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Harry has seen the future of STAR TREK and it will live long and prosper!!!

God Bless JJ Abrams. Seriously. For the last decade or so I’ve thrown screenings in Austin and beyond. I’ve worked so hard to give people the sort of screening that I always dreamt about as a geek growing up. As a kid, I saw movies just like most of you do – and that was great. I loved lining up for STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN with my Mom & Dad at the old Highland Cinemas (2 screens). Dad and I held our place in line for 22 hours and there were people in Trek costumes and even then there were people calling the first film the Motionless Picture. But we were there. But I’d hear about premieres – where the stars would come out and that seemed like some sort of distant make-believe thing. Why couldn’t screening movies be like MAGIC! That’s what BUTT-NUMB-A-THON tries to be. Magic! It’s me letting an audience in that dreams of all the possibilities that could unfold on screen – sometimes they’re right. Sometimes they’re surprised by things they never thought of seeing before and are blown away. Sometimes… sometimes it’s pain they’ll never forget. But it is MAGIC. Magic rarely happens to me. Amongst my friends and local community, I’m a magician. But I always know the twists, the sleight of hand, the tricks of the trade. There have been times where I’ve rehearsed for an event for days just to nail faux sincerity and a realistic conversation with a pre-taped component. But tonight – tonight was magic. About nine months ago, the wonderful person at Paramount that I’ve worked with on many screenings asked me if I thought we could pull off a screening of STAR TREK on an audience that was there to see STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN. I told her – I don’t know if that would be advisable because… well, if JJ’s STAR TREK is anything other than perfect, you run a very real chance of pissing the audience off and having hostility on your hands. And that was the last I heard of it. I was scheduled to see STAR TREK on Monday, April 13th. “JJ wants you to see the movie before the big Austin screening” I was told. And then on Monday, April 20th – we were going to do a big screening of the film here in Austin with a possible big after-party that was all themed Trek. Romulan Ale, etc… That was cool. I was fine with that. Kinda. You see, I volunteered to paint one of the ENTERPRISE models – the 25 Enterprise models – Mine is ENTERPRISE #7 – it isn’t yet on this site, but it is coming soon. For now – you can see the model at the Alamo Drafthouse South in Austin, in the lobby!



I brought my Nikon with me to the theater tonight – so I could take some photos of my model – and the plaque – because it’s going on tour around and I’m pretty happy with the work I did on it. It looks good, at least to my meager talents. When Yoko and I arrived, I smiled – because I saw a guy in the gold command shirt of Classic Trek – and a girl in Red trek outfit. I smiled. This was going to be a great audience for WRATH OF KHAN. Saw my model, then I hurried into the theater to get our seats. And I sat there watching William Shatner tell me that it was a very good year – and I began thinking about STAR TREK. I love good STAR TREK. I’m fond of some of the bad STAR TREK. But I absolutely fucking hate LAZY STAR TREK. There’s some powerful thoughts about the future of our people in STAR TREK. That we as a people could be those people in a hundred, two hundred, three hundred years. If we can put away childish notions of borders and differences. If we can culturally keep our differences and celebrate our commonalities. At our best, STAR TREK is our future. Not BLADE RUNNER. Not TERMINATOR. Not any other Science fiction that I’ve seen, but STAR TREK. It’s where I HOPE we’re headed. It’s the world where we didn’t blow ourselves up, where we didn’t fall prey to the worst of our nature. It’s the part of me that loves reading science journals and reading about the best inventions of any given year. And as I was thinking about STAR TREK, Tim League came up to me and said our guests had arrived. Now I knew that we had some special folks that were here in town to introduce the special 10 minutes that JJ had selected for this select experience. HONESTLY – I was pretty certain that we were going to see the KOBAYASHI MARU sequence, because of everything that is in this movie, that sequence most relates to WRATH OF KHAN.



As I approach the models I catch sight of Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman (who I’ve met before) and Damon Lindelof (whom if you mind melded with you would know everything about LOST). And we instantly began geeking about WRATH OF KHAN. Now – I LOVE STAR TREK II. I honestly feel it is one of the greatest B movies ever made. It’s a small film, a straight forward revenge story in space – that takes on epic screen chewing awesomeness at every fucking turn. It is the best acting that the original cast has ever done. It isn’t just Ricardo Montalban, but… EVERYONE. Like Scotty when he says, “He stayed at his post, when the trainees ran!” Chekov was great, and Chekov was hardly ever great. I mean, do you remember that first time you saw Spock die… When there was no bullshit SEARCH FOR SPOCK – but when you his photon tube on the GENESIS planet and you hoped and prayed that the Genesis wave might work its Science/Magic on the soul inside? I did, but when those bagpipes play and Kirk chokes on the word “HUMAN” – shit, I still cry at the thought of it. And then there’s KHAN. Pauline Kael even loved KHAN. That’s how great Ricardo was in this role. Pauline Kael who hated STAR WARS and all this silly scifi bullshit… she loved KHAN. Because Montalban transcended his own Latino Lotharios and became something astonishing in that role. We were talking about that sort of stuff – and then I saw the PRESIDENT of Production at PARAMOUNT STUDIOS and I thought – that’s odd. Shouldn’t he be in Sydney? But I’ve known Brad for years – he was the exec at Dimension that was always in Austin on Robert Rodriguez’s pictures and the notion hit me that perhaps he came to town to woo Robert on something. I was talking with Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof – we were pretty intense in geeking out about WRATH OF KHAN so I didn’t dedicate A LOT of thought to it. We all head into the theater, we begin working out the who is going to introduce who sort of thing – and Tim League was introducing me, I was introducing them – and they’d introduce KHAN. It worked like that. I rushed back to my seat so I could snap a few photos – I didn’t bring the right lens, dammit – so everything is a bit further away than I’d like. But snap snap… They really exhibited a sincerity regarding their love of KHAN – and how being here in Austin, to watch THE great STAR TREK film with an audience that was this fired up… Well, they wouldn’t trade places with JJ in Sydney at that Opera House for the WORLD PREMIERE for anything. That was sweet. The audience whooped and hollered and made their appreciation known. I did notice though that after the lights dimmed, Brad Weston was standing along the wall – at the side of the theater – but when the film print came up… and it was WRATH OF KHAN – the audience cheered and it was GORGEOUS. Crystal clear. Beautiful. And I was in a good place. When I went up, I asked the audience how many of them had never see KHAN on the big screen and about 2/3rds of the audience hadn’t! PARAMOUNT – can we screen WRATH OF KHAN before STAR TREK opens please?! This theater was filled to 100% capacity by folks, some of whom, drove hundreds of miles to see WRATH OF KHAN. Then – as Saavik begins barking commands – green lines appeared on what I was told was to be a brilliant new print of WRATH OF KHAN – and I thought… “A Tim League Special!” I was told that Paramount printed a special 6 minutes of KHAN to do this to – and this was not something being done to an actual print of WRATH OF KHAN! Whew! Now – if you’ve read Quint’s review… You know what happened next. Tim League takes a mike saying he has to go kick a projectionist’s fucking ass and asks Orci, Kurtzman and Lindelof to bide time. At this point – I knew we were seeing STAR TREK. I’ve pulled this exact gambit many times in the past. It’s my fave. I love surprising an audience. But I have to admit, I was enjoying the show the guys were putting on. I believe it was Kurtzman that began singing the original Trek theme into the mike… And out of nowhere – I saw SPOCK. I lost it. I’ve seen every other Classic Trek actor in person. I had drinks with Shatner. But I’ve never seen Nimoy in person – and I just started to cry I was so happy. It’s SPOCK! He’s Here! That’s all I could think. I couldn’t really hear what he was saying – and I couldn’t even see him because everybody was standing and I was stuck in this fucking wheelchair – but GODDAMN IT – I knew I was sharing airspace. And that was enough. That was goddamn amazing! When the 3 rows in front of me finally settled down and Nimoy began performing his bit. Scoffing at Tech problems – and asking the audience wouldn’t they rather see the NEW movie – and how they couldn’t let the film’s first audience be in Australia – But right here with a fiercely geeky audience of domestic Trek lovers! Tears rolled down my face. People where slapping high fives – and I, for once, was one of those people. For once, I was really caught up in it all. And my fears about JJ’s film disappointing an audience geared for WRATH OF KHAN? 100% unfounded. I’m not going to open up the bottle of worms and say this film is better than STAR TREK II – because nothing can be better than STAR TREK 2. That film embodies everything that every Trekkie and Trekker loves about STAR TREK, except those crazy people that prefer the goddamn whales – which I love because it’s the best cuddly Star Trek that there has ever been. BUT DAMMIT, It ain’t KHAN. OK… So we’re 1800+ words in and I haven’t talked about JJ’s STAR TREK yet. Don’t worry – I’ve got a lot to say – starting right now! At the top of this story, I said, “God Bless JJ Abrams!” And I went all weepy about “Magic” and how I experience it from the perspective of the magician in terms of events – but you see… Pulling off a surprise… That’s relatively easy. It’s about the economy of who knows what. PARAMOUNT was very good about not letting anyone domestically know till today. And they only let Tim League know. And TIM. I guaran-fuckin-tee ya – Tim relished the notion of pulling one over on me. This is like his dream. BUT – ultimately – the movie has got to fucking deliver. This film is the first full fledged A-level STAR TREK movie since STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE and the first truly successful one. The film works on emotional levels, time-travel logic levels, hard science levels, action levels and at tackling the very goddamn tricky notion of recasting icons of a beloved series! Let’s see if I can describe a scene that will give you a notion of just how awesome the science fiction action is. There’s a moment during the attack on the KELVIN at the beginning of the film, where you’re on some anonymous deck of the KELVIN when a torpedo smashes into the hull creating a vacuum. It’s sound and fury – and we track along through the fury with a crew lady as she’s sucked out into the vacuum of space… And suddenly – it is silent – but you’re seeing explosions and phaser fire and torpedoes ripping away at the ship – and it is silent – and the science GEEK in me died of happiness a bit. Later during the SPACE JUMP sequence – we revisit the device - as they fall into the atmosphere of Vulcan – it goes from silence to the ferocity of wind shears and a really fast fall. And again – it’s using the science of what is happening. When you see the pull back shot of the KELVIN at one point – you can see the zero G debris. The way we go from characters talking next to a window to a beauty pass of the shuttle craft as it approaches the station where many Federation ships are docked… It’s the sort of thing that harkens to those beautiful mastershots of the Enterprise as Scotty takes Admiral Kirk aboard the Enterprise… Only more accomplished. JJ’s STAR TREK has a singular purpose at its heart, to reboot the STAR TREK franchise in such a way that you never have to deal with continuity issues… where you can play with these characters without being beholden to everything that came before… but with the spirit and the love for that Universe clearly entrenched in every frame. The actors are not mimicking the originals, necessarily – so much as becoming those characters. This could very well be the most accomplished REBOOT of any major series I’ve seen. It is confident and sharper than you can imagine. The lead off sequence of the KELVIN encountering the big bad Romulan whatever that Nero (Eric Bana) controls is so much better than I ever could have hoped for. When I first saw part of this scene in the editing bay with JJ – he told me it was part of the birth of Kirk sequence – and I thought that sounded like something that could suck… BUT I really loved the look of the Kelvin approaching something – that I didn’t know what was. BUT I had no context really of what that scene would be. Unless you’ve read Trek novels – you really don’t know that much about Kirk’s background. I knew he was from Iowa. We know he cheated at the Kobayashi Maru. Something happened between him and Carol Marcus at some point. And we know he became Captain of the Enterprise after two others. BUT that’s about it. The history you see for Kirk here is not the history of Shatner’s Kirk. Shatner’s Kirk was raised by two parents and had a strong father that inspired him to go to Starfleet. Here… In a magnificent opening sequence, we see Kirk’s father be a fucking hero. This sequence is FANTASTIC! After it, the movie officially begins and man… It flies. The device for time travel has nothing to do with CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER – it has to do with something that Spock created to save Romulus from a Supernova in a truly tremendous sequence which you’ll see via another wonderful stylistic revision of something we’ve seen a lot before, but never produced like this! Wait for that Mind Meld… it is awesome! Anyway – after the KELVIN sequence we see a bit of both Kirk & Spock’s childhoods. We see Spock being teased by older Vulcan elitists that test his human side through torment. We see Kirk rebelling against his Step-father. We also see that he’s tough. The first character moment that I just fucking loved, that I hadn’t seen before tonight, was the introduction of Leonard “Bones” McCoy. He’s a character that has led another entire life before joining Starfleet. He’s already cantankerous and a bit fucked over by life – and he is a technophobe and when you see this scene. It’ll likely be the 3rd or 4th time the audience will involuntarily clap or cheer. There will be many more such moments for the audience to chime in. Now, the fun thing that comes into play in this universe is how that initial encounter between the Kelvin and Nero has affected the flow of this timeline. All of a sudden, BALANCE OF TERROR is not the first Federation encounter with Romulans. All of a sudden, characters are being put together through different events – and some through the same events. But there is a degree of destiny at play here that I love. Nimoy’s SPOCK is fascinated by how it plays out. BTW – Nimoy rules. Just had to say that. And dammit! I still haven’t met him. I was close. About 3 feet away, but I just couldn’t bring myself to approach him. The last time a human affected me that way was Carl Weathers, believe it or not, and that was during the wrap party on THE FACULTY. That’s been a long time, since I was starstruck like that. Anyway… These characters were meant to serve together. There’s something exceptionally comforting about that notion. The cast uniformly does an outstanding job of fulfilling their terrifying tasks. The STAR TREK 90210 fear is understandable. Only two audiences on the planet have now seen the film, the rest of you are woefully underserved by what you’ve seen so far. The trailers tend to be nothing but BIG MOMENTS. Lots of furious stuff going on – and you can’t really imagine how it can all come off, and I’m not gonna tell you to trust me – you won’t and you shouldn’t. I just had a really fucking amazing version of seeing this film for the first time and so did everyone that saw it with me in that blessed theater tonight. And you probably shouldn’t trust anyone other than yourself, because anyone that sees it before you. Well, they’re a lucky fucking bastard that aren’t you. And just on that basis alone, you shouldn’t trust them. BUT… I will tell you this – if you’ve ever loved anything about STAR TREK, you’re gonna love this. And most likely, if you’ve never loved STAR TREK, you’re about to. This film truly has the potential to win over an awful lot of folks that have thought STAR TREK was Wagon Train in Space. And not the Space Opera of STAR WARS. For the very first time in the history of STAR TREK – no expense was spared and the story has action and situations far more exciting than anything we’ve ever seen in STAR TREK before. Are these actors better than the originals? Well, nobody can say that based on a single film. They’re different, but with the same spirit. The hardest two jobs in the film belong to Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Of the two – Chris Pine has the even harder task – because he doesn’t particularly look like Shatner. He definitely doesn’t sound like Shatner – and he isn’t in make-up or even a hair piece to look like Shatner. So how does Chris Pine do it? Through Actions. And the first real actions by Kirk that felt 100% full-blooded Kirk… well it is the Kobayashi Maru. You know how in Star Trek II: THE WRATH OF KHAN – when Kirk has been marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet – he’s just as calm and pleased as hell? Remember when Saavik is quite insistent that he tell her how he beat the no-win scenario of the Kobayashi Maru – and Kirk tells her with a cocky smile? And ya know how later, she asks if he’s playing out that scenario right now? And Kirk calls Spock and you realize that Kirk and Spock had been speaking in code and that the Enterprise and its crew are fucking the balls? Well, Chris Pine on the Kobayashi Maru… He’s that Kirk. And he IS THAT KIRK! Not how he looks, but how he is. And I ate every blessed second up. No matter how you ever thought Kirk acted when he knew he had rigged the program… You’re probably wrong, but how it is played out here… It is perfect! Absolutely perfect! Then there’s Zachary Quinto’s SPOCK. In a way, he’s got the toughest job of all, because he not only has to play SPOCK, but he even has to play a scene with the REAL SPOCK. An awful lot has been said about the “Anger” displayed by Sylar in the trailers. Astute fans have noted that Spock is in fact Half-human and in his youth – he had trouble checking his feelings, which are in Vulcans – albeit buried deep as to not compromise their belief in acting Logically. But as we have seen in many episodes, Spock does get caught smiling, he has cried and he has been angry. In this film though, something happens that has never happened to the SPOCK we have known. And well, that pissed off half of SPOCK bubbles up. And I have to say, if Spock was ever compromised by his emotions – it should be in this movie, for the reasons he is. His emotional response is… perhaps logical. Quinto doesn’t have the gravitas of Nimoy’s voice, but he is great in the role – perhaps playing with the duality of his logical & emotional soul more than Nimoy ever did outside of an occasional Vulcan Glandular situation which caused radical emotional reactions or an occasional smile here or there. But it is an absolutely fascinating take on the character. No STAR TREK has ever looked this good or was this thrilling. The film leaves us exactly where a reboot should leave me, thirsting for more. Pondering the possibilities and hoping we get the chance to see them. This is easily the most expensive STAR TREK movie ever made and it shows on screen. Wait till you see the phaser battle that Kirk and Spock have with the Romulans on Nero’s Ship and how… in a way, it reminds one of that 3 Dimensional Chess set that some of us learned to play as particularly nerdy children. One – the set is beautiful – and there’s a part of me that longed to see it in 3D, because the set screams for dimensionality. But I suppose IMAX will have to suffice. There’s also a great deal of great Non-Star Trek aliens. Meaning aliens that go further than ears, nose and forehead appliances. My favorite is this alien that you’ll see with Scotty, when we meet him. His name, I learned, was KEENSTER and he is played by DEEP ROY, yes, the guy that played every Oompa Loompa in Tim Burton’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. He isn’t listed on IMDB as being in the film, but trust me – it is him. Now, what I love about this alien is his full alien look – but most of all… it’s his eyes. They are definitely not human eyes looking through a mask. He has eyes on stalks, but not big EYEBALLS on the ends of stalks, but eyes like those of a snail coming out the sockets. And it isn’t terribly obvious – as it is very very subtle. In fact, that’s how a lot of the effects are here. There is a lot of hardware that does way cool shit, that has been in previous STAR TREKs, but it just works cooler here. Like the phasers. I’m a big fan of Phasers. I’ve been a raygun freak my entire life. Literally, as a boy my dad started me collecting old Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon and Space 1999 and Star Trek and Forbidden Planet guns. Here, the cool thing is the charge cycle on the phaser… it is automatic, it is quick, but it makes a cool sound, and indicates when it is ready – and it’s not something that’s a big deal. It’s just a little thing, that’s cool. LIKE WHEN THE ENTERPRISE warps just into the top layer of one of Saturn’s moons which would not show up on Nero’s sensors because of some sort of science stuff… But when Sulu manually using thrusters only comes out of the haze and smokey atmosphere… Holy Smokes man, that’s fucking cool! There’s stuff like that throughout the film. Little things, details peppered upon details. Like – apparently there’s a tribble somewhere – But I’ll be damned if I saw it, because… unlike Lucas, it wasn’t shoved into the front of a frame… I don’t think. There isn’t a lot of distracting unnecessary bullshit. The film isn’t about the cool whizbangery, it’s about the characters and the story about how… in this alternate time frame, they found each other. The background details and neat little geek shit… STAYS IN THE BACKGROUND, but is there if you look for it. First and foremost, the film is very aggressive in pursuing a very large scale story about a legitimate and deadly threat to the very existence of Starfleet. Which brings me to Nero and Eric Bana. Eric Bana has a very thankless task. His bad guy is not a showstopper. That isn’t what he’s about. I recently saw a very badass REVENGE flick out of Australia called THE HORSEMAN. It’s about a guy that discovers his daughter died of an overdose and left for dead after a porn shoot and he decides to basically kill everyone that was possibly responsible or took part in that porn and in giving her those drugs. And he’s just a really pissed off handyman. Eric Bana’s NERO is not some insane super genius. He isn’t some Prince of the Romulan Empire. He’s a miner. A futuristic miner. And like THE HORSEMAN, his life really got fucked over by Starfleet (he feels) and it has taken him years to figure out how to pay them all back, but he now has the means and way to exact his revenge – and man… it is a bitch. It is refreshing to see a Star Trek villain that isn’t obsessed with quoting Shakespeare or Melville, but that just has a fairly basic reason to be pissed off… and who has the skills to exact murderous revenge on a cataclysmic scale! AND is in a movie written and directed by people that do not intend to take those actions back through bullshit Time Travel reset buttons, but will actually create a story and a universe that is informed and dictated by those actions. This is the STAR TREK that I’ve been waiting for. STAR TREK that is on a grand level of spectacle, STAR TREK that is smart science fiction and STAR TREK that gives me characters that I love to spend time with. That’s the STAR TREK that JJ Abrams sprung on me tonight and for that, I say for a third time, “God Bless JJ ABRAMS!!!”











