Smith Reviews 'Star Trek XI'

By T'Bonz
September 10, 2008 - 8:13 PM

Writer/Director Kevin Smith has seen Star Trek XI and gives it the "thumbs up."

As reported by MTV, Smith (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) recently got a sneak preview of Star Trek XI and gave his opinion on the latest Star Trek film. "It's really strong," said Smith. "[J.J. Abrams] was rejiggering the opening few scenes."

Initially, Smith had reservations regarding the attempt to restart the Star Trek franchise. "It's one of those things where you first heard about it and were like 'no they're not going to redo 'Star Trek'," said Smith. "And then you see the movie and you think, 'Wow he did pull it off! He turned it into a viable renewed franchise."

Smith has special praise for the performance of Chris Pine. "Chris Pine is fantastic," said Smith. "It is a star-making performance. From his first scene forward, this dude is not doing an impression of Shatner. He is doing young Kirk. He doesn't have the slow delivery mannerisms of Shatner but itís totally James T. Kirk, the bravado, the self-assuredness. It's such a great performance. You can't take your eyes off the guy. Anytime he's not on the screen youíre waiting for him to get back."

Zoe Saldana's performance also caught Smith's attention. "And the chick [Zoe Saldana] who plays Uhura is really great. They made Uhura really interesting."

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