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The response was spontaneous, enthusiastic and enduring: 1,600 guests at the world premiere at Sydney Opera House gave their resounding verdict on J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek on Tuesday night, acclaiming not only Abrams, but the entire cast and crew, some of whom, including Abramas, Eric Bana, Karl Urban, Chris Pine, and Zachary Quinto who plays the young Spock, were there to bask in the roar of approval. (Our reviews will be published shortly; the film releases in Australia on May 7.)

"technical achievement"

The first movie world premiere held at the iconic building elicited enthusiastic thanks from the Paramount team, who vowed to have more such premieres there. The technical achievement was extraordinary: the giant screen, specially erected for the event as the Concert Hall became a mega-movie auditorium, delivered fabulous moving pictures, and the sound was at times so grunty as to shake the seats. Indeed, the score and the sound design are as important to the film’s impact as are the images – not to mention the design, the directing and the performances.

"the back story"

The film, written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, tells the back story of the famous TV series and movie franchise. The young crew onboard for the maiden voyage of most advanced starship ever created, the U.S.S. Enterprise, must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind. But the fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals born worlds apart. One, James Tiberius Kirk (Chris Pine), a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy, a natural-born leader in search of a cause. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), grows up on the planet Vulcan, an outcast due to his half-human background, which makes him susceptible to the volatile emotions that Vulcans have long lived without, and yet an ingenious, determined student, who will become the first of his kind accepted into the Starfleet Academy. The crew is led by Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood). Joining him are the ship’s Medical Officer Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban); the man who will become the ship’s Chief Engineer, Montgomery “Scotty” Scott (Simon Pegg); Communications Officer Uhura (Zoë Saldana); experienced Helmsman Sulu (John Cho); and the 17-year-old whiz kid Chekov (Anton Yelchin). All will face a harrowing first test.

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World Premiere
Sydney Opera House:
April 7, 2009

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