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  • April 7, 2009, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Nah, our future will be like in Futurama!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • April 7, 2009, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Oh, and it's Montalban, not MontalbaHn.

    by DerLanghaarige

    But that's just minor nitpicking.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:53 a.m. CST

    I am not a Trekfan

    by MorpheusTheSandman

    but I am looking forward to this movie! And great story, Harry!

  • April 7, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    this sounds

    by The InSneider

    AWESOME! I've never been a Trekkie but I have complete faith in Abrams, plus, it looks fucking awesome. i'm jealous.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST

    But Did Harry Like It?

    by kevinwillis.net

    Because I can't tell.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Balance of Terror was NEVER the first encounter

    by whitty

    I'm not sure what Star Trek you've been watching, Harry, but Balance of Terror was never the Federation's first contact with the Romulans. They had an entire war with them a century prior to that episode. If you mean that was the first time hey met face-to-face, then yes, that's true.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Oh, and by the way...

    by whitty

    LEARN TO WRITE, DUDE! That was just a rambling, incoherent mess.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to this film

    by Judge_Dredd

    I know it will be 2009's best film.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:01 a.m. CST

    The Big Question Will Be...

    by SamuelLappDance

    How will this movie play to audiences that do NOT have the very cool experience Harry, Quint and Massawyrm had. I mean, seriously. If years ago, Lucasfilm had lured a few hundred geeks to Austin with promises of 10 minutes of, say, "Attack of the Clones" or "Revenge of Sith" as part of a special screening of "The Empire Strikes Back" and then bait-and-switched and showed the new film ... the geek slobber would have been amazing.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Eric Banana

    by tonagan

    Hee.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Judge_Dredd

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Yes, JJ Abrams Star Trek will be better than James Cameron's Avatar.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    by Groothewarrior

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    by Groothewarrior

  • April 7, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    by Groothewarrior

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    by Groothewarrior

  • April 7, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    by Groothewarrior

  • He has to play with the REAL SPOCK. Yes that is how I will see this movie. There are these actors and characters and there are the REAL actors and characters.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST

    FUCK. Harry liked it.

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    It's gonna suck HARD.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Read the damn comics, Harry

    by _Palmer_Eldritch

    Dude, seriously, read Star Trek Countdown and all the backstory will become clear. That comic series convinced me the film will be good. The way they link it to the TNG universe shows the kind of respect to the fans that 99.9% of all other reboots DO NOT SHOW. <p> And yeah, the comics are rushed and the dialogue is garbage, but there's a good story somewhere in there, and the idea is great.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Cobra-Kai

    by SamuelLappDance

    The geek slobber on Harry's glasses is absolutely blurring his vision. Honestly, any review in which the reviewer was in a room with the actual talent who made the film is not reliable because: 1) that reviewer wants to be back in a room like that again; and 2) it's just not a REAL movie experience. It's not plopping down the $9 or $10 in some suburban multiplex and seeing it with the usual annoying, cellphone-ringing, seat-kicking masses. I love Harry's enthusiasm. And I wish I could summon tears like he can. He must be a friggin' mess at funerals! This was a way-special experience he and his AICN mates shared, and any reviews coming out of it just can't be relied on. Let's see how the movie plays with the mainstream media and their early reviews in the coming weeks.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Could not read it.

    by Larry Sellers

    Somehow his reviews are choppier when there are pictures integrated.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    This means it sucks

    by GeorgieBoy

    Harry gushed over Armageddon. Let's never forget that.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:45 a.m. CST

    But is it as highbrow as TNG?

    by Joely_Boy

    The culture, the literary references, and the wit: THIS IS STAR TREK.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    NAH NAH NAH I'm still not reading about the movie

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I read up till I saw the word Kelvin (???). <p> I don't wanna know!

  • April 7, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST

    I wish I could have been there so bad.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I thought about going. Not the movie so much, but a chance to be in the same room with Mr. Nimoy, AND the excitement of how that went down. Harry Knowles is absolutely wrong about the angry mob of pissed off fans, though. I have been around this site long enough to know that people get punch drunk over an event like that, and they would have gone ape and cheered over EVERYTHING. I stood in line to see Phantom Menace, for example, and people were cheering for that. I do like the fact that Paramount went forward in spite of Harry's warning, though. It shows they really have confidence in the work. And they only get confidence when they have lots and lots and lots of good feedback from people who matter.

