Movie Review: STAR TREK

by Joey Paur

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After all the incredible trailers I have seen, and all the hype that has been built up around J.J. Abrams 'Star Trek' movie, I had incredibly high expectations. The expectations were so I high I thought there was no way the movie would meet them, I thought for sure I was going to be let down, but I am happy to tell you all that this was not the case. Star Trek was the best damn film I have seen this year so far, I don't care what anyone else says. The movie blew my high expectations away. Just so you know I am not a hard core Star Trek fan, although I have watched all the movies, the original Star Trek series, and The Next Generation. Even if you are a hard core trekkie I don’t see how you cannot like this movie. It hits everything we love about Star Trek right in the nose to the point that it just bleeds out greatness.

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The moment the movie started I was in awe, my jaw just dropped and hung open. I was immediately engulfed in the world that was created for us. The movie had me in a big giant hug from the beginning to the end of the film, and it wasn’t like a tight annoying bear hug, it was a comfortable hug that just felt right. I couldn’t believe the awesomeness that was unfolding before my eyes! Gigantic star ships flying through space, lasers and explosions, mixed with incredible sound effects and music, a fantastic story with wonderful characters all mixed together in a flurry of brilliance made this one of the best movie going experiences I have had in a very long time. Not since watching 'Lord of the Rings' in the theater have I felt this kind of excitement while watching a movie.

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J.J. Abrams brought us a ‘Star Trek’ movie unlike anything we have seen in the franchise before. It is better than anything that has previously been made, and is the best Star Trek movie that has been made so far. The story is incredibly solid the dialogue is smart, witty, and fun.

The actors in the film were perfect! I honestly could not have asked for a better cast. Everyone just nailed it. Chris Pine as James T. Kirk was great. He made the character his own. This is Captain Kirk and he has that cockiness strut that just made the character come alive. Zachary Quinto as Spock was just spot on. Simon Pegg as Scotty was brilliant. How can you not love that character? Eric Bana as Nero makes for a awesome villain! Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Bruce Greenwood as Captain Pike, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, and John Cho as Sulu all great! But I have to point out my favorite character in the movie... Carl Urban as Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy. He was amazing! He was the one guy I didn’t like that they cast in the film when casting was first announced, and he ended up being the best guy up on screen. These actors brought a natural feel to the characters they played.

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By the way, the special effects in the film were flawless, and they were used in the right ways, the way special effects are meant to be used. As spectacular as they were, they were used to drive the story forward and not as a way to scream out at the audience “look at me! I’m a special effect!” I am convinced that this is what a real space battle would look like if one had actually happened.

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The movie stirs up a great mix of emotions with the audience. Moments of intensity, excitement, sadness, happiness, comedy, and drama. These emotions all flowed so smoothly with the story. J.J. Abrams 'Star Trek' is everything a great movie needs to be. I don't see how anyone can go see this movie and just not enjoy the hell out of it.

I have been trying to pick the movie apart in my head and thing of anything that I didn't like, but I couldn't think of one thing. In my mind this a damn near perfect summer movie.

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