Last night, some very lucky Star Trek fans who believed they were walking into a screening of 1982's Wrath of Khan instead got a surprise sneak peek at J.J. Abrams' new enterprise. While Abrams' reboot/prequel, Star Trek, isn't scheduled to officially hit theaters until May 8, those fortunate enough to be on hand at the Alamo Draft House in Austin, Tex., were the giddy victims of a blockbuster bait and switch. And nudging the event into total nerdvana territory, the hotly anticipated summer tentpole was reportedly introduced by the film's writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, its producer Damon Lindelhof (Lost), and (get this) Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy.
Needless to say, those in attendance -- no doubt very familiar with making their sci-fi opinions known in cyberspace -- immediately posted early reviews of the film on the Internet. And so far, the reactions range from wildly ecstatic to only barely less ecstatic. On his AICN site, Austin's blogging poobah Harry Knowles dedicated about 40,000 words to the screening, reporting that it concluded with a standing ovation that lasted five to six minutes. "After the film, the audience was a collective smile, some crying they were so happy," Knowles wrote.
Meanwhile, in another huge, scrawling review, a writer at filmschoolrejects.com summed up the pic by saying, "This version is new and fresh, but it doesn't forget its roots -- and I think fans will appreciate that." Cinema Blend was similarly positive: "The new Star Trek movie is amazing -- easily the best Trek movie since The Wrath of Khan, and a veritable feast of sight and sound."
Elsewhere online, OMG twitter posts were blasted from inside the darkened theater before the end credits even rolled. Here' a sampling from slashfilm.com:
-"I just got back from Star Trek and it was AMAZING. The best Star Trek movie ever. Yes, it even best Wrath of Khan. Believe me."
-"ZOMG!! Just saw the new Star Trek movie and it melted my pants!!!!!"
-"My mind = blown Star Trek was AWESOME!"
-"Yes, I'm the guy who's never seen an episode of ST and got to see Star Trek tonight. As a total ST virgin, the movie is incredible."
One blogger on Knowles' site who was at the Alamo added: "You don't replace Wrath of Khan. You just don't. Not unless the movie you're replacing it with is pretty godd---- strong. And guess what? It is. Holy Christ Crispies in a bucket of milk, was this movie f---ing awesome."
If you were lucky enough to be at the Alamo last night, let us know what you thought.