  • April 7, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    This quote worries me...

    by jackalcack

    "Quinto doesn’t have the gravitas of Nimoy’s voice, but he is great in the role – perhaps playing with the duality of his logical & emotional soul more than Nimoy ever did outside of an occasional Vulcan Glandular situation which caused radical emotional reactions or an occasional smile here or there. But it is an absolutely fascinating take on the character." It sounds very apologetic. I want this film to be good but it just feels like one of those overexcited Harry reviews where he gets so lost in the experience he loses perspective a bit. I love that he started crying though, that's vintage Harry, the big softie.

  • April 7, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Excellent, Harry.

    by Nordling

    And Tim pulled one on you! Heheheheh!

  • April 7, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Leonard Nimoy

    by davidroland

    Never would I ever have been able to expect to see Leonard Nimoy in person giving the sign! It was a thrill to be there, Harry!

  • April 7, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Cotton McKnight - that's the key

    by HEADGEEK

    All the doubting thomases should pay attention to one thing! Paramount is having HIGH PROFILE screenings beginning on April 6th in Austin and April 7th in Australia... and for the next 30 days leading up to release - they'll be screening this movie around the world. Here in the U.S. and throughout Asia and Europe - and even to US Troops in the Gulf. <BR><BR>This is only something a studio does when they know they have A BIG DICK! They whip it out and show it a bunch, because THIS DICK DOES NOT COME UP SHORT!

  • April 7, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    I really don't like Star Trek

    by Giant Ape Balls

    But this looks brilliant!

  • April 7, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST

    I don't trust Harry's reviews (he loves everything)

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    but that was still a fun read. Now to move to the other reviews on AICN written by fellows of a more trustworthy nature.

  • April 7, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by jackalcack

    Would you agree with Massawyrm's assessment that it is the best Trek movie after Wrath of Khan?

  • April 7, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Great review

    by zapano

    it looks like it avoided many of pitfalls that beset many of the weak star trek movies, and more importatntly, the star wars prequels. really looking forward to this

  • April 7, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Harry LOVED Indy 4

    by BoyNamedSue

    Just remember that!

  • April 7, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    This film does sound amazing

    by MontyPigeon

    I like 60s Star Trek and some next generation but not really a fan. The trailers did look good and really refreshing, it had that feel. I'll be there to see it opening night. I gave my trust to Lucas for the prequels only to get shit on, so why not trust J.J. to do something. It does sound as if he's pulled it off. <p>I'm glad if he did, I think Star Trek fans deserve it. For years they have played second fiddle to the Lucas camp and now it looks as if Trek is about to reign over the dead corpse of Star Wars. Could this take Star Wars type money and become the biggest film of the year? If these reviews are to go by then why not?

  • April 7, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    I'm seeing it next week. Can't wait.

    by V'Shael

    Nimoy won't be there, but I met the dude once years ago at a book signing. <p> I haven't seen a Trek movie since First Contact. This really sounds like it's going to be worth the wait.

  • April 7, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Harry, why are you still in a wheelchair...

    by Cap'n Jack

    You goin' all Professor X on us?

  • April 7, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Poster tagline: "This dick does not come up short!"

    by CreasyBear

    - Ain't it Cool News

  • April 7, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    So, it's good is the vibe I'm getting from AICN...

    by Gabba-UK

    Nice to know that not even Harry knew about the switcharoo. The reviews from Quint, Harry and Massa aren't what are getting me excited. Its the fact that Paramount had the balls to do this using the best Trek film up to this point as bait. They clearly think they have a bigger cock than anyone else and are prepared to show it off.

  • April 7, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Agreed, its the confidence of the previews, not the reviews

    by quantize

    As all the AICN staff at one point or another have annointed shithole movies...

  • April 7, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Don't trust this review....

    by yodaismyhomie

    Harry says it himself. Don't trust anyone who sees this before me. As such I'm disregarding everything in this review.

  • April 7, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Nice but....

    by kbass

    Was Harry allowed to review this film or did he agree to remain silent about the special screening? Was this some sort of bootleg copy that could be obtained off of the internet? And what does the guy from FOX think about it?

  • April 7, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    Harry, How was Giacchino's score?

    by Marko Ramius

    Was the music canon, or epic like Goldsmith's?

  • April 7, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    i just saw it

    by sprucebruce

    don't believe the nerd hype. it's good but nothing special. comedy goes too far at times, quinto is shit, story is too confusing for the general public. i liked kirk and mccoy though. K Urban really nails it.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    The Winchester brothers would beat up

    by Toby_FN_Wong

    all those Star Trek people by themselves.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Fuck Me

    by inb4scriptgirl

    I have never once in my life liked anything Star Trek related, but this sounds like it'll fucking rock. I'll be there opening day. Harry, you lucky bastard!

  • April 7, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Harry, Do you really think Star Trek SHOULD be our future?

    by Ingeld

    A society organized around paramilitary values and authority? You are such a Herbert.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I've been to enough of these screenings

    by GAH

    That I've seen several of them get a tepid response immediately after. The Mist screening with Darabont in person was kind of like that. A lot of us loved it but others weren't impressed. I think just about every person walked away loving this movie. The spark of a great promotion is not enough to get people to blindly love something. It is not Indy 4. It is not the Star Wars prequels. Despite the conditions that we saw it under, it wasn't enough to cloud our experience to this extent. This is the Sci Fi movie you've been waiting for. This is the movie that geeks and non-geeks alike can agree on.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Marko Ramius - regarding Giacchino's score

    by HEADGEEK

    It supported the film fantastically. That's all I can say right now - as my brain on first viewing was distracted by EVERYTHING else. However, hopefully at some point to day, Scorekeeper will chime in on STAR TREK and the score, because he really has an ear for that sort of thing... but he was smiling really big afterwards.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I'm guessing the music score is pretty incidental

    by Rubiks Doob

    Because no one online has mentioned a single word about it yet... oh well. Not even Harry's trillion word gush fest has a single sentence about it so...

  • April 7, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Ingeld

    by HEADGEEK

    Actually, that isn't the point of Starfleet... sure in the Film world they hone in on action orientated situations, whereas in the series - they're diplomats, scientists, historians, anthropologists, etc. ALSO - the whole future isn't Starfleet - I'd say, just like here on Earth today - a minority go into Government positions - the same strata exists in Star Trek. There are musicians, people that own bars, people that make booze, people that make glasses that people drink booze from, etc, etc, etc... <BR><BR>A future where we've solved out own problems and are moving to help others solve their problems and join us in a civilized universe... That's a pretty bright future. Especially since we see ZERO evidence of Fascist Militaristic bullshit, but a military that serves society and keeps the peace.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Jazzed for the movie but...

    by bigbill

    HArry, for Kahless' sake! Get a fucking editor to cut your reviews down. 1800 fucking words before you get to the fuckingmovie? If it wasn't your website, you'd have been canned after one of these.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Discrepencies in Harry's review.

    by Penetron

    1. "you run a very real chance of pissing the audience off and having hostility on your hands." That crowd is would be as hostile as a sleeping baby. bunch of nerds who get winded lifting their sodas to their cavity-laden mouths.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Shook hands with Nimoy at a Toys R Us in Houston

    by Crimson Dynamo

    about the time Mego was launching their Star Trek dolls, must've been '74 or '75

  • April 7, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I love that Nimoy has embraced Spock.

    by rev_skarekroe

    After spending the '70s trying to get away from the character.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Nimoy...

    by _Palmer_Eldritch

    ...actually still looks quite fit for his age. Glad to see he's supporting the movie (then again, I guess he needs the paycheck). <p> I wonder if any other former principal players (*cough*Shatner*cough*) will get a preview screening??

  • April 7, 2009, 9:37 a.m. CST

    i thought the score was good

    by sprucebruce

    its great during the opening. there's a lot of rock n roll during the 10 y.o kirk sequence, he plays it in the car then it keeps playing after the car goes over the cliff. not like the music in the trailer. also there's a part in a bar with futuristic rock.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:37 a.m. CST

    What about the Script? Is there ANY weight?

    by conspiracy

    I had no doubt it would be fast paced, action packed and beautiful...but not ONE reviewer has mentioned the script. Not one hyperbolic, Red Bull fueled, freshly Star Fucked reporter has said a word as to whether those nitwits stuck in fart,piss,and masturbation jokes. Nobody has said squat about how these characters interact with their world, other than they are reverential while feeling "fresh". </p><p>PLEASE tell me that Hack ORCI pulled a rabbit out of his base pandering ass and wrote with some heart and respect...tell me he has risen above everything he has shat on us before...tell me this is a GOOD script and not another Orci/Kurtzman punch job.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    I bet Harry was thinking to himself, GOD BLESS BRIAN SINGER...

    by gruemanlives

    ...for Superman Returns also when he saw that film.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Jesus Harry! Why can't you just get your review!

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    You have to spend 5 minutes reading his backstory just to find out whether he likes the film or not!!

  • April 7, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    So...Selzer and Friedman will probably spoof this

    by zillabeast

    In some ungodly SPACEBALLS remake. *sigh*

  • April 7, 2009, 9:40 a.m. CST

    spoilerz..

    by sprucebruce

    just remembered there's also a BVULLSHIT sequence where kirk's hands grow to like 5 times the normal size. when he first struts his stuff on enterprise. it so god damn stupid. indy 4 level of franchise fail

  • April 7, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I AM SO DOWNLOADING THIS!!!!

    by themasterofnonsense

  • April 7, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Do you think

    by Chippy Fon Toast

    that Harry *REALLY* cries everytime that he says he does in his reviews? Or do you think he just says that because he believes it makes the stories better? Can he not love a movie without it causing him to cry? Didn't Indy 4 make him cry 'tears of fucking joy?'

  • April 7, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry!

    by Marko Ramius

    That's been the one issue I have with this reboot. I am really, really excited for this!!!

  • April 7, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Waiting in line

    by Chippy Fon Toast

    for 22 hours for a movie is RIDICULOUS. Crumbelievable.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    And what the f*ck

    by Chippy Fon Toast

    is Kobayashi Maru? I don't wanna have to google in the middle of a movie review. How bout some context?

  • April 7, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Harry in a wheelchair

    by IndyCollector

    Yoko just has to be pissed. Ghost Town went nowhere, John Carter of Mars was taken away, Harry isn't losing weight, now he's in a wheelchair and I'm sure she has to have a small entourage to push his ass around and have a crane parked in the front yard to lift him in and out of bed and off the can. If I were her I'd be suing that mail order bride company.

  • April 7, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    how does one get a preview screening seat in london?

    by Mr_X

    Paramount, please give us a chance!

  • April 7, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Honestly I started to read this...

    by Ghostwood

    but each paragraph seemed like a blog. Honestly, dude, we all had the same experience with Wrath of Khan -- I really don't care to read about yours. I used to like this site, but it's starting to feel dated now. I don't know about the rest of the people in here, but a review would be nice, not your experience about attending an event.

  • April 7, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    So its on par with STARGATE?

    by dioxholster

    if it has as much entertainment value as stargate then im in! actually i love star trek, which is the mother of stargate. so clearly im not missing it.

  • April 7, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    God, There is a... also, new SciFi show?

    by BEASTfeast

    If this be true... schwing! and double schwing! Probably not the appropriate venue... but anybody been watching this SciFi (SyFy) show WCG Ultimate Gamer? So far, I'm a big proponent. It's like Road Rules without all the d-bags and thrown into the world of gaming. Tonight's episode (10/9c) has a Halo 3 challenge combined with actual paintball wars, which promises to be pretty ultimate. Anyone seen it?

  • April 7, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    "last time a human affected me that way was Carl Weathers"

    by gusradio

    Your killing me man. Was he in the buff?

  • April 7, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Literacy

    by Embeedeuce

    What I liked in Old Trek was its literacy. Steeped in classical literature and myth. And our heroes were all well read. Khan and Kirk trading references in TOS? Very cool. Added a human layer against the cold Sci Fi backdrop of an unknown galaxy (and 60's production design). I feel like that may be the one thing missing in this reboot.

  • April 7, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    MUCH more realistic review on CHUD

    by themasterofnonsense

    from one of the folks who attended this event. They liked it, but they did have several criticisms. Harry is WAY too big of a studio bitch boy to be doing reviews, so go over to CHUD if you want the real thing.

  • April 7, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    ST: TMP 1979

    by alcester

    THE BEST STAR TRECK MOVIE!

  • April 7, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    IndyCollector

    by eric haislar

    Harry has been in a wheel chair for over 10 years dude.

