Star Trek (2009)
First up, despite what you probably think of me, I am not really a Star Trek fan. I’ve seen one other Star Trek movie and I guess it was pretty good but most of my knowledge of the franchise comes from Family Guy, The Simpsons, Futurama and other animated series. The reason this movie was so enticing to me was pretty much because of director JJ Abrams, you know, the guy that has done (at least to some extent) Lost, Alias, Cloverfield and more awesome geeky shit. Also Simon Pegg and Sylar are in it, how the could you go wrong? And really, this movie hardly goes wrong at all.
The story is somewhat important but then again not overly so, most of the fun comes from the characters and the action. There is some weird sort of time travelling stuff to make sure this fits in with series continuity and doesn’t enrage too many trekkies and also Eric Bana is threatening to the destroy the earth with his bald head, but mostly this just an origin story of how Kirk became captain of the Enterprise and total BFF with Spock. The pace is quick and feels more like an adventure movie than sci-fi which is great. Jokes, aliens and explosions along with some good character development make the action scenes so much more involved and Abrams’ direction is fluid, fast and intense.
We were sitting up close very close, the kind of close where you have to move you head to see what’s happening on each side of the screen but this made it all the more immersive and better. There is an incredible scene midway through the film involving sky diving, a giant laser drill, teleportation and sword fighting. Abram’s does an awesome job of keeping up with all the action with fluid camera work that never becomes too much of a head fuck. It’s pretty much the best thing ever. He does an excellent job of creating suspense even though you know that the good guys are gonna live and he keeps this up the entire film.
At times it felt like one action scene after another but within that there is some great dialogue and a real sense of fun and adventure that seems to be missing from sci-fi. There is also some geeky science-y stuff which, I’m pretty sure wasn’t very realistic, but I didn’t really care as Abrams had created such a good environment for it all to happen in that it didn’t really matter. This is one damn great action movie and Hollywood directors should take note, this is how you deliver action, comedy, drama and fun. I’m looking at you Michael Bay.