Saturday, May 16, 2009
I saw the new Star Trek movie Thursday night. It was entertaining, and I was surprised by the way it ended. But I kept thinking that I had seen everything before. Some of that was because I have seen all the other Star Trek movies, and this movie made allusions to them. But I was more struck by a sense that every action sequence looked like a dozen or a hundred similar scenes from other movies: fight scenes on platforms so the characters can end up hanging from the edge by their fingers, cars that go off cliffs, sparking control panels. Perhaps this is one of the disadvantages of aging, that I have simply seen more movies than there are new ideas for filming them.