While promoting his forthcoming comedy Zack & Miri Make a Porno, Smith further elaborated to the MTV Movies Blog:
"It's really strong. [J.J. Abrams] was rejiggering the opening few scenes. It's one of those things where you first heard about it and were like no they're not going to redo 'Star Trek'! And then you see the movie and you think, wow he did pull it off! He turned it into a viable renewed franchise."
Smith also continues his praise for Chris Pine's portrayal of the new Captain Kirk:
"Chris Pine is fantastic. It is a star-making performance. From his first scene forward, this dude is not doing an impression of Shatner. He is doing young Kirk. He doesn't have the slow delivery mannerisms of Shatner but it's totally James T. Kirk, the bravado, the self-assuredness. It's such a great performance. You can't take your eyes off the guy. Anytime he's not on the screen you're waiting for him to get back."
And it's not just Pine who caught Smith's attention:
"And the chick [Zoe Saldana] who plays Uhura is really great. They made Uhura really interesting."
Interesting, I'm curious to hear his thoughts on the other cast-members - i.e. Zachary Quinto's Spock, Karl Urban's Bones, Simon Pegg's Scotty and especially Eric Bana as the phantom villain Nero.
One wonders what's the next blockbuster tentpole Smith will see way before everyone else?
Star Trek beams into theatres on May 8, 2009.
Source: MTV Movies Blog