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Beyond its brilliant visuals, the new Star Trek is a blockbuster with a brain—and a progressive political message to boot

By Mark Cousins   June 2009

Kirk and Spock: a bromance made in the heavens

Despite all their star wattage and evident extravagance, some blockbuster films seem teensy on the big screen. A movie like Pearl Harbor was gigantic but so lacking in interest that I recall, at one point, staring at the cinema’s exit sign because there was more going on over there. This is certainly not the case with the new Star Trek film (US opening weekend gross $79m). About a third of the way through, beyond the shimmer of special effects, you start to glimpse other things happening—themes, myths and echoes with…

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