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The Human Race (2013)
Your inner 13 year old geek will love this
I'm basically a 42 year old kid, and I liked this movie. It's a premise a daydreaming sci-fi geek in junior high would come up with. That being said, it held my interest. I'm not sure what these negative reviewers were expecting with the "Battle Royale" reference in the promos, I wasn't expecting big budget high-brow film-making myself. The themes are tired, but they're in your face and it does a good job of not being predictable. Sure you mostly see where it's going, but you don't know the details until the end. Even then you don't know, but it's juvenile fantasy, pick up where it left off in your head! I was expecting the same kind of crap you see in 80's straight to video science fiction/horror/fantasy (which I wouldn't have minded, I like that stuff) but what I got was better.
Star Trek (2009)
A treat for the real fans
This movie was non-stop action and you didn't have to be a fan to enjoy it. The most enjoyable parts for me were the nods to the fans. We get an Orion Slave Girl, classic McCoy one-liners, a view at young Spock's travails on Vulcan (the best stuff on that subject since the animated series) and we get Leonard Nimoy. The story wasn't all that impressive and we don't get any in-your-face "Wow man, that concept blows my mind" moments. The mind-blowing part is wondering how this same and yet different crew will handle all that is to come in this new universe.
The best nod to the fans for me, was making this a new universe. It means that everything you saw before isn't getting messed with. All those episodes you enjoyed? They happened, Ambassador Spock is proof. We've seen alternate realities in Star Trek before and we've also seen broken time-lines that needed to be fixed. Why this is an alternate reality rather than a broken time-line isn't clear, Spock could explain it, but it was clearly stated that this was an alternate reality. That means that this Kirk and the Kirk we knew could have separate dealings with the same mirror universe Kirk! Cool huh?