My Movie Review of Star Trek!

05.12.2009"""Then ask Captain Nero,"" Robau said with such courageous tone, ""What gives you the right to attack a Federation vessel?"" Robau is a captain of the starship USS Kelvin. The character is briefly and brilliantly played by Faran Tahir, a Pakistani American who also performed in other movie, ""Iron Man,"" as villainous Raza.

Geoff Boucher of Los Angeles Time called Star Trek ""this year's Iron Man."" He is right. Hopefully, no one gets replaced for the next sequel!

""Star Trek"" tells a tale about how the main characters - Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, Sulu, Chehov, and Scotty - from the original series of Star Trek get together. ""Star Trek"" starts off with cool heroic actions of the crew of the USS Kelvin facing the GIGANTIC weird-looking alien ship, Narada. Narada is commanded by the mysterious tattooed Nero, who is well played by Eric Bana. The length of the movie may be long as bit over two hours, but ""Star Trek"" is tremendously packed with unpredictable scenes that would make people laugh and awe.

I went to last week's early showing to see ""Star Trek."" The entire theater was completely filled. No one left. Okay, I lied. The theater had several empty seats. I saw few people leaving. No one cheered. I would have cheered but that would indicate that I am out of my mind. It was logical not to cheer. However, a lot of people enjoyed watching ""Star Trek."" People laughed so often! People left the theater with smiles on their faces.

I can relate to Kirk and Spock. The way the movie portrays those two men is not boring and familiar to me. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, this movie's writers, have done a fantastic job making Kirk and Spock real, yet human at the same time. Orci and Kurtzman previously wrote for 2006's ""Mission Impossible III"" and 2007's ""Transformers."" The writers did an awesome job in writing the story in ""Star Trek.""

Watching how the character Kirk work with different characters from different human cultures and alien species reminds me of working with diverse people during my first year of college at the University of Dayton. I met Annea, a study buddy and an awesome international student from Kosovo, a country that recently gained its independence in February 17, 2008. I befriended Luc, a hilarious Haitian-American student from Florida. He is a wonderful conversationalist! While I was in Dayton, I exchanged online video communications with my best friend Will back home in Virginia Beach. We conversed in American Sign Language, a cool language that appears ""alien"" to most hearing people.

My friendship with Will reminds me that I will always be part of two worlds: deaf and hearing. Coincidentally, Spock is reminded several times throughout the film that he will always be part of two worlds: human and Vulcan. Seeing how Spock struggle with his human half and his Vulcan half was very impressive. Spock was raised in a logic-based society, where all emotions are rejected. I was raised in a hearing based environment, where listening and speaking orally are valued and highly recommended. That means no use of sign language. (I know American Sign Language!) I have two cochlear implants that enable me to hear sounds. However, I am still deaf since my external cochlear implants are removable and have on/off switches. I was not deaf when I watched the movie! Of course, when I saw the film, I left my cochlear implants on and I listened to good dialogues, great music, and explosive actions!

While the sounds were very good, the visuals were also very good! I noticed that the camera shots were shaky throughout the film. Unique camera shots reminds me of Cloverfield, which also happened to have JJ Abrams as a producer. At least, ""Star Trek"" is not told from a camcorder's point of view! Daniel Mindel showed an interesting cinematography. Director Abrams and Mindel added brightness in several scenes. Lights may be annoying but they made the film very special from other films. The future is really bright.

But not bright enough to eliminate the dark ugly grudges of some people. I do not see why some people did not like the movie. If it is about so-called canon, who cares? The purpose of watching the ""Star Trek"" is to enjoy the movie! Not to think about Star Trek history that can cause a person to be cross-eyed. ""Star Trek"" is for everyone, not only diehard Trekkies, whom William Shatner once told to 'GET A LIFE' in a hilarious Saturday Night Live skit.

All I can say is that this movie is truly fascinating.

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