Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Star Trek

Movie name: Star Trek
Year of release: 2009
Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana, Winona Ryder, Leonard Nimoy, Clifton Collins Jr., Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Tyler Perry, Rachel Nichols, Jennifer Morrison, Ben Cross
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6

J.J. Abrams is quite possibly one of the busiest men in Hollywood these days. Besides supervising successful tv shows as "Lost" and "Fringe", he still continues to produce other films, such as last year's "Cloverfield". Abrams started his career as a screenwriter, having written "Regarding Henry" for Mike Nichols and later on evolved his career to a successful series of shows as "Felicity" and "Alias" (both of whom made stars of their leading ladies, respectively Keri Russell and Jennifer Garner). The huge box office hit that is "Star Trek" implies a good future for his directorial career, considering this is only his second film in the director's chair, after "Mission Impossible III". J.J. Abrams is clearly someone that understands the concept of entertainment and spectacle. He has worked with blockbusters before, namely "Armageddon" (for Michael Bay), but whereas those films were shallow and brought nothing forth, beyond some technical virtuosity, Abrams tries to build interesting characters, and bring some depth to them (as opposed to create cardboard characters, which is the case of all the films of Michael Bay). "Star Trek" is basically an origin film, of how the original crew of the Enterprise got chosen and picked and their first true adventure in space. Gene Roddenberry the original creator of the "Star Trek" universe would not be disappointed: the film is swift, entertaining, with great production values and special effects, something that his tv show and later on, the films, never really managed to successfully have. The only falter in the film is really the story/screenplay: all that speed hides some shallowness in the development of what could've been a far more interesting story. The characters are interesting, but most of them are sketches (I wish Winona Ryder had had more screen time, her character seemed genuinely interesting). The final result is an entertaining film, that displays an industrial savoir faire. Hopefully the following films will also bring a more personal perspective.