Star Trek Review

May 10, 2009

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The general consensus on JJ Abram’s Star Trek reboot is that this film will appeal to both new fans as well as die hard trekkies, while at the same time staying close to the source material. With rave reviews and comparison’s to last year’s powerhouses Iron Man and The Dark Knight, Star Trek has a lot of hype and goodwill going in its favor. Fortunately, it does not disappoint, the hype is certainly real with this one and Star Trek may very well be the film to beat for the summer blockbuster crown.

The film opens with some backstory on James T. Kirk’s (Chris Pine) father who is under attack from the Romulan’s and Commander Nero (Eric Bana). The film opens with a large battle scene and never loses steam throughout its running time. We see Kirk being born and escaping to safety while his father does not have the same outcome. There is also some backstory on Spock (Zachary Quinto) and his constant struggle of self identity. Being half Vulcan and half human, he never quite fits in with the others and doesn’t know which path to choose for his life. This is obviously a tried and true storytelling technique, but its something that is relatable and Zachary Quinto dominates the screen in every scene that he appears. Quinto is known mostly for his work on Heroes as bad guy Sylar, but he was almost born to play Spock.

Pine holds his own as Kirk, although there are times early in the film where you would think you are watching deleted scenes from a Fast and the Furious movie. Kirk is very much the prototypical alpha male, fast cars, breaking the law, bar fights, and women are all status quo. He of course rejects the initial offer of being invited to join the Starfleet Academy, but then immediately has a change of heart and grows to be a very successful protege in a short period of time. At Starfleet we are introduced to many of the beloved characters in the Star Trek universe. Uhura (played by the smoking hot Zoe Seldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg), McCoy (Karl Urban), Chekov, and Sulu (John Cho) are all part of the crew on the U.S.S. Enterprise.

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