  • April 7, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    themasterofnonsense

    by dioxholster

    fuck u assfaCE AICN is the best review site ever and chud wrecks of sausage juice. fuck u ass

  • April 7, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I take Harry's raves with not just a grain of salt

    by skimn

    but a 10 pound saltlick. The best adjective for Harry is giddy, like a schoolchild (echoes of Last Crusade). But of what I've seen of this, I'll be there for opening weekend at the local Imax.<p>BTW, Harry, Kael did not consider all sci-fi silly. She liked Empire, preferred Doom to Raiders (?!), and championed films as wide ranging (and B-movieish) as Dreamscape and The ReAnimator. And she was one of DePalma's biggest fans, she LOVED The Fury.

  • April 7, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I swear

    by Omar B

    Just post the damn reviews. I don't care about some story about you and your dad, or what happened before the movie or any of that crap. It takes almost half a page of wading through useless blather to get to the actual article.

  • April 7, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I always chuckle at those slamming Harry's reviews

    by skimn

    for being long winded, and/or containing too much back story. I have to ask..first time on the site?

  • April 7, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Harry - Lay Off Trek III

    by Read and Shut Up

    "Search for Spock" was a fantastic film, but it had to follow "Khan," so cut it some slack. There's so much darkness and raw emotion in this film, it leaves fans uncomfortable. <p> <p> Listen, we all love "Khan" - no doubt - but "Search for Spock" is also an incredible, moving film. So ease up big fella.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    The Best Trek movie ever is...

    by OBESE_WAN_KENOBI

    Trekkies. Search your feelings... You know it to be true.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    I hope they try this SWITCH with GB 3 for the first film

    by Six Demon Bag

    austin burns to the ground

  • April 7, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Well ...

    by Lain Of The Net

    ...I never said I would not go see it but you have given me a bit more hope. I'd like nothing more than to come out feeling the way I did after Kahn. Sure I was bawling but I knew I had seen a quality film. Hey I like the "damn" whales too!! Even liked the "Search for" film because I thought the characters finally had to pay up for all the times they said they would give it all for each other.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    dioxholster

    by themasterofnonsense

    Are you hitting on me? Because if you are....IT WORKED!

  • April 7, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I just can't read Harry reviews anymore

    by Trazadone

    I love the site and the constant enthusiasm, but Harry, you're reviews are too long, too histrionic, with too much hyperboyle. I just find myself getting increasingly annoyed as I scan through paragraph after paragraph in an attempt to find where the actual review begins. I swear, I don't think I've read a full Harry review years.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Traza

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    I don't think I've EVER been able to get through a Harry review and I've visited this site for 10 years. I don't think it's possible to get through one.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    CHUD sucks

    by critch

    A collection of every "We're smarter than you" Film School reject who are against anything remotely commercial. It's the same website that said Fantastic 4 was better than Batman Begins. So of course, they're the only ones on the ENTIRE INTERNET to downplay it, and even they can't say it's bad. Even Spruce is trying to bring it down but can't say anything worse than "It's good but not great." Face it haters, JJ just gave us a winner and one of the best movies of the summer. And Orci and Kurtzman RULE THE SUMMER.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    What the fuck Harry

    by Chadley BeBay

    I just wanted a review... that went on and on for-fucking-ever. SHUT UP WITH YOUR GUSHING

  • April 7, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Torrents don't fail me now..............

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • April 7, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    awful, awful review

    by cool_britannia79

    thank fuck for quint.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    critch

    by themasterofnonsense

    without a doubt CHUD is FAR from perfect (no review site is). However, the Trek review posted there was NOT written by one of the CHUD staff but submitted by an outside source. Oh, and if you want true suckiness look no further than AICN! The proud home of Scriptgirl and Yoko's cool cuts.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    BTW

    by themasterofnonsense

    The reviewer was overall very pleased with the new Trek, they just pointed out that there are some faults and the film is not perfect.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Hey, it ain't no WETA job, but nice work on the model, HARRY

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    And granted it's in the curious location of a display case instead of a majestic orbit around a far off planet, so that's probably dampening the ultimate coolness factor.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    THE LAST PHOTO IS H. ROSS PEROT

    by Mullah Omar

    Makes sense, because that guy was a space case.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Hey, Harry, was Gordon Jones at the screening?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Gordon has always been one of the biggest Trek fans I've ever known, and I haven't spoken with him since this surprise event came to pass. I would have loved to have seen his reaction when Nimoy showed up and the reality of the event started to become clear.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Now I know why Harry.....

    by Rob0729

    confines actually reviewing the film he is reviewing to one paragraph in a 10-20 paragraph review. Otherwise, you get this long rambling review that lost me long before Harry actually got to the review.<br><br> Just a suggestion Harry, this should have been two different articles. One with the whole backstory of the event and one with the actual review. It would have been a more interesting read. I spent most of the backstory of the event stuff skimming looking for the promised review.

  • April 7, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Star Trek presents a world where we DID blow ourselves up...

    by Frisco

    ...and worse. But then we rebuilt. There's a very Mad Max-ish period in there between the world we see outside the window now and the world of Kirk and McCoy.

  • April 7, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    "how they couldn’t let the film’s first audience be in Australia

    by white_vader

    What a fucking jingoistic arsehole thing to say. Are you kidding me? A 5 year old articulates that way. Jesus Christ. And Harry and everyone else just ate it all up and cheered. Morons. Oh and Harry, the 7th in Oz IS the 6th in the States. We're ahead of you, remember?

  • April 7, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    Every time I read one of his reviews it takes me back to my first year of journalism class when my professor would constantly say "Put the information up front, people hardly ever read the whole article, save the details and the flowery stuff for last."

  • April 7, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    The image of Harry in wheelchair trying to see Nimoy

    by axel fff

    is pathetic and funny at the same time. And the model fatty painted looks like shit, too.

  • April 7, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Reluctant Austinite

    by HEADGEEK

    Yes

  • April 7, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    white_vader

    by HEADGEEK

    well aware of that. Still, when our screening ended - it was still 2 hours till it started in Australia.

  • April 7, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Hardly Interested

    by donkey_lasher

    I'll wait until this comes out on DVD. <p> And I've just busted a gut reading about the Twitter hate on the other talkback and how people still can't understand the concept.<p>

  • April 7, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    EricHaisler

    by HEADGEEK

    Actually 5.

  • April 7, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I like Trek.

    by donkey_lasher

    But this film stretches it too far. Time Travel AGAIN!

  • April 7, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Bored of ST and the James Kirk era.

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Really its time to move on and show the fuure of the Federation. All this Enterprise and TNG shit is just refried beans!

  • April 7, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Um does anyone see how callous this film is?

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    It's just an obvious ploy to use name recognition and young "hip" actors in the same film. Doesn't that bother anyone? Don't you feel like you're being manipulated? Guess not...

  • April 7, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    VIDEO from entire event in Austin

    by Kraken

    http://digg.com/d1oANL

  • April 7, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Thanks Harry

    by How2fish

    I've been on the fence on what this flic would be, your passion for the work has me fired up..and for the morons that talk about writing skills..you can't complete a sentence without a curse word or moronic "I'm such a hipster" phrase of the day..please

  • April 7, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Harry: How Big Is Nimoy's Role??

    by genrefanboy

    Please answer this one for me and also how does he seem in the part as obviously he has been away from acting for a while. Is he the Spock we all know and love. Thanks

  • April 7, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I'm Really Happy For You Harry!!!

    by Media Messiah

    It has been a while since AICN.com got a big exclusive that had fanboys and fangirls instantly buzzing worldwide, and although I am not sold on the film, I will say it was incredibly classy of Paramount and JJ and crew to do this...and for Nimoy to participate. Anyway, congratulations to all, and good luck!!!

  • April 7, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Every time I consider seeing this film

    by Muki

    I can't help but think of Superman Returns. Fool me once.... <br><br> Think I'll wait for it to show up online.

  • April 7, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    GET TO THE POINT,FATTY

    by AwkwardAvenue

    YOU EVER HEAR OF REVIEWING THE MOVIE?

  • April 7, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    'IT'S FUCKING THE BALLS'

    by BringingSexyBack

    I tell ya, Harry, I caught a bit of your infectious enthusiasm from that write-up. The movie better be as good as you say, cuz you got me amp'd for some big budget Trek. Good work, I like your stream-of-consciousness writing.

  • April 7, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    FYI AICN LONDON - IMAX BOOKINGS

    by Mr_X

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  • April 7, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Thanks God it's good.

    by DC Films

  • April 7, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

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    by fam8sion

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  • April 7, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Idiocracy...

    by DeadPanWalking

    ... will be our future.

  • April 7, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

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    by fam8sion

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  • April 7, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    The script

    by veritasses

    was always the biggest concern. Abrams has a creative mind, knows how to use the camera, can pull out what he needs from the actors and assembled a very solid cast. Orci/Kurtzman, on the other hand, have proven to be hit or miss.

  • April 7, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Kal Penn's gonna work in the White House???

    by Six Demon Bag

  • April 7, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Glad I got turned away

    by wishitwerecool

    Wow, I'm glad I got turned away last night at the Drafthouse since I didn't get there early enough--I wanted to see Wrath of Khan. I probably would've stood up and left if I'd gotten in. I couldn't give a crap about the new one although I would've been cool to see Nimoy in person.

  • April 7, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Next Trek villains ... easy.

    by riskebiz

    You want villains for this next film in the Abram's Trek? They have a rogues gallery that would rival Batman. I'd like to see big screen interpretations of Charlie X, Mudd, Kirk from the Mirror Mirror universe (Shatner anyone?), General Trelane, Nomad, Gary Seven ... there's a huge list to draw upon ... and then there is Khan. Personally, I'd love to see Shatner as Kirk from the Mirror, Mirror universe go up against Pine's Kirk.

  • April 7, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    wishitwerecool

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    that's awesome. I wonder if anyone actually did split when they found out they wouldn't be seeing Wrath of Khan?

  • April 7, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    NukeTheFridge.COM has NEW “The Expendables” PICTURES

    by fam8sion

  • April 7, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Klytus

    by HEADGEEK

    nope

  • April 7, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Good Review Harry, but was it a WORKPRINT?

    by fam8sion

  • April 7, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    But are the Orion Slave Girls?

    by BarbarianQueen

    Let's face it, that is the only question worth asking.

  • April 7, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    how newbie friendly is this film?

    by chaseguy17

    I've always fairly enjoyed star trek. I've seen all of the films, and a few episodes here and there. I missed the boat on watching the show religiously but I always grasped the basic concept. My girlfriend has likely never seen a single film or tv episode. Is this a film that will create new fans? Or does it still require a basic knowledge of science fiction genere (tractor beams, phasers, shields etc.)?

  • April 7, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    CHUD liked the last Punisher more than TDK

    by wash

    TDK had some issues and War Zone was fun, but in no way are they even close. I do like the site (most of the writers their are good, except the 5 year old that writes a lot of the DVD reviews) but sometimes they are a bit contrarian.

  • April 7, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I can't wait to download this!!

    by Dancingforever

  • April 7, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    We need Drew McWeeny's "NUKE THE FRIDGE" review!

    by fam8sion

    Now!

  • April 7, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I tend to skip over Harry's reviews...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Too much gush, hyperbole, and attempts at creating funny new catchphrases as opposed to delivering a solid review with content.

  • April 7, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Jamador79...hand in your geek card ASAP!

    by DoctorWho?

    Hell, you don't even have to be THAT much of a geek to know what the Kobayashi Maru is.

  • April 7, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    All I want to know is

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Will Trek fuck my cockhole with pussyjuice covered eyeballs and then assrape my dog with my mother's cock?

  • April 7, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Just got off the phone to JJ...

    by HarryBlackPotter

    He said he thought about doing it in 3D but didn't want to fuck anyone's eyes out like Avatar will. But Harry is right, this bad boy DEMANDS to be seen in IMAX. Oh yes. IMAX here I come bitches.

  • April 7, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST

    All I want to know is

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Will Trek sit on my toilet with a 500 pound hairy, warted ass and spew hundreds of gallons of volcanic shit through my pipes with the force of a million atom bombs, thus causing my house to be propelled thousands of miles into space?

  • April 7, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Harry, slightly off-topic question for you

    by Eclipse7015

    Why were/are you in a wheelchair?

  • April 7, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Where the fuck is the Cumpston review?

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

  • April 7, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    What a big shock

    by disfigurehead

    JJ throws table scraps at Harry and he just bends over and kisses his ass.

  • April 7, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Star Trek will be Good but not Great

    by Stabby

    like Mission Impossible 3. I enjoyed MI3, but it was not a work of genius, nor will this be. JJ Abrams is a competent director, but not a visionary. If he were he would create something original out of his own imagination like Gene Roddenberry did. And how can anyone trust Harry when he got it so wrong on Indy 4. Also, I can't believe they're going with the time travel plot device again. Why?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wasn't the Time War in the truly awful Enterprise the final nail that crucified that tired device. Isn't space travel and alien worlds and phaser battles cool enough?!

