Star Trek (2009)Feels fresh while still maintaining certain Star Trek… More Feels fresh while still maintaining certain Star Trek traditions...like including the ever convenient time travel plot device; which actually works for once since they didn't base the entire plot around it. That, and the fact that it's necessary in restarting the original series while not taking a poo poo on decades worth of material (thus resulting in a fanboy apocalypse). The only major con to this film (besides the overall sense of it being an uber condensed, steroid-addled, joyride version of the original TV show for the attention deficient masses; one that barely resembles Trek in any form) is Eric Bana's lackluster and unmotivated performance as the Romulan villain. This is always a challenge to avoid in the Star Trek universe anyway and usually remedied through endless exposition to give characters their depth, but was clearly one of the sacrifices in bringing audiences a faster paced Trek experience. But I mean really, how many times can a Star Trek film get away with the recycled plot of: doomsday device being wielded by crazed villain in mad attempt at revenge, which is then foiled by the Enterprise crew. It's beyond played out at this point. The crew of the Enterprise are not the Fantastic 4. They are NOT X-Men in space. Nu-Trek is refreshing, however, as long as you're not induced into a fanboy rage over how little it keeps with the original spirit of Star Trek. I believe the changes, though often hollow and vacuous for the internet age, do give new life to a DOA series: one that had overstayed its welcome and was in desperate need of revamping. But, to quote Lucas "we may have gone too far in a few places".
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