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Old June 20 2013, 06:14 PM   #4297
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Re: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS - Grading & Discussion [SPOILERS]

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Of course Spock runs like a dork.

Because he is a dork.

It's just that in Star Trek being a dork is AWESOME.
Spock running like a dork is fine in principle, since Spock IS a dork, despite his super-human strength. Spock running like a dork when the film is trying to portray him as Dirty Harry in Spock drag isn't very effective filmmaking.
Have you ever run track? A sprinter during the middle of his or her run is supposed to keep their torso as vertical as possible and let the arms and legs do all the work. It's about economy of movement.

Zachary Quinto actually underwent sprint training for the movie in anticipation of the running scenes. What you describe as "dorky" is actually the efficient style most real sprinters adopt. And who would be more efficient than Spock?
On the matter of Vulcan efficiency, I'd guess he'd be hard pressed, given that he looks a little bit thick around the middle, which doesn't seem logical.

But in terms of effect, I'd characterize the dif of opinion on this topic is a matter of what looks good on film rather than what is real. Mario Von Peebles runs like he was brought up on a higher grav planet, powerful and effortless; Christian Bale going up some stairs in EQUILIBRIUM looks absolutely amazing running as well. But then you've got guys like Daniel Craig who presumably actually run very fast, but really just register as little guys pumping legs & arms, which isn't as compelling an image. Quinto isn't evincing power with his movements, just that he is going full-out.
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