Right from the start when Toxie's kickin' bad guys asses at his bimbo girlfriend's school for the blind, I was laughing my fucking ass off!
Who cares if the special effects suck, or the acting's lame, it's a funny-ass movie and a cult classic!
I can just see the brainstorming session for this film:
"Hmmmmm.... what's the dumbest plot of a Baywatch episode?"
"Oh yeah- that one where Mitch defuses a bomb, performs open-heart-surgery with popsicle sticks, and rescues Hobie from Guatemalan-Terrorists!"
"Now how can we make it worse?"
That is Hard Cash in a short summary. You would THINK this was meant to be a cheesy movie along the lines of the Toxic Avenger, or some other movie where the audience knows the filmmakers aren't taking themselves seriously, but no....they actually ARE taking themselves seriously! And it's goddamn pathetic.
Satisfying both new fans AND trekkies, JJ Abrams blew audiences away with this incredible film. I'm kinda broke, so I didn't get to see it on the big screen, but even on DVD it's great. I couldn't believe he could breath new life into the star trek franchise's lifeless corpse, after flops like Insurrection, Nemesis, and the series Enterprise, but I loved just about everything in this movie.
The casting was incredibly important to doing this project, and JJ hit home runs on just about every actor cast. Zachary Quinto was great-he even looks like a young Leonard Nimoy. And Chris Pine who was basically an unknown, makes you believe he is a young William Shatner, with all his cockiness and subtle inflections. (just watch that bar-fight scene again, and you'll know what I mean.)
When I heard Leonard Nimoy was gonna be in this I thought: "oh big deal, it's gonna be old-Spock reminiscing about the good ol' days"...NO! And me being a trekkie, I love that time travel was used- and not in a stupid way like a standard star trek 'time travel' tv episode, where everything that happens, and goes wrong, eventually gets put back in place, with no consiquences at all.
Nope, Capt. Pike is in a wheelchair, but not brain-dead; Kirk's dad wasn't there to raise him because he was killed; billions of Vulcans are annihilated, and their home planet destroyed. And Spock is now left to contemplate being the member of an endangered species. Which leads to Uhura comforting him, and now there's this potential romance that wouldn't have happened otherwise.
And because there is now this alternate timeline, there can be new stories and JJ Abrams doesn't have to be saddled with sticking to the standard one to please the nerds like me out there- he can be free to do anything he wants now.