13 April 2009

Wait, the new Star Trek movie just opened in CENTCOM?

After the last Star Trek movie that came out in 2002, Star Trek: Nemesis, I thought the franchise needed to go to ground for a little while and re-think itself. I can't even begin to describe how God-awful that movie was. It single-handedly reversed the old formula of "Even numbered Star Trek=good", by blatantly trying to rip off the plot from the greatest Star Trek movie, The Wrath of Khan, and failing miserably.

It really takes talent to start with a great swashbuckling script about revenge and sacrifice and completely fuck it up, but the cast and crew of Star Trek: Nemesis did just that.

So now, seven years later, we're treated to a "reboot" of the franchise with younger actors playing the roles of the original Enterprise crew. Which is kind of a necessity, since DeForest Kelley (Bones), James Doohan (Scotty) and Majel Barret (Nurse Chapel) have passed away.

The new movie centers (I'm spoiler-free, but this is what I gather from the trailer) on the construction of the USS Enterprise and its first mission, and features the original crew in trainee positions. It looks as if a good portion of this new cast (Kirk, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura) appeared in Kuwait recently at an advanced showing of the new movie for US troops. I'm not sure whom Eric Bana plays in the new movie, but he also showed up as well. Bana is no stranger to the military after playing a Special Forces operator in Black Hawk Down.

It's also notable that John Cho was there, who was hilarious in Harold and Kumar and the American Pie movies. I'm assuming that he plays Sulu, and I can only imagine how that casting decision went.

"Hey, we need a young George Takei"
"Is the MILF guy doing anything?"

Anyway, I need to see if I can track this movie down at a theater here (if there is one). Well, either that or pick up a pirated copy at the local market, one or the other.

Thanks to LT Nixon for the head's up!

No comments: