I hope you have seen Star Trek
. Yes, every single one of you. Please note this isn't coming from my inner hardcore childhood Trekkie-self that once proudly put on a Starfleet uniform and went door to door looking for candy (and it wasn't Hallowe'en), but this is the adult, significantly re-educated quasi-geek whom hasn't looked through his technical manual or muttered a word of Klingon in over ten years.
This movie is a rollercoaster ride. But it's not the kind of attraction that you're afraid to get on, hang on for deal life and then hurl your cookies the moment you get off (see J.J. Abrams previous film, Cloverfield
, for that experience). It's excitement, action and drama amortized by nuggets of passion, emotion, story and decent acting. Dare I say excellent acting relative to other Trek experiences.
Which brings me to the only reason I don't give this movie 10 out of 10 - its militantly stomps over everything my childhood held dear. Over 40 years of Star Trek canon, reset. It was really hard to envision these new young actors play the characters I relished through 79 episodes, 6 movies and several cameos. Most of them did a bang up job, but Karl Urban, who played Dr. McCoy, seemed to have channeled Deforest Kelley from the grave. That's the great thing about science fiction though - you throw in the term "time travel" and "alternate universe" and you can get away with anything.
This flick appeals to nerds, girls, jocks, rednecks and everyone in between. Move over Patrick Stewart & friends, cause your Star Trek is now only "the next generation" in title alone.
9.75 out of 10 Orion Slave Girls.