  • April 7, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    That said I enjoyed Harry's review

    by Stabby

    and thought it was one of his better ones. I actually enjoyed the back story and set up more than the review. But, definitely taking the review with a shaker of salt.

  • April 7, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Eclipse7015

    by themasterofnonsense

    It was a fat related accident. He was buried under 2 tons of movie memorabilia. Hilarious!

  • April 7, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST

    And now he IS 2 tons of move memorabilia!

    by themasterofnonsense

  • April 7, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Thats 'movie" not move

    by themasterofnonsense

  • April 7, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    So this is a serious version

    by medicinaluser

    of Galaxy Quest?

  • April 7, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Oh Lordy

    by medicinaluser

    I killded the t/b :(

  • April 7, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Sucky sucky

    by JuanSanchez

    Suck that cock, Harry. Suck JJ's cock.

  • April 7, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    "As a kid, I saw movies just like most of you do"

    by FleshMachine

    Harry you condescending douche

  • April 7, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Say what you want about Harry

    by wishitwerecool

    Personally I agree with a lot of you and find most of his reviews full of hyperbole and fanboism, but I will thank him for bringing all sorts of cool events and screening to the Austin area.

  • April 7, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    "As a kid, I saw movies just like most of you do"

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    yeah that is condescending.

  • April 7, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    by Octavian

    "As a kid, I saw movies just like most of you do." Sigh. What can you say to something as self regarding as that? Thank you for sharing your vast intellect with we ordinary people. Personally, I couldn't stand all that salty Movie Exec sperm, so please carry on.

  • April 7, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    The best movie I ever saw was...

    by andyny29

  • April 7, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Ironic that Harry often doesn't know the difference

    by FleshMachine

    between a good film and a bad one. There's no consistency. It's one thing to just love the occasional shitty film but his opinions really have become utterly irrelevant.

  • April 7, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Proof that CHUD is better than AICN

    by themasterofnonsense

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqoNsXMpI_Q

  • April 7, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Star Trek may rock but JJ Abrams nose looks like a penis

    by timothyarcher

    Seriously. Exhibit A - http://tinyurl.com/d47nk6 Exhibit B - http://tinyurl.com/czlh32 Exhibit C - http://tinyurl.com/coho8k

  • April 7, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    on the other hand..this could be a cool flik.

    by FleshMachine

    we'll see.

  • April 7, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    The best sci-fi movie i ever saw was...

    by andyny29

    star wars in the cinerama theater in honolulu hi june 1977. for two hours i completely lost my mind and wanted to see the next showing but they kicked everyone out. nobody could figure out how the fx was done. most entertaining movie i have ever seen.

  • April 7, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    The dirty "truth" about AICN?:

    by FleshMachine

    http://efilmcritic.com/feature.php?feature=724

  • April 7, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    CAN CHUD'S FONTS GET *ANY* SMALLER?

    by ChaimBenSexyback

    Christian Titty-Fucking Bale I hate reading their site.

  • April 7, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    andyny29

    by FleshMachine

    star wars eh? neat, never heard of it.

  • April 7, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Why Does NukeTheFridge.COM have new The Expendables pics & AICN

    by dafne54321

  • April 7, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Wow! This talkback is slow. Where is everyone?

    by dafne54321

  • April 7, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    If you are looking for other movie news goTO NukeTheFridge.COM

    by dafne54321

  • April 7, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Already downloaded and watched early version

    by Viewer 3

    Well, not really.<p><p>I'm guessing there were no TNG cameos. That's probably the only reason I would've actually gone to see this.

  • April 7, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    The review

    by Kinneas

    Wow. Also. Yes. Blessed! Historic. Congratulations!

  • April 7, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Ha Ha Ha Star Wars is dead!!!

    by picardsucks

    HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa Atar TRek reboots with class HAHAHAHAHAHAHA you fuckers get Jar Jar Binks and Hayden Christainson HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA Fuck Off Ewoks !!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA "Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  • April 7, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Will Nimoy voice Galvatron in Transformers 3?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

  • April 7, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Of course people were slapping high fives

    by SithMenace

    But were there any chest bumping fat kids?

  • April 7, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    fantastic review of Wrath of Khan Harry

    by BillboeFett

    Now how about giving us a review on the new JJ Abrams movie?

  • April 7, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    ATTENTION LINDELOF

    by BillboeFett

    Give us the flashback to the Black Rock dude... don't finish up season 6 without it dude.. I'm talking the high seas, swashbuckling, splashing waves, the starboard bow.. all of it dude. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. You and Cuse owe us from the Libby backpeddle you did. Comeon now.

  • April 7, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Harry's reviews...

    by LastDragon

    ...have always been this way, and it amazes me that people still come in and complain about it. Harry writes for a specific niche- the film geek. That is why he always gives his background regarding the property, as well as sets the scene and atmosphere before the actual review. Harry's movie reviews are not so much about the movie but the experience of seeing the movie. It's why he is seen as overreaching with praise on movies that many other felt weren't very good-his experience with the movie probably was. It's also why he doesn't apologize or answer the accusations that he is biased-he most absolutely is biased and his reviews are largely based on his feelings/history/excitement with the property in question. That's the way he's approached it from the start. I saw someone ask if AICN was a blog, which surprised me since this site has always been a blog about the movie geek culture rather than an up-to-the-minute move news or straight review site.

  • April 7, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Give it up, FleshMachine

    by YackBacker

    Harry could be fucking a basket full of kittens for all I care. The man gives us a venue to geek out. AND he brought us the legendary Sly Stallone TBs. I have no beef with Knowles, and nor should any of you.

  • April 7, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Me and Mr Nimoy

    by ufoclub1977

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v18/ufoclub/meandspock.jpg

  • April 7, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    So tell me..

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Does Trek anally rape my great-grandfather's corpse while shoving pussyjuice-covered shitballs up my cockhole thereby causing me to cum diarrhea into my own open and willing mouth?

  • April 7, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    The AICN Star Trek review.

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    JJ Abrams is great, because he paid us to say that. Let's all Nom Nom Nom, and Slurp on JJ's ass & ballsack.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Hyperbole much? And it's "Mic", not "Mike"

    by JT Kirk

    "Mike" is a guy's name, short for "Michael". "Mic" is short for "microphone". Jesus Christ man, you've been doing this shit on the internet for 15 fucking years this year, get this sort of thing right! <p>Anyway, sounds like a great time was had by all, I am super jealous of you guys there getting this experience, and I appreciate Harry's backstory on the whole setup. I love "movie magic" like that, it's what keeps me going to the theater. My sister's favorite movie experience was when she and I went to see Superbad in the theater, it was a packed house, and the communal feeling of all those jokes hitting home blew her mind as she wasn't sure people would laugh at the stuff she enjoyed. But I digress a la Harry.... <p>Interesting write-up, but I will wait until real reviews written with an honest, untarnished eye have seen the film without the event hype skewing the reviews positive. And then I'll wait another month after that before expecting Harry's true review, buried deep among all the other hype pieces found on AICN which bury the true feelings in a sea of studio PR.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    LastDragon

    by whitty

    You wrote: "Harry writes for a specific niche- the film geek."<br /><br />More accurately, he writes for the illiterate film geek.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for Harry's AVATAR review!

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    It'll be the longest blowjob in the history of mankind.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    What a relief!

    by Angelus_420

    I am so happy to hear all the good reviews for this film. I really wanted this film to succeed.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Didn't it also premiere up in Vulcan, AB in Canada too?

    by tangcameo

    There was some big news item up here about Nimoy wanting the small town of Vulcan to get to be one of the first places to see the movie. Or did the studio nix that?

  • April 7, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Well, good to hear

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Because the last two Trek movies were godawful shit, just lazy and tired and silly and stupid, while the last trailer I saw actually looked really good and I would like for this movie to do well, but Harry, I've gotta say that you burned me bad with your unqualified rave of "Eagle Eye" and I don't think I'll ever trust you fully again. Meaning, your review is duly noted, but I'm still gonna need some corroboration before I fork over my dough for this.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Now get JJ to remake Star Wars I, II & III

    by tangcameo

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!

  • April 7, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    All signs good

    by Jefferies_Tuber

    Can't wait to see this movie. If Harry wanted to edit his posts, he'd get a job. Instead, he has his own business and does whatever the fuck he wants. I'm glad he's recording the experience of seeing the movie, because who gives a shit about reviews once a movie has come out? I like the idea of Nero not being too over the top, especially with the name Nero. If their whole thing is really about emotion and grounding these characters, then a strip-down CASINO ROYALE-like simple nemesis makes the most sense. I don't expect much from Giacchino in this movie, except that he curate and knit together the TOS music as well as possible. That's some holy music in SciFi and there is absolutely no reason it should be thrown out.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST

    WOW

    by cutest_of_borg

    I wasn't even there and I just came. Can't wait.

  • April 7, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Fuck that Jefferies_Tuber...

    by jaws8u

    I am expecting Giacchino to blow my doors off... anything less than 2 new spectacular themes will be a huge disappointment... Of course, ideally we will get some TOS, but I already own that, and I wouldn't mind something that is entirely Giacchino's take on Trek... I trust him. He's just that good.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Awesome!

    by enough22

    Great, really. How about the future of your dvd section, Harry? Can you see it too? Thanks again for crapping on us.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Check out my review

    by bobsjohnson

    Plus some clips http://digg.com/d1nrMA

  • April 7, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Enough

    by ZodNotGod

    If you aren't a fan of Trek, stop constantly posting it. Those of us who are fans, don't give a fuck and it sucks to be you. Can't wait to see this in IMAX! For those too stupid, If it weren't for "Star Wars" and its huge success, Trek would have came back to television and most likely have been canceled prematurely so stop the bullshit of picking and choosing one franchise over the other. It's dumb. Unless you are a fucking hobbit licker.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Haha, more Harry douchery

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC4FL1gUy4E

  • April 7, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    That last pic of Nimoy

    by kafka07

    is he being beamed up??

  • April 7, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Zzzzzz

    by ZodNotGod

    If you have to ask what the Kobayashi Maru is? Stay the fuck away. Fucking retards! Don't enter from the backdoor and expect to get it all down. Not the movie's job to educate YOU.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Remember Harry also liked Ep 1

    by Crooooooow

    The Phantom Menace when he first saw it

  • April 7, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    IAmJack'sUserID

    by themasterofnonsense

    Is that really his house? What a dump.

  • April 7, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    also

    by ZodNotGod

    Let's stop being retarded, if not for the huge success of "Star Wars" Trek would have most likely returned to series television as planned and been prematurely canceled. Because of the SW, Paramount got the idea for a movie instead.

  • April 7, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Of original ST cast members. Nimoy treats fans the best!

    by Orionsangels

  • April 7, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST

    FleshMachine - good article on Harry, thanks.

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 7, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Harry

    by BendersShinyAss

    I like you man, i feel sorry for you when you get a ton of shit here on your own site. i applaud what you do, but I FUCKING HATE the way you drop spoilers in your stupid innocent but visciously pompous way. That and your hatred for Brett Ratner's filmmaking. other than that... good show :) but on the spoilers, smoke a cock pal

  • April 7, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Get these FUCKING talking ADS off this damn site!!!

    by D.Vader

    Good freaking God this is the most ANNOYING SHIT ever. Take this bullshit OFF the website Harry. The damn thing wont ever shut up!

  • April 7, 2009, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I dunno, themasterofnonsense...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    I found it funny how when John McTiernan personally called Harry and said he knows who he is, Harry was like "well I bet you know who I am!" It was probably some assistant who called Harry, and McTiernan probably knew and still knows nothing about Harry.

  • April 7, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Your Kidding!!??

    by MainMan2001

    Harry Loved the Movies!!!

  • April 7, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Hey whatever happened to that Watchmen movie?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Did it ever come out?

  • April 7, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Harry God Love Ya You Cheeseball.. I'm Looking Forward To This O

    by Autodidact

    Big TNG fan here. First Contact is the only good TNG movie of course. Nemesis was such a pitiful way to go out. Corrolary to my personal bad movie red flag, which is dirt bikes in the trailer: dune buggies in the trailer (unless it's Mad Max).

  • April 7, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    "Pine has the harder task" "Quinto's got the toughest job"

    by D.Vader

    Shit, is it THAT hard to be consistent Harry? Good God.

  • April 7, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Interviews James Cameron

    by dafne54321

    http://tinyurl.com/c6ulx4

  • April 7, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Nemesis is on TV right now

    by Biffs_Pleasure_Paradise

    I've avoided it until now, and I see why.

  • April 7, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST

    There is a NEW clip over at NukeTheFridge.COM

    by dafne54321

  • April 7, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    JJ Abrams to Star Trek fans - By making this film...

    by detinue

    ...I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her; marooned for all eternity at the center of a dead franchise...buried alive! Buried alive!

