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April 24, 2009

Star Trek is a good reboot, if slightly inconsistent

Title:
Star Trek
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Woo, first entry in over 2 years!

This Wednesday I saw the new Star Trek film, having seen the trailers and casting choices I had high hopes, thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.

The film does its best to be a logical reboot, basically it is designed to transition from the time period (and events) of the TNG/DS9/Voyager era to the date of Kirk’s birth. It’s not a huge spoiler (since it happens in the first 5 minutes), but basically the circumstances surrounding Kirk’s birth change significantly creating a whole new Trek universe without the heavy-handed erasure that happens with most reboots.

There are a few inconsistencies that can’t be explained by the reboot, like why the standard starfleet insignia is the enterprise one before the events of TOS, or why Spock is now the creator of the Kobayashi Maru test when Wrath of Kahn implies he didn’t (debatable though). The way Kirk wins it is changed too, he still cheats but the approach taken demonstrates the difference in his upbringing, and the consequences are very different.

The casting is for the most part excellent, Spock and Kirk in particular. Characters like Uhura, Checkov and Sulu are fleshed out in such a way to demonstrate that they really are the best at what they do – something that never really featured heavily in TOS or the old movies. Leonard Nimoy’s appearance as Old Spock isn’t just fan service, he is fairly integral to the plot. Scotty is very much just Simon Pegg playing a stereotype. Despite being entertaining, he’s character who’s played furthest from the original.

The main issue with the plot is that it basically exists as a method of justifying the reboot, if the events of the film didn’t happen there would be no reboot universe to speak of. What unfolds during the film significantly changes the balance of the Federation to the degree that future films (and even televion series) can be made without the feeling that you’re just rewatching the story you’ve already seen on TV years ago.

Despite the dark events of the film, it’s very lighthearted in tone. It’s very much an entertaining (and humorous) action-adventure that doesn’t really touch on the heavy political issues and serious plotlines of the later shows.

Summary: Watch it, even if you’ve never seen or don’t like previous Star Treks.


August 20, 2006

Snakes on a Plane: A Compelling Human Tale

Title:
Snakes on a Plane
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

Snakes on a Plane is the newly released (and much hyped) film from director David R. Ellis. The film follows the story of male flight attendent Ken (Bruce James) on a typical flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles.

Like many male flight attendents, Ken's sexuality is in question from the start, he demonstrates a willingness to go beyond what is required of him for both male and female passengers (with perhaps a tendancy towards helping the men more than the women) and is also keen on cookery with exotic ingredients. Ken isn't persecuted by the passengers for being who he is, but the film makes you aware of their assumptions about him.

A subplot brought about by FBI Agent Nelville Flynn (Samuel L Jackson) and Protected Witness Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips) provides the necessary plot elements to allow Ken to develop his character as well as some light comic–relief.

So just sit back and enjoy as Ken and his fellow flight attendents Claire and Tiffany persue romance and acceptance in this fateful flight across the Pacific. An excellent film that provides entertainment and intelligent dialog for all viewers.


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