Saturday, July 16, 2016

Movie Review: Star Trek (2009)

The reboot of the beloved franchise turned to the remake master J.J. Abrams for the updated Star Trek. Abrams already had shown quality directing but he proved his science fiction skill with this fun and awe-inspiring new vision. I'm not as familiar with the original Star Trek films and tv show so I came into this movie with relatively little knowledge. While I didn't convert to full-on Trekkie, I did appreciate what these films had to offer. 

The new actors were a great recasting of classic characters, and I liked everyone who appears in this film. The film introduced Chris Hemsworth to the general public before his appearance as the Marvel hero Thor. His short prologue scene was memorable enough to recall him when the Thor casting was announced plus did a great job dragging an unknowing viewer like me into the excitement of the story. The plot also takes a unique approach with a clever time travel plot that ties in the old and the new.

The movie served primarily as an origin for Captian James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto). It focuses on their relationship and reintroduces the beloved characters to a new audience and avid fans. Kirk was not planning on joining Star Fleet and spends his time driving fast cars and getting into barroom brawls. After one brawl over trying to get the name of a Star Fleet cadet who later turns out to be Uhura (Zoe Saldana), he is confronted by Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood).

The viewer is brought in through the eyes of Kirk and introduced to the rest of the crew like Bones (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho), and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). Kirk does not follow the rules but Abrams uses such great roundabout ways for the story to flow together with nearly every scene full of action. As events spiral out of control at the hand of a vicious Romulan named Nero (Eric Bana), Kirk and Spock continue to clash. Spock is under great duress as his home planet is threatened by a world-destroying chemical. Spock kicks Kirk off the ship, and then the plot gets really interesting. 

The original Spock (Leonard Nimoy) returns and ties the alternate storylines together in a way that I really enjoyed. Scotty (Simon Pegg) shows up to reinvent transportation and the movie flies from there. This reboot is a great film that I can't recommend enough to fans of the original Star Trek and new science fiction fans. 

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