  • April 7, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    There is a NEW clip over at NukeTheFridge.COM

    by dafne54321

  • April 7, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    It's been a long time since I heard the phrase

    by lockesbrokenleg

    best Trek movie ever.

  • April 7, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST

    2 new clips over at Movieweb!

    by CENOBITE

    ooh baby. cant wait! www.movieweb. com/news/NEnpNqsqqJjkqu

  • April 7, 2009, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Was that Ian Mcshane narrating the Harry Knowles clip?

    by D.Vader

    Anyone know? Thats bizarre.

  • April 7, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Fuck it, I'm in

    by bottombrick

    Dawson's creek cast or not - I'm psyched

  • April 7, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    mic harry mic

    by TheExterminator

    as in microphone...not someone's name

  • April 7, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    D.Vader - YES

    by medicinaluser

    It is him.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST

    great stuff harry...

    by iwasredempted

    i rip on harry occasionally because it's the thing to do but mostly it's in a good natured way. that wrath of khan new trek switch was genius. wish i was there. and i know all the haters think so too. people may say he's a starfucker but you know what it's called soft skill.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Harry nice review

    by Ironthorman

    For all the criticism you were taking (deservedly so in some cases)about your reviews being lame, you've had some really well thought out passionate articles lately. The screening sounds like it was loads of fun and I can't wait to see this flick. Kudos.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    The Harry Knowles clip

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    "In Hollywood, Harry Knowles has enormous power"<br> <br> Erm, sure... AICN has sucked, kissed and slurped their way around enough producers & directors asses & cocks. They're like a bunch of fucking vacuum cleaners now.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Harry, why are you still in a Wheelchair?

    by Orionsangels

    I hope you're alright. Great review by the way. I'm even more excited now to see this Film.

  • April 8, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST

    PLANT: Trek style

    by 420 Boylston St

    LOL. Give a free pass to film and they'll say anything. Sorry I'm not a fan of JJ Abrams, but Harry is. Changing and altering the history of these characters is a form of making them your own. I'm not interested in the characters being altered just to be some teenybopper summer film. No thanks for Star Trek, but I can't wait for Transformers 2.

  • April 8, 2009, 1:35 a.m. CST

    New 'Superman' Toy For Kids!!!

    by dafne54321

    http://tinyurl.com/dhy87r

  • April 8, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Sounds great but it won't matter if the $$$ aint made

    by The Founder

    I'm really looking foward to JJ's Trek, but I hope non Trek fans go see this cause they are going to be the ones who determine the real future of Trek

  • April 8, 2009, 2:02 a.m. CST

    IMAX?

    by ShadowTiger

    Does anyone know if there is a list of IMAX theaters hosting Star Trek? Even more specifically...will the IMAX in Austin be showing it? (It's not listed on their site yet, but I gather nothing in May is.)

  • April 8, 2009, 2:03 a.m. CST

    The Mainstream will decide the future of Trek

    by The Founder

    Won't matter how good the film, and suspect I will love it but this puppy has to make money, and I'm not a 100 percent convinced that the mainstream is gonna eat it up. Not being negative bit Star Trek has a limitedd demo despite its long run and success.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Why is there no MUTE CONTROL on these new ads?

    by thethedew

    Advertising on the Internet MUST be ignorable, or else I make a point to NOT BUY the ads that annoy me. So Says Me.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Crying again, Harry?

    by MattmanReturns

    I'm looking forward to "Star Trek," but I had to stop reading this gushing review halfway through when I realized Harry was overhyping the movie beyond any reasonable expectations.

  • April 8, 2009, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Re: Wheelchair

    by masteryoda007

    The words "Fat" Lazy" and "Cunt" spring to mind.

  • April 8, 2009, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    AVATAR<p>December

  • April 8, 2009, 5:08 a.m. CST

    "God Bless JJ Abrams". Just swallow his cum already!

    by Greenlee

    you sound like that Richard Christy from the Howard Stern Show that's letting a guy cum on his back just so Seth McFarlane will appear on the show.

  • April 8, 2009, 5:16 a.m. CST

    "That’s what BNAT tries to be. Magic!"

    by BurnHollywood

    Uh, Harry? Don't want to freak you out, but that came out a little Michael Jackson.

  • April 8, 2009, 6:02 a.m. CST

    THIS DICK DOES NOT COME UP SHORT!

    by robamenta

    man when you say something as moronic as that I cannot take you seriously. <br> it used to really bother me, the way that people on here would make fun of harry's weight problem...but then one time harry called sarah jesica parker a horse face...i think harry deserves all the critisism he gets on here. <br> I dont belive this review. ass kissing is what it read like

  • April 8, 2009, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Well said Motoko

    by masteryoda007

    In Jim we trust!

  • April 8, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    No objectivity

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    Jesus titty fucking Christ that was about as far from being a review as one can get.<p>Some individuals on this website have no shame, no honour and no minimum begging price.<p>It's im-fucking-possible to write a review through tears of joy because the studio have shipped in actors and producers to act as lube before the screening.<p>NOT IN ONE MILLION YEARS would anyone involved with AICN dare to look objectively at the hand which is supposedly feeding it and see a hand that is in fact tickling its tummy in the hope of generating more money. This wasn't about the love of the genre, the progress of the artists involved or any other such stuff - it was a daisy-chain of trough feeders, snout-fucking-deep, feeding off their own sense of privelege.<p>FUCK! Rant over...

  • April 8, 2009, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Damn, I wish New York had events like this

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    Seriously, New York is so dead, only geek theater still around is 14th street union square.

  • April 8, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Rant back on...

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    Here’s ‘How to write a review’ for children…not people who describe themselves as reviewers…but children. It’s just plain fucking humiliating to read how many of these basic (and I mean very fucking basic) guidelines Harry ignores in constructing his ‘review’.<p>In fact, it’s not a review at all, it’s a gush piece, almost a plant if you figure Paramount were underwriting the whole experience by shipping in – do my eyes deceive me through the tears or is that – Leonard Nimoy. <p>“Film reviews are important because they help people to decide which films to see.<p>They also help filmmakers learn what their audiences like and don't like…your reviews should be:<p>• Well written - make sure your work is not full of spelling mistakes: use a dictionary or ask an adult to check your work<p>- write in sentences, beginning with a capital letter and ending with a full stop<p>- names of films and characters should begin with a capital letter<p>- check that your work makes sense and you haven't left any words out<p>• Exciting - use qualitative adjectives to describe the film<p>• Interesting - give reasons for your opinions<p>Tell your readers whether the film is an animation or live action, and what genre of film it is.<p>Things to think about:<p>• What did you think of the story? (Don't give away the ending!)<p>• When and where is the story set?<p>• How are costumes, camera angles, lighting, sound, music and special effects used in the film?<p>• What are the characters like? Who do you think is important?<p>• Why do you think someone should watch this film....or not? This is your recommendation.<p>Godammit this site was a whole lot better before the studios absorbed it as marketing device.<p>The price of one’s soul on AICN? 15 minutes of fame…consumed by the very ideology it looks to deconstruct.

  • April 8, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST

    you know guys...harry is harry, he's always

    by southafricanguy

    been like this and this is nt the first time they have reviewed a movie well becos there is some relationship with the people that have made it (not saying trek isnt good, the reviews have got me really excited, hope its as good as everyone says). the point is...dont we expect this?, no use complaining about it guys, either just acceppt it for what it is, or dont come here. Harry aint ever gonna change (and thus neither will aicn) and nor should he, this is his site. I think most of us have learned to take Harry's reviews with a grain of salt, and understand the circumstances under which some of his reviews take place.

  • April 8, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST

    THE FOUNDER....I AGREE WITH YOU DUDE

    by southafricanguy

    Im also wondering if trek will make bank. So many people think trek is so dorky/geeky/nerdy that they would nt touch it with a 10 foot pole, even based on the new trailer. And trek is so unknown in many parts of the world, here in Korea (where trek is completely unknown) its called star trek:the begining, and its being sold as a completely new thing. And the same goes for Japan, Africa, South America and most of Europe (with uk and germany being the exceptions).

  • April 8, 2009, 6:53 a.m. CST

    hope im proved wrong, would be so cool to

    by southafricanguy

    trek finally become a real heavy weight franchise

  • April 8, 2009, 7:20 a.m. CST

    WavingFlagsInSpace – Please Read

    by CullenisPrime

    For one, no one expects to read Harry’s review and expects it to be perfect. He doesn’t have an editor on staff and the fact that he can articulate his experience as a fan over 10 pages with minor grammatical errors is just amazing. This review came from a person that was just blown away by not just the movie, but the experience altogether. To me the night sounded like a great time and he provided enough of an opinion of the movie for me to check it out. Additionally, the next time you want to bash someone else’s writing you may want to check out your own before you click send. For example: - When using bullets you should use the same character for each bullet - Each bullet comment should be capitalized at the beginning or at least be consistent for each line - “…….” Does not take the place of a comma. EVER. - If you begin a sentence with a (“) please end it with a (“). - Please check your spelling on words (i.e., “privelege” is not a word) - Throwing out nonsensical lines like “15 minutes of fame…consumed by the very ideology it looks to deconstruct,” doesn’t make you sound a like a good writer, it makes you sound like a douche. If you want a “review” of a movie, go to RottenTomatoes there will be hundreds. Or you can provide a link to us of your well written reviews, I am sure we would all love to read them. But if you want to read something written by an obvious movie fan please stay here and shut the fuck up.

  • April 8, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Harry for the love of god stop name dropping

    by Kief_Ledger

    it makes you sound so pretentious. That's cool that you've "had drinks with Shatner" and "Hung out with JJ in the editing bay" but there really isn't a place for it in a review. It makes you sound like more of a studio shill than you already are.

  • April 8, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Harry for the love of god stop name dropping

    by Kief_Ledger

    it makes you sound so pretentious. That's cool that you've "had drinks with Shatner" and "Hung out with JJ in the editing bay" but there really isn't a place for it in a review. It makes you sound like more of a studio shill than you already are.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry

    by Tremane

    We've been waiting like forever for this movie to come out, and this is exactly the review that I hoped you would write, Harry. Keep it up.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Yeah, but was it KotCS good?

    by JohnRyder

  • April 8, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Movie's good

    by bobsjohnson

    Check this out: http://digg.com/d1nrMA

  • April 8, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST

    CullenisPrime

    by D.Vader

    You look like a douche. Criticizing Talkbackers' lack of grammar or spelling mistakes is SO 10 years ago.

  • April 8, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    CullenisPrime

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    I didn't ask for his reviews to be perfect. Like you, I don't come here for perfect reviews but I do expect a little distance between the reviewer and the material: labelling something as a review when it is little of the sort is wrong.<p>And this is a Talkback forum, since when did spelling really matter here? I'm not generating and running this site, making money out of it - I have zero responsibility here but Harry has a certain obligation to provide an objective review, else don't review it at all. At least, don't call it a review.<p>And '...' is simply ellipsis - which CAN be used as a pause in speech...I only ever typed three dots, any example with more than three wasn't written by me so take it with a pinch of 'sic'. Thank you for picking up on on my misspelling of privilege, it's a recurring fault in my lexis.<p>I'm delighted you read the post so closely. The single quotation mark was there to indicate that what followed was a citation, not my own words, so I can't really defend it against your perceived criticisms. Now, subjectively speaking I can't do anything about you not liking my writing style, but you did read it, and quite closely so who's the greater fool?<p>And your amusing finale is perfect irony - "shut the fuck up" on a talkback! Ha! Ha! Ha! That's like asking someone to win a debate using only silence. You're a funny, funny guy. There, I can do irony too.

  • April 8, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    WavingFlagsInSpace

    by CullenisPrime

    I wasnt bashing you, only poking fun, as you seemed to do when pointing out Harry's grammatical errors. Again, I think the word "review" can be subjective in this kind of forum. Harry seemed to be coming down from geek's wet dream and the review was probably last on his mind as he wrote this. However, I do think he pointed out some parts of the film that will be appealing to the us. BTW, when I wrote "shut the fuck up" that was supposed to be taken in jest. I guess it is hard to sound ironic when you are typing.

  • April 8, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Harry - Answer Me This...

    by Outrider304

    The Star Trek movie has looked pretty good so far, at least good enough to go see and judge for ourselves. Certainly the reviews are encouraging, but you didn't answer one of the most important questions I have of anyone that has seen this thing from beginning to end: Does Chris Pine has the stuff to play Hal Jordan in Green Lantern? The trades are suggesting it might be him, so I have to know, does he have the chops to pull off Highball?

