May 11, 2009 by  

Star Trek


Star Trek

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto play young versions of Capt. James T. Kirk and Spock in J.J. Abrams' prequel "Star Trek."

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
Directed by: J.J. Abrams (“Mission: Impossible 3”)
Written by: Roberto Orci (“Transformers”) and Alex Kurtzman (“Tranformers”)

Welcome me with open arms Trekkies worldwide.

While I may not know the difference between photon and polaron torpedoes and can’t speak a lick of Klingon, the new J.J. Abrams-helmed “Star Trek” has created a new fan – at least of the most recent film.

Commanding the Starship Enterprise is a young James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), the son of a former captain whose reign was short-lived after being attacked by a Romulan ship the night his wife gave birth to James. Leading the enemy ship throughout the film is Nero (an unrecognizable Eric Bana), a Romulan who wants nothing more than to make anyone he comes in contact with suffer, especially the Vulcan race.

The back stories to the most influential characters of the series, including Kirk, Spock, and “Bones” McCoy are extremely fascinating. Give credit to screenwriting team Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman of the overblown “Transformers” movie for reenergizing this franchise. With so much material to work with in “Star Trek” folklore, Orci and Kurtzman do well in