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Films: Paul (2011), And Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Anthony G Williams, May 4, 2014.

  1. Anthony G Williams

    Anthony G Williams Greybeard Writer

    Jul 14, 2007
    Films: Paul (2011), and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

    I started to watch Paulnot really expecting to finish it, due to my previous very mixed views of the characteristic humour of Simon Pegg, who wrote the script and starred in the film. While I enjoyed his surreal police story Hot Fuzz, I didn't stick with Shaun of the Dead for very long. Paulturned out to be a pleasant surprise, though.

    Two British SF fans (played by Pegg and Nick Frost) are on their first visit to the USA to attend an SF convention. They hire an RV to tour the legendary sights, including of course Roswell and Area 51. Their holiday is interrupted when they become accidentally involved with a real alien – small, grey and with large eyes – who is being hunted by the Secret Service from whom he is escaping. What follows is a riotous chase, much enlivened by the sardonic, wise-cracking personality of the alien (voiced by Seth Rogen). On the way they pick up another passenger, a young woman from a fundamentalist Christian family (Kristen Wiig), whose attitudes are the butt of more humour (warning: fundamentalist Christians are unlikely to enjoy this film). The rousing conclusion is all that you would expect, with the bonus of an unexpected twist. Don't stop watching until the credits stop rolling, as there's PS scene at the end.

    The entire plot is a tribute to classic SF themes, packing in many references to other films (especially ET) and SF tropes. Great entertainment for all SF fans.


    I think I saw just about all of the Star Trek: The New Generation TV shows when they first came out (I've not seen them since then) and thought that I had seen the associated films as well. So when I saw Star Trek: Insurrection was showing on TV I watched it expecting a bit of nostalgic viewing. I was therefore surprised to realise that I hadn't seen it before.

    Having said that, I still had my dose of nostalgia; the same old cast, all doing exactly what you expect them to. The plot is not only typical of the TV shows, it could actually have been lifted from the original Star Trek series. It lacks the darkness of First Contact, the previous film in the franchise, and there is a lack of tension throughout. It's undemanding OK viewing, but don't expect your adrenaline levels to rise.

    On looking at Wiki's notes on the films I realised that I seem to have missed Nemesis as well – I'll have to watch out for that one being shown.

    (This entry is cross-posted from my science-fiction & fantasy blog.)
  2. Acclamator

    Acclamator Ensign

    Jan 29, 2013
    Paul is pretty nice commedy, for those, who are older than 16, I would say so. I remember, been laughing hard, watching it, at first time. Few episodes were great, like when Simon Pegg removing decal, "Alien inside." or "Alien on board.", after they decided to help Paul. (Spoilers:facepalm:)

    I recomde to watch this movie at least once, just to have some laugh at least.

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