  • April 8, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    NEEDS GREEN PUSSY

    by ChaimBenSexyback

  • April 8, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Shatner as an Orion Slave Girl.

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    Does JJ's Star Trek give me THAT?

  • April 8, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Clip of Harry giving JJ a blowjob as a dvd easter egg?

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    Might aswell show the world.

  • April 8, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    KHAN !!!!

    by Faust_8

    I'm Khan mad

  • April 8, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    question for any one who has seen the movie.

    by LeviDTinker

    Exactly how much screen time does Nimoy have as spock, is it basicly a cameo or does he feature in nice portion of the movie.

  • April 8, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Hey, Langhaarige

    by Toby_FN_Wong

    When are the Germans finally gonna make a Captain Future movie? That's the kind of science fiction movie I would like to see. Captain Future > Star Trek

  • April 8, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    HERE'S A PAYOLA FREE REVIEW !!

    by sayer7685

    http://tinyurl.com/d3gbux

  • April 8, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    HARRY-TAKING GIFTS THEN REVIEWING!!!!

    by sayer7685

    NOT COOL!

  • April 8, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    nukethefrige.com saying Arnold in T4!!!!!!!!

    by sayer7685

    Guess it's up to us to update AICN now!

  • April 8, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    Re: LeviDTinker

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    It's somewhere between a cameo and a substantial supporting part. He's not in it long. But he's in it long enough to do his thing, and the film sets up the possibility of future appearances down the road. I tend to agree with those that feel the Nero and Nimoy Spock storyline was a bit undercooked, but it didn't take away from the entertainment value of the film, just the emotional impact.

  • April 8, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    SO Do Tell....Does THE SHAT give the ending monologue?

    by conspiracy

  • April 8, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    star trek is some nerdy ass shit

    by Ebolarama

    but this movie actually looks ok. i just wish they had called it "space navy" instead

  • April 8, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Non-Fans fuck off!

    by ZodNotGod

  • April 8, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Also

    by ZodNotGod

    Trek is not anymore nerdy than those Jock-sniffin assholes that paint their bodies up with their favorite teams colors or the sheep mentality when it comes to Superbowl Sunday. It's only deemed nerdy by the emotional and intellectually stunted folk.

  • April 8, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Well most people on the web think it going to be good!

    by sayer7685

  • April 8, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    by ZodNotGod

    Seriously, what must Rick Berman think of all of this? Asshole.

  • April 8, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Sorry, for the 2 posts

    by sayer7685

  • April 8, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    And...

    by ZodNotGod

    And since Harry liked Episode 1, that's a good thing- I loved it- still do. This flick will kick ass! IMAX will be a blast!

  • April 8, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    by ZodNotGod

    And God Bless the dude that said Chud sucks! Those cunts wouldn't know a good movie if they were in it.

  • April 8, 2009, 9:45 p.m. CST

    I've got a bad feeling people will be using TWITTER

    by kabong

    while watching JarJar's Star Trek. <P> Blow by blow without having to go to the show. <P> Oh, oh, oh.

  • April 9, 2009, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Were there any Klingons in the new movie?

    by mrfan

    Just curious. If so, then are they old school or new?

  • April 9, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Chaplinatemyshoe

    by LeviDTinker

    thanks alot for the answer, much appreciated

  • April 9, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Harry's Big Dick theory

    by Mr Gorilla

    Is true, unless you are the guys who marketed SERENITY. They held loads of screenings, all of which went down great. So many, in fact, that by the time the film actually came out, everyone who wanted to see it had already done so.

  • April 9, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Mankind's Best Hope

    by Roboteer

    Yes, it's all make believe. But Harry's hoping it happens someday requires a reality check. Unfortunately borders and internecine violence don't disappear with good intentions. The way that comes about is for an all powerful country or group with high ideals enforcing unity and cooperation. Humans cannot overcome their flaws on their own, or they wouldn't be human. The best way to peace is total victory. Unfortunately political corruption and greed have/are squandering our future, so the chief proponent for a 'new world order' (so to speak), the US, is leaving what was the American Century behind. The likely outcome is more chaos and depravity amongst humanity. If you think about it, a Star Trek universe could only have resulted from one group or country winning and benevolently subjugating the rest. Humans have not changed much in 4000 years, they aren't likely to grow altruistic on their own in 200. It's just not our nature. So there's a lot more work to creating utopia than ignoring our borders and singing kum bay yah.

  • April 9, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Donkey balls...

    by Hasselhoffflying

    thats right this movie blows donkey balls....and another thing...that guy looks too much like the old spock but the other dudes don't look like the old ones....damm thats confusing...:P

  • April 9, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I forgot to mention...

    by Hasselhoffflying

    my bumm is scratchy

  • April 9, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    never mind...

    by Hasselhoffflying

    is just klingons around my anus...carry on...

  • April 9, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Our future

    by Hasselhoffflying

    LOL unless the planet gets an enema(spelling?) of the parasites killing it real soon we can all expect that around 2030 canabalism will be all the rage ....I'm sure Harry can't wait!!!!

  • April 9, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Harry, you liked Indy 4

    by vaderdad

  • April 9, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Harry still in a wheelchair ?

    by Ryan3

    I don't mean to be rude or a smartass as many readers are, but I noticed while seeing video of Harry speaking at the Austin cinema that screened Star Trek, that he was sitting in a wheelchair. I was under the impression he was having surgery and/or was going to the gym to lose weight. Anyway I hope Harry your health gets much better, so you can walk.

  • April 10, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST

    I remain skeptical.

    by smokedogbaby

    I don't like the look. I despise this hand held thing. It distracts me because it's a silly conceit. What's it's supposed to do make me feel like I right there in the action? It doesn't. It makes me feel like I'm at someone's house watching their vacation movies. The lens flares are just lame. The dialogue does not sound "futuristic." The review points out one of the main themes of Trek is we've evolved. So what? We've evolved into better barroom brawls? More sophisticated rudeness? And for those wondering about angry Spock, Orci or someone said he's really proto-Spock; he has not been purged of all emotion. The idea of just making a new universe after 50 or 40 or so odd years doesn't sit well with me. And using time travel, well, that just seems a little too convenient which leads many times in Star Trek to the entire thing seeming contrived. (See e.g. the Voyager finale) This is not scifi. It's action adventure using an outline created 50 years ago because no one in Hollywood these days seems to be able to do anything other than recycle. And of course there are obviously Star Wars influences, admitted to by the makers of this film. Did you guys know this is going to be the most "merchandised" film of all time? Remember when Lucas admitted he made Star Wars to sell toys? Well I guess it really is the 1970's again. I think this production was made to sell toys which means, in essence, it's a movie for kids, just like Star Wars was. The fact that there is product placement simply makes me cringe. I may see this at some point but I'm not rushing out on the first weekend. I wish they had made it 80 years into the future of TNG. They could have done anything they wanted without messing up 40 some odd years of "history." They could even do time travel.

  • April 10, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    And then Harry woke up

    by Vision

    And was disappointed by the movie ? Place your bets ladies and boys.

  • April 10, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Does Shatner at least do the "These are the voyages"...?

    by symphy

    Just curious!

  • April 10, 2009, 10:41 p.m. CST

    so who plays the early 30something Khan in the sequel?

    by hateuall

    who fucking cares. this thing wipes.

  • April 11, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Re : Crooooooow

    by Real Deal

    Make a note. In this case it's not just Harry! As a matter of fact it's been a long time since I've read such a strong, consistant, response to Star Trek! I'm looking forward to it.

  • April 11, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Re : smokedogbaby

    by Real Deal

    So just to be clear for everyone you haven't seen it. And there are all these preople out there who have that have been using in their reviews " I had my doubts but they really pulled this off! " or " No doubts anymore ". That's the kind of take I've been reading from people who've seen the film.

  • April 11, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    I would love it if Star Trek was our future...

    by Yamato

    but it won't be. I wish things would turn out that good but it won't. Worst case scenario for 300 years or so from now I think is Starship Troopers. I personally think the most likely future (asside from the telepaths) is Babylon 5. Which is no where near as good a future for humanity as Trek.

  • April 11, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry-

    by Weapon M

    Of all the analogies it had to be about dick size?? lol I guess you couldn't think of anything else? lol Anyways... You liking this movie doesn't convince me it would be a good movie, since you tend to like many films. But same time though-- I think a lot of people get on you case for that. Like it discredits you. I tend to like many different kinds of films. And I might not like a film but I could see where it works or if it does what the writers intended it to do. So, having a wide range of tastes in different kind of movies explains why you set off to become a film critic in the first place. So, what the hey! Damned if you do damned if your dont.

  • April 11, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    spock showed emotions in "the cage"

    by darthwaz1

    I guess the continuity reason would be that he was younger and not as disciplined. I do wish they had gone with the grey jacket look of "the cage" for this movie though. those were cool uniforms.

  • April 11, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    "God Bless JJ Abrams"

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer

    ..For he giveth I Harry Knowles tablescraps & set visits to ensure I will never have a bad word to ever say about any of his shitty films...amen

  • April 13, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Trek Future is Post Apocalyptic

    by jazzdownunder

    "It’s the world where we didn’t blow ourselves up" I can't express how HUGELY embarrased I am for Harry when he said this. Here is a guy trying to get across how much he loves this thing called Star Trek and in doing so reveals how little he actually knows about it or perhaps just how thick and heavily tinted his rose spectacles are. Because even I know, and I am by no means a huge Trek fan, that we DID blow ourselves up in the Trek future. It's just that Trek for the most part completely ignores that part of history (except as back story - e.g. Encounter at Far Point, First Contact) with stories instead focussing on what came after.

  • April 13, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    I met Nimoy once

    by Nizzuts

    in an elevator at a convention in St. Louis in the early 1990's. It was a total accident and I never spoke a word to him. My girlfriend talked to him plenty, but I was so shocked that I stood there. I'm not much of a geek but I'm pretty excited about this movie. I hope I'm not too disappointed.

  • April 14, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    So... uh... did you get to watch Kahn?

    by MurderMostFowl

    I think you should have at least let everyone watch Kahn too. Kind of a bummer not to. <BR><BR> Oh and Jazzdownunder... World War 3 was not complete destruction of the human race in the Trek Universe,though as you say in First contact they say something like 500 million people were killed. ( which aint too shabby I concede ) However, ( put on ST geek hat) the end of the Eugenics war was almost exactly 200 years prior to this film. Can a 200 year old war have any relevance other than the occasional reference as a life lesson? ( unless you're a suspended animation super genius )

  • April 15, 2009, 5:35 a.m. CST

    JJ Abrams is a Third-Rate TV Writer-of-sorts

    by SPGoodman

    ...and I can only wonder how he was allowed to get near the Star Trek franchise, except for the morons who think "Lost" is "great television". This guy's "talented" like Jon Peters, and it's more than telling that Harry's monologue about attending a preview doesn't really say anything about what he thought about the film itself - just a bunch of tattle about celebrities and wannabes like Abrams. Smells like entrenched fanboi stuff and below what I'd come to expect of Harry and his crew over the years. So let's have a review of the FILM, and not just an opening scene with gushing praise for people who should stick to bad television like "Fridge", mkay?

  • April 15, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    FRINGE. but i know what you mean SP...

    by rben

    that said, i plan on taking off work that friday and seeing it without being crushed to death in the theater. I enjoy Abrams stuff, but even i think the dude is overated. I would have given the franchise reboot to Ron Moore actually.

  • April 16, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    couldn't let the australians see it first?

    by punto

    wtf? after 5 paragraphs ranting about how awesome the future is where we all set apart our differences, the australians have to suck it up and wait for the americans to watch it first? <p> I like Abrams, but I got kinda burned after watching like 5 seasons of Alias. Mission Impossible 3 played like a glorified episode from the last 2 seasons, which were crap. Hopefully this won't be the case. Oh, and star trek is also a "3rd rate" tv franchise, so he should feel right at home.

  • April 16, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    what about Trek 5 ?

    by darthwaz1

    Shatner has stated that he's sitting on a vastly superior director's cut of that film and Paramount won't let him release it. WTF? he created an iconic character for Paramount that has last them decades, he's made them lots of money...and they won't let him re-release that film, but they'll pour untold millions into a remake?

  • April 20, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    May is going to be a sci-fi wet-dream!

    by HB_Dad

    Between this and the Terminator Salvation, this might go down as one of the best sci-fi months in a long time (if not of all time).

  • April 21, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Star Trek better be good

    by marineboybd7

    I went and saw INDY 4 getting ready for something awesome and got shit on by a film with no intelligence whatsoever, im just as big a trek fan as an indy fan so someone please tell me that this film will dazzle me with intelliegence. I dont want to walk out of the movie theatre pissed and confused like that again.

