went to it last night. Note that the film is also showing on IMAX, and we almost went to the IMAX version, but, I would not have been able to get tickets until next week. We saw it at the mall up the road.

    The film was good, as usual, in the Star Trek tradition. We rarely spend money on theaters as we have Internet 2 here, along with HDTV, FIOS, etc. It was worth the extra to see this one on the big screen. We both enjoyed the movie. It had a great storyline. It opened the door for many more films in the future.


    I saw it on IMAX... bought my tickets two weeks ahead of time, but I'm that kind of dork. Totally freaking worth it. During battle scenes I was like... crap, this is like real battle. Total chaos.
  • jeepguySD

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    May 09, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    Good movie, great fx as you would expect, good humor. I liked the Pike character. The thing with Uhura and Spock, kinda weird. My one criticism is they seem to have fundamentally altered the story line. Many of the episodes from the orignal series, TNG, and even the movies, don't fit in the new story line which is set at the beginning before everything takes place. So, is this to be a stand alone movie, or will subsequent stories take place in the new reality?? It's a little troubling for a Star Trek purist. And I agree, Chris Pine is hot.
  • Timbales

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    May 09, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    styrgan said
    javaman9999 said
    Sure they messed around with canon but I thought it was a fun and funny movie. Plus Chris Pine is HHOTTTTT!


    Actually my first though about seeing Zachary Quinto with the pointed ears was "Oh my god, I want to rape him!"

    I though the approach Abrams took to dealing with "canon" was interesting as well. The whole advantage in creating an alternate reality in the script is that not only do the writer's have significant wiggle room in defining characters and events, but those characters and events do not effect the prime reality. There's no room for the hardcore people to flip out.


    exactly - butterfly effect

    When Nero's ship emerged back in time and destroyed the Kelvin, it created a ripple that changed a lot of things.
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    May 09, 2009 4:30 PM GMT
    I saw it in IMAX as well and I have to say I couldn't have spent money more wisely! I had to clean up the mess that I left on the floor after the movie was over. Chris Pine...Holy shit! What a hottie!
  • EricLA

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    May 09, 2009 4:31 PM GMT
    There's already a thread on this, but I'll repeat my mini-review. I grew up as a kid watching the original Trek repeats over and over and then carried on through most of the series. They started to lose me by the time they got to Voyager, but I think I ended up watching all of them. I tried to commit to Enterprise, but after the first year or so I just had to give up. It was as if they were raping a corpse. Life had been drained from the franchise and they kept going back for more and more. I think they had no choice but to do something like Enterprise, but they really offended purists with playing with Trek history. But more than that the chemistry just wasn't there.

    I'm not a total purist, but after Star Wars I-III, I'm a bit protective of the shows/movie series I invested in during my childhood. When I heard about the latest attempt to feature the young lives of the original crew, I got nervous. The fact J.J. Abrams and the writers involved were behind it gave me a bit of relief, but I still worried if they hadn't given the show enough of a rest.

    Well, I managed to stay largely spoiler free going into the movie (which I saw on IMAX). I can't say I 100% loved it, particularly with a few choices they made, but overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable movie. It's a great cast, the story works to a large degree, the effects are fun but don't over power. Most importantly, you see the chemistry of Kirk-Spock-McCoy, which really elevated the original show into the timeless classic it is, start to develop. McCoy in particular has some really great lines. These new actors have their own takes on their characters, and it's okay.

    It's definitely worth seeing, especially on an IMAX if you have a choice.
  • Timbales

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    May 09, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    Karl Urban was a great Bones, he really nailed it.

    I'm not 100% sold on Quinto as Spock. There's a quality to his voice that is just not quite right.
  • styrgan

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    May 09, 2009 4:39 PM GMT
    Timberoo said
    styrgan said
    javaman9999 said
    Sure they messed around with canon but I thought it was a fun and funny movie. Plus Chris Pine is HHOTTTTT!


    Actually my first though about seeing Zachary Quinto with the pointed ears was "Oh my god, I want to rape him!"

    I though the approach Abrams took to dealing with "canon" was interesting as well. The whole advantage in creating an alternate reality in the script is that not only do the writer's have significant wiggle room in defining characters and events, but those characters and events do not effect the prime reality. There's no room for the hardcore people to flip out.


    exactly - butterfly effect

    When Nero's ship emerged back in time and destroyed the Kelvin, it created a ripple that changed a lot of things.


    Right. But then you get into the whole debate over which time line is now the "prime reality" - a debate over which there is not really a clear answer.

    But either way, there has been a total reboot without effecting forty years of someone else's imagining of the franchise. In five or ten years, the next generation of Trek writers can choose to completely ignore JJ Abrams, and continue onward and still be canon - except for the supernova thing.
  • hoo4u

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    May 09, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    Is this the one where Capn Kirk battles the Klingons on Uranus.

    I am so fifth grade.
  • Timbales

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    May 09, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    hoo4u saidIs this the one where Capn Kirk battles the Klingons on Uranus.

    I am so fifth grade.


    I'll battle Uranus. I'll barrage it with my photon torpedo.
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    May 09, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidexactly - butterfly effect


    Well, the butterfly effect is when a very small change has a major impact. The changes Nero makes are not small. I won't say what they are, but it's a lot bigger than destroying the Kelvin. It's more than enough to ensure that this is going to be a radically different timeline, giving the writers total freedom to do whatever they want, while still being true to the core of the characters that made the original so popular.

    And yes, I loved it. icon_smile.gif
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    May 09, 2009 4:51 PM GMT
    I really want to see this.
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    May 09, 2009 7:07 PM GMT
    rotabilis said
    Timberoo saidexactly - butterfly effect


    Well, the butterfly effect is when a very small change has a major impact. The changes Nero makes are not small. I won't say what they are, but it's a lot bigger than destroying the Kelvin. It's more than enough to ensure that this is going to be a radically different timeline, giving the writers total freedom to do whatever they want, while still being true to the core of the characters that made the original so popular.

    And yes, I loved it. icon_smile.gif


    Yep. It gives them a way to revitalize the whole thing.
  • OMGitsRoy

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    May 09, 2009 7:19 PM GMT

    saw it last night and i luved it !! icon_biggrin.gif

    Really like the whole alternate reality aspect to the movie....allows them to take the franchise in a whole new direction but stay true to the core fans...like me!!! 8-) hehe

    Can't wait for the next one icon_razz.gif
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    May 09, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    Saw it last night and loved it as well! Definitely a movie worth seeing more than once in my opinion. Will also make a great addition to my DVD collection.

    If you haven't seen this I highly suggest getting your butt to a theater!
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    May 09, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    I loved the movie. It had all the elements people were looking for I think. In the final minutes though, I felt that the actors got a little smug and relaxed because they thought they did a great job (and they did).
    The special effects were great and I loved the Russian accent. I hope the following movies are as good if not better than this one, certain departure from the regular Star Trek movies.