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Sydney Star Trek World Premiere – Part 2

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Well, I’ve landed back home on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland, and it is at this time I can continue my previous writing about the World Premiere at the Sydney Opera House of J.J. Abram’s new film “Star Trek”.  This is Part 2: The Movie.

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Having described the surreal nature of the setting (in Part 1, below), I turn my attention
to the film itself.

The film in many ways matched the venue – unreal.  You have doubtless heard or seen
other reviews (as I have) and they probably say the same thing: this is (in every sense
of the phrase) a second take on the Star Trek universe, from the beginning.

From the opening sequence, JJ Abrams asserts his authority in a plot twist which will
shake the very fabric of the Star Trek universe. In a sudden (plot) twist, the very
nature of the film becomes clear: this is a new Star Trek.

However, the opening sequence delivers more than just this “statement” – it also gives
us a taste of what is to come: action, drama, solid performances and an outstanding introduction to a new era.

Little by little we are introduced to the main characters, starting with Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Uhura as we briefly navigate their early lives including events at Starfleet Academy before hitting a plot crescendo which brings all the cast together – and to the starship Enterprise, NCC 1701!

This is a movie strong on character development, and each of the actors deliver brilliant performances – nothing less would be appropriate given the shoes each has to fill.

IMG_0087  The movie moves along at an agreeable pace, never slow enough to be tedious, nor too 
   frenetic so as to be judged another “run n’ gun” style Sci-Fi action flick.

This is a movie with cutting edge special effects, but they serve more to frame the
   storyline and characters rather than to be the show entirely.

Star Trek has always been tied to models and great visuals, so this is something which
   we’ve come to expect from this groundbreaking franchise.

Since I do not intend to introduce spoilers in this review, I can only really say that the crew
   of the USS Enterprise is brought full circle to face the film’s dark enemy, a Romulan by the
   name of Nero who is portrayed by Australia’s own Eric Bana (who is not given nearly enough screen time in my humble opinion).

By now you’ve probably heard that the movie also features Leonard Nimoy – reprising his role as Mr (please, not Doctor) Spock.  This is indeed true, however you may be surprised to learn that this is no token cameo role.

Leonard Nimoy’s Spock plays a pivotal role in the film, and in a way bridges the franchise from the original series to the new film version.  He also has delivery of my most favourite line in the film.. IMG_0091

Each actor holds their own with the roles we know so well. It would be unfair to single out
any specific actor.. but I have to say that Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto are simply outstanding amongst a group of very talented actors in a movie which is (perhaps a little surprisingly) carried by strong character development.

In summary, this film is likely to appeal to a wide audience including die hard Trekkies
and those new to the Star Trek universe.  This is a must see film, even if you couldn’t
tell the difference between a Tribble and a Tholian!

Plot Keywords (may hint at spoilers)

  • Starfleet Academy
  • Kobayashi Maru
  • Vulcan
  • Sarek/Amanda
  • George Kirk
  • Captain Pike
  • Red Shirt
  • Pointy eared hobgoblin

Photos on this page © 2009 Paul Doessel

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Star Trek World Premiere

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Last night, the 7th of April, 2009, Paramount Pictures screened the world premiere of JJ Abram’s new Star Trek movie at the Sydney Opera House.  As it happened, I was one of the lucky few who were able to purchase a limited release ticket to the red carpet event.

The hotly anticipated film is a “reboot” of the famous Sci-Fi series which originally screened on US television over forty years ago in the mid-1960s.  The main characters are based on the original cast of the Star Trek TV show (and subsequent movies).  In the film we are re-introduced to the familiar and famous Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Chekov and Sulu, but with new actors and a new direction.

Before we get to the film – and we will – let’s talk about the premiere itself.  What a venue!  What an event!  I’ve been witness to a couple of Hollywood premieres (not a red carpet view, mind) and other similar functions and none come close to the atmosphere at the Sydney Opera House last night.  Not withstanding the array of famous people who walked the red carpet, it was the surreal experience of being present to walk the red carpet itself which really captivated me.

We arrived early and acquired our tickets from the box office – we were given special limited edition posters to commemorate the extraordinary event, each numbered out of 300.  This marks (for those keeping score) the 9th official movie poster for this particular film – following from the coloured character posters released last year.

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After obtaining tickets and posters we headed back to Circular Quay for a light meal and beverage and to regroup with our fellow movie goers.  At around 6pm we made our way back to the foot of the Opera House, taking pictures of the red carpet, media and security guards.

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Sylvain (Right) and I with the Red Carpet/Opera House in the background

As the sunlight began to wane, we decided to proceed past the assembled photographers and up into the Opera House itself.  It is hard to describe what this experience felt like, needless to say it was exhilarating and exciting.

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On the Red Carpet & View of Movie Stars Talking to Reporters

Once inside, we spent about an hour milling about with celebrities and other invited guests.  At one point we headed back out to watch the stars arrive and be met by the throng of reporters.  I was able to clearly spot Australian star Eric Bana talking with reporters as well as a number of other local celebrities.

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The view inside the Opera House main foyer

As the time approached 7pm we were brought inside to prepare for the screening of the film.  Once in position, we waited until approximately 7:30pm.  On our way to our seats out phones were relinquished per security requirements.  At around 7:40pm the head of Paramount Pictures Australia/New Zealand greeted the audience and introduced the director, JJ Abrams.

Mr. Abrams had a natural charm and presence, and clearly won over an attentive and appreciative audience.  Giving high praise to Sydney, he introduced the members of the cast who were in attendance for the premiere.  One by one the actors made their way up in front of the huge screen which had been custom erected specifically for the big event.

Once introductions (and applause) had finished it was time for the film itself.  Before I get to the film.. let me also point out that the soundtrack and sound system were specifically engineered for the venue and for the premiere itself.    This was also the first film premiere to ever be held at the Opera House, so we were truly apart of something special – this was not, I believe, lost on the audience.

This entry will continue..

[Continued in Part 2]