  • April 29, 2009, 1:23 a.m. CST

    STAR TREK = Just Saw It (SPOILER ALERT!)

    by FilmFan311

    Just came from an April 28th Early Screening in Downtown Denver. I have to say: I fucking loved it! I'm NOT a TREKKIE, nor do I know much about the Star Trek Universe as a whole. That having been said, STAR TREK is a Truly Entertaining and Kick Ass Summer Ride! SPOILERS BEGIN: The opening battle sequence that shows the death of Kirk's Dad was extremely solid and well shot. It's intense from the opening sequence and keeps the pace fast and involving throughout the entire 2 hours and 6 minutes. The film has a great spirit to it the entire time. After seeing THE STAR TREK logo, you see Jim driving fast (as was shown in the trailers). SABOTAGE by The Beastie Boys kicks in full throttle and the ride continues. The flying "pig" chasing Kirk was pretty amusing too. MORE SPOILERS: LOOK AWAY IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW MORE: Eric Bana was fine (but not overly memorable) in the "bad guy" role. SOUND (or the absence of it) in the battle sequences was pretty incredible. The sound effects for WARP SPEED were cool as well. This STAR TREK never lets up. You are immersed into this fun world and are instantly ready for a sequel (at least I was). The use of PRIME Spock was very well done. Knowing STAR TREK surrounded me growing up (but never connecting to it), even I, the non-trekkie, felt a little oddly sentimental seeing an Aged Spock. It took me back to the 2-3 decades. Over 800+ people showed up to fill the 328 seat theater. Luckily, I made it in. Fuck Wolverine (which looks like complete shit). STAR TREK is the surprisingly fun way to kick off Summer 2009. At least, it was for me. If you can't have fun at this movie, FUCK OFF. Or, at least take the stick out of your ass.

  • May 3, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    I laughed I cried it was better than "Cats"

    by Redc40

    Saw it yesterday in Silver Spring MD. Yes, Harry pretty much loves everything. But THIS is the Trek movie I've been waiting for since TWOK. As much as I cringed as I saw who was being cast and worried that we were gonna be subjected to ST 90210, all I can say is I had no reason to be worried at all. Harry pretty much nailed it in his review so I won't rehash what he said. But I will add that I absolutely loved Karl Urban's McCoy - I believe he may have captured the essence of the icon he replaced better than anyone else in the cast. Simon Pegg displayed just the right amount of Simon Peggish humor - well done. The nods to classic lines - and one really surprising relationship in this alternate timeline - provide a comforting link to TOS while charting a new course that I totally embraced. Oh, and nice to see that that fucking annoying Nokia ringtone, catpiss tasting Budweiser, and the Beastie Boys abide in the 23rd century. Ah well.

  • May 6, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I saw the movie last night in IMAX.....

    by Posthumos1

    It rocked. I was a fan of the original series and TNG. I have seen every episode of both of those series and watched the previous Trek Movies up until Generations. I pretty much lost interest in the films after Generations. I was actually looking forward to this movie after seeing an early interview on the subject when the creators basically said they were not overly familiar with canon and liked Star Wars better. I thought, JJ Abrams is talente, and maybe there needs to be a new perspective on Trek. As the release approached and more details came out on the casting I started to get really into it. The four poster set that came out with the characters in Black and White sealed the deal for me and I was truly excited for Star Trek. What I saw last night blew me away. It was an EPIC film. The pacing was great and the characters were absolutely spot on. Those haters worried about the time travel aspect are hating because they don't really know how the device is used. I thought it was the least pretentious use of time travel I have seen and it actually steers the film into this era of Trek perfectly. I really hope that this movie does VERY WELL so that we can come back to this place again. Having been a Sci-Fi fan for my whole life basically, I can honestly say that this movie is what I wish most Sci-Fi movies would be. AMAZING.

  • May 8, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST

    The Apple!

    by HyphenatedWords

    Great review, Harry. I waited until after I saw the film last night to read any more of this than the event setup. I wrote a very similar review upon coming home late, and then promptly crashed. :)<br><br> Your spot on with the analysis of the new versions of these characters. In my review, I compared the arrival of the Romulan drilling rig at the beginning and the destruction of the U.S.S. KELVIN with the crash of Oceanic flight 815, effectively making our familiar cast of characters "lost." Jim Kirk is orphaned from Starfleet in this movie, and the rest of the story is about his journey back to his destiny, and indeed, the eerie sense of destiny for his crew. "They were meant to serve together," you said perfectly.<br><br> I just wanted to point out that you missed mentioning one killer, subtle element of the Kobayashi Maru sequence: The Apple! I felt the same way you did... this IS the Jim Kirk we know from one of Shatner's best moments with the character. Both times he casually munched on an apple, a very visual defiance to the situation at hand, and I applauded that simple touch. "First order of business... survival." I say than line about once a week when I need to get something to eat.<br> <br> I ended my review with this:<br> "The ending reminded me of most superhero origin movies (especially Iron Man). This was a fun adventure, but it was mostly foreplay, the set up, to what could come next. It begs to be continued, and I was left thinking, "Okay, cool. Now where shall we go?" <br><br> "As all good Trek movies ended."

  • May 8, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Two Articles

    by unclebusu

    This should be two articles. I think AICN spends too much reviewing time talking up their connections and how awesome they are. http://drivein77.typepad.com/drivein77/

  • May 8, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    The Search for Spock

    by SupermanEmpire

    Harry, regret is a rust spot on the Hemi charged muscle car known as life...once that fucker starts eroding...it will eat away until the car looks like shit. Unlike the actual car, you can't get the fucking hood replaced dude. You should call Nimoy's people and offer the guy lunch and a Q&A or something...Yes he's Spock, but hes also just a guy that plays a character...and from what I hear he's a pretty nice and interesting guy. Go for it Harry.

  • May 8, 2009, 7:05 p.m. CST

    ...we could be those people

    by RocketScientist

    Except we won't. Without a real vision, without something that leads us ever to improve and never to be able to sit down and say "mission accomplished", we will do just that. We will become complacent and decide that since our heroes failed every once in a while, we should just accept third best as good enough. There's a reason legends of old use archetypes: They want to present us with an easy-to-grasp ideal to work towards. One ideal for each archetype. It's all good and fine to have complex, angst-ridden characters - in an entirely different type of story. ST has never been that type. It's been the type of story illuminating the human condition by having iconic characters act in iconic situations, thus at the same time (sometimes) answering the question what ideally could be done and denying us that choice for ourselves - we don't live in an ideal world. We have to THINK what we would do, if faced with a similar situation. Of course, if we're occupied to follow the fast-paced action through the dazzle of FX, don't bother. Check your brain at the popcorn counter in return for a bucket of buttered popcorn and enjoy the show. When people are more concerned thinking about "that other person" and its "life" than their own real life and what to do with it, how the heck are we supposed to get there? Those who enjoy the dazzle are already there in their minds. So why bother trying to get there?

  • May 10, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by richievanderlow

    I'm old school, TOS era kind of Trekkie... this was spectacular. There are some things I really could nitpick, but I'm not upset about canon so much, as long as you're not talking about character issues. As someone who loved the dynamics of TOS, there are some things in this movie that really irked me, but they served the story, and since this version of Trek is a reset, I don't have too big a problem with any of it. The characters, with the exception of Chekov, are perfectly cast, because of the essence of those original characters that they capture.. not emulate. Trek needed this kind of treatment. I'm so very happy.

  • May 10, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    This movie sucked ass!

    by Forget_Byron

    [quote]The film works on emotional levels, time-travel logic levels, hard science levels, action levels and at tackling the very goddamn tricky notion of recasting icons of a beloved series![/quote] I'm with this except for the time-travel. Time travel stories have always been fucking stupid and this is no exception. I saw the movie one time (the only time, mind you) and I counted about 15 mistakes with the time travel, not the least of which was the major reboot. In a single plot-device tactic, they invalidated a majority of the franchise's rich 40+ year history. WAY TO GO YOU STUPID FUCKS!!!! I was so pissed about this movie and what happened that I almost demanded my money back. I have never felt that way about a theater flick before, ever. I'm sure there are some here who think it's a good thing that the movies pisses off fans who grew up on this shit, but that's just fanatic fanboyism talking. It's never a good thing when you piss off your fans to the point they swear off ever seeing another ST movie, and with a cheap plot tactic at that. Also, there's nothing to suggest that the use of time-travel won't just put everything back the way it was, which is even worse than if they leave the ending as is. THIS is why Star Trek died, because they can't get their heads out of their collective asses with all the silly plot tactics.

  • May 10, 2009, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Well . . .

    by smokedogbaby

    With that much money and resources and all that time to put it together I am going to say it sucked. Forget the plot-holes, the camera never stopped moving. I effin hate that.

  • May 11, 2009, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Harry, this movie was perfect except for 1 thing...

    by The Dubliner

    ...and I'm hoping you can shed some light on it for me, if there is any to be shed. The 1 things is the major plot contrivance of Kirk being jettisoned to no just land on the same world as older Spock, but landing within walking distance of his cave, and just happening upon two predators, that have Kirk run in the exact direction of the cave...that's just too ridiculous to put down to even some kind of destiny at work. Is there any kind of explanation for that? It really smacks of weak, forced writing in an otherwise excellent movie!

  • May 11, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Harry you're right about the details

    by zapano

    Although the film is successful on so many accounts, what was particularly gratifying (and one which the star wars prequels failed dismally) was the way it approached its effects work. it was full of details that gave objects, characters and envirornments extra weight and reality. however it never compromised the story, characters, drama and action. the effects were never distrating and they always took a back seat to the story and the characters. the effects were superbly used to create believable fantastical environments, while at the same time it knew when to stand back and let the audience gaze in awe at wonderful images (particulaly long shots of spacecrafts and cityscapes). the standout moment was the enterprise at saturn, absolutely iconic moment in star trek, and possibly in cinemtic history. although dubliner you're right, the one false note in the entire movies was kirk landing right near spock. but its forgiveable, given that the rest of the film is wonderful.

  • May 11, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    What a movie

    by thatsabigtwinky

    This was easily the best thing i have seen in a long time. Bring on the sequel.

  • May 14, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Dear God... 5 out of 10

    by pax256

    Could drive a bus through the plot storyline. Non stop action its barely more than a popcorn flick. And I think the reboot of a tv series is now *less* likely. Sure its a blockbuster but what a disaster of a film. Great cast great jokes great effects. Stupid story. I wanna see 12 year old cadets replace the other half of Starfleet that gets blown up in the next chapter. That would be good for a hoot.

  • May 14, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    It sucked

    by smokedogbaby

    I can't stop thinking about how stupid this movie was. As a life long fan I guess you might say I'm pist. Uhura and Spock making out on the transporter pad. WTF?!? I hate these people for what they've done.

  • May 15, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Oh GOD that was TERRIBLE!

    by Simmons001

    I honestly don't know where to start, it's that bad. Bad story, bad effects, badly made, the ol "wobbly hand held" camera all the way through so you can't actually SEE anything and what you CAN see is grey on grey with grey bits. It's a long, boring film with Trek references not a Trek film, A triumph of mediocrity. Abandon all hope, ye who enter there! 2/10

  • May 16, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Popcorn Fare, DUM DUM DUM DUMB DUMB

    by SupermanEmpire

    Saw the film, good special effects...yes the silent space moments were cool. Acting...Bad, Story...Worse, Stupid plot devices...a plenty. It did have some elements of the tweeney 90210 bullshit...last but not least,WTF was the deal with midget eyeball shit skin guy? Was this sopposed to be funny, cool, part of the re-boot? Silly film, Bana didn't get enough story or screen time...his was the most interesting aspect of the film....I can see why nerdy bitches would like this film...with all the grand standing missleading horseshit provided in the trailers making us believe Kirk fucks Uhura...then to the delight of every brainy fucking nerd boy...shes spock's bitch LOL, yeah that would happen in a realistic setting...this is a jerk off dream for every little geek out there...God bless the king of the fucking nerds...JJ Abrams

  • May 17, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    yes lots of plot holes but it works overall

    by Rupee88

    plot holes usually make me nuts but only a couple jumped out at me while watching the film at the theater...three or four more the next day...yes lazy, lame writing but the movie still works at least the first time you se it. Just fun fucking fun...a guilty pleasure perhaps but very pleasurable nonetheless.

  • May 17, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Five random thoughts on this movie ...

    by unfaithfullyyours

    One: I liked it. I think. Then again, for $ 160 million, I better, right? Two: Should have been called: "Star Trek: Plot Holes." Three: This film sets up the putt, and I am very much looking forward to a do-whatever-they-want A-B-C adventure next time. Four: More McCoy!!! More Scotty!! (With props to the entire cast.) Five: The silence of space was a great idea.

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