Takes It's Place Next to II and VIII
Reviewed by criddic2 for Star Trek at 2010-04-01 03:07:35
My favorite Trek movies were 'Wrath of Kahn' (1982), 'Voyage Home'(1986), 'Undiscovered Country' (1991) and 'First Contact' (1996). Add this reboot to the list. It respects the original characters and their fans, while managing to be fresh and appealing for the first time in years.
Gary Oldman is the best Dracula I've ever seen. Period. He steals every scene he's in, to be honest. Anthony Hopkins provides an amazing performance too, as the seemingly off-kilter Prof. Van Helsing. It's also a very visually-impressive movie. The film's main problems, however, lies in its uneven 'experimental' special effects (experimental in the sense that the film-makers went back to using old fx techniques), which are sometimes amazing, and other times cheesy; and Keanu Reeve's terribly fake British accent, which he puts to 'good' use by reciting some wooden lines every now and then. The script was okay, I thought; it could've used some touching-up here and there, but was overall decent.
So do I recommend seeing it? Absolutely. Just because it's not the best film out there doesn't mean it's not exciting and entertaining. If nothing else, you at least have an excuse to sit inside on a rainy day and curl-up with a nice horror movie.
The movie needs more green skinned women...
Reviewed by UncleKitty for Star Trek at 2009-06-02 22:23:00
I need to state a few things up front:
One: I hate time travel movies. Without exception they all have huge plot holes and problems. Since it was pretty open from the beginning this was going to be one I had reservations.
Two: I hate summer action films because most are the same dumbed down crap year after year, and this was obviously going to be a summer action movie despite being a Trek film.
Three: It's a Star Trek film. No matter how much you love the series you have to admit that the record of the movies based on it ain't exactly stellar.
That being said it was pretty darn good despite a few flaws. If you have an engineering or physics background DO NOT see this film (of course you probably get told that about every scifi/action movie). If you were a fan of the original Star Trek series, they put in a lot of nods to you, and even if they don't all work, it's still more than most fans get from series reboots. I can honestly say it's the first movie I've seen recently where I didn't feel like I got robbed at the box office (the last one being The Wrestler).
Oh and a side note to Abrams should he direct a sequel: bring back the green skinned redhead. Or we will haunt you.
As a life-long Trekkie and as a movie fan, I have a couple of issues with J.J. Abrams' new prequel/reboot of Star Trek. Chief among them is a lack of screen time for Eric Bana as the villain, Nero. However, J.J. and his team just got so many other things exactly RIGHT that my few little quibbles seem very minor. This is a slightly flawed masterpiece, but a masterpiece nonetheless, and it deserves to bring Star Trek back on the map. Hell, yeah. Almost Four Bones....
At times the ethereal quality of the animation was transporting, but at other times it was just dizzying.
An animated film about secret agents that wear animated clothes to remain anonymous to each other. Layers of appearance.
But at times, we were able to get under the mask to witness confused expressions. The viewer can see real faces at times, but the expressions and nuances of facial movements were buried in the clay-like, smearing effect of the animation. Good ideas are bandied about here. A face can communicate a lot, but it is still something that both hides and reveals what lies underneath it.
I liked the shimmering quality of the scene on the freeway. The blocks of shadow and flashes of light were often exhilarating.