Thankfully, retribution can be found in the form of "Star Trek," the franchise resurrection helmed by JJ Abrams. It wasn't until I saw the third "Star Trek" trailer that I became excited about seeing the film. I was a fan of "The Next Generation" and have seen several of the films, but was ambivalent until I saw the latest trailer. There's a lot of intense action and emotional weight packed into the trailer and, surprisingly, the film is the same way.
With a running time over two hours, "Star Trek" is wall-to-wall excitement from beginning to end. There are allusions to the original series, both subtle and overt. More than just a prequel, the universe that Abrams creates is more of a revisionist beginning for the crew of the USS Enterprise. Initially, I was skeptical of some of the casting choices, but every actor delivers. Most surprisingly, I was actually impressed with the performance of Chris Pine, of "Blind Dating" and "Just My Luck" fame.
I was very tickled with the design of the Star Fleet uniforms. They are reminiscent of the original series, but with a style and design more fitting than the polyester one-tone shirts of the original. Great action, great special effects, good comedy, and a great cast come together well in what's sure to be one of the biggest films of the summer. I think it will come down to "Star Trek" and next Transformers film as the titans of the season, though Star Trek will prove to have more depth and a much more passionate following, perfectly setting up the next phase of the long running franchise. See it, multiple times!