Star Trek (2009)
Mission: Impossible III director, Lost and Alias creator J.J. Abrams resurrects the classic science fiction franchise created by Gene Roddenberry in 1964. Not the first Star Trek movie, this one goes back to the original Enterprise created by Roddenberry and brings a new story. We begin with a bang, the destruction of a ship by unknown Romulans and birth of the famous James T. Kirk (Chris Pine). The storyline jumps years as we follow Kirk to his first appearance on the Enterprise, battling the same Romulan ship that killed his father when he was born. This ship is captained by Nero (Eric Bana) who has a grudge with Spock (Zachary Quinto & Leonard Nemoy) and who goal it is to destroy him and his family because supposedly Spock did the same to him at some point in the future. The Entreprise carries all the expected members, Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg), Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Dr. “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban). Also starring Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth, Ben Cross.
Many people were skeptical when J.J. Abrams took on the responsibility of reviving the Star Trek franchise, myself included. But if there was one man who could do it, it was definitely Mr. Abrams. And boy did he succeed. Star Trek is a film that has everything us Trekkies love about the classic while updating it for a new audience to appreciate and understand. The film is full of cool tech toys, tons of action and even a guest appearance from the original Spock Leonard Nemoy. The only thing it really needed to be perfect was a visit from the original Kirk, William Shatner. Star Trek label aside this is just a good action movie. An easy to follow story, plenty of great action sequences, realistic CGI and great acting. What is amazing how well the younger versions of the originals are able to portray their characters with such great accuracy but giving them new depth. Be sure to see this since the follow up is slated for next year.
10/10 Stars – Didn’t have high expectations but they were unbelievably surpassed! Could watch this over and over again!
It took 2 viewings of this movie to really get an idea of how good it is. I was never a Star Trek fan, and I have not seen any of the shows so I don’t have connections to any of the characters or even if the story lines fit. What I do know is that the introduction of the characters, their development and their likability are very well created. J. J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, Mission Impossible 3) has done good projects over his career and shown he is great skills in writing, and I can say, the time travel aspect of this story makes it intriguing and adds extra depth to a nice introductory story. All the actors are well known so seeing their faces is welcome, but they fit well with the actors who they “took over” from. I love Simon Pegg as Scotty and Leonard Nemoy as the older Spock (remember time travel) keeps it true to its roots. As someone who has no connection to the Star Trek world, this movie is entertaining, engaging, well told and makes me interested to see more!
9/10 Stars – Fits well into the world full of Marvel, DC and Transformers!
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