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DVD Review: Star Trek

November 21, 2009

From director J. J. Abrams, STAR TREK reinvents the origins of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew. Chris Pine is delightfully realistic as young cadet Kirk embarking on his first Star Fleet mission. Zachary Quinto is perfectly cast as young Commander Spock. Stealing every scene he’s in, Karl Urban is outstanding as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. Rounding out the crew are Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, and John Cho as Sulu. The elements of history are exciting – learning the origins of Kirk’s birth, seeing Spock battle his human versus Vulcan genetics, why a space-fearing McCoy is in Star Fleet to begin with (he lost everything to his ex-wife in their divorce and had no other options but Star Fleet), and how Kirk comes to be in command of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The story gets a bit muddy in places but the overall story is solid and it makes for an enjoyable escape. Eric Bana co-stars as the villain and Leonard Nimoy (who played Spock in the original series and subsequent films) appears as an older, time-traveling version of Spock. 4 Stars.

DVD REVIEW: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

November 19, 2009

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE is a high-octane action film that doesn’t disappoint in crafting the back-story behind the popular Wolverine character (Hugh Jackman) of the X-MEN film trilogy. Jackman is back in his career defining role (a role originally cast with Dougray Scott who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict with his role in Mission Impossible II). Jackman is up to the task both physically and in emotional interpretation of the brooding anti-hero. Along side Jackman, Liev Schreiber is adequately buffed up to play Wolverine’s half-brother Sabretooth (played in the original X-MEN film by Tyler Mane). The plot traces Wolverine’s evolution from childhood – allowing the audience to experience the birth of the character’s superhuman powers and the psychological affects having those powers has on him. Ryan Reynolds is a scene stealer as lethal swordsman Wade Wilson. Lots of action with occasionally muddy writing and stellar acting earns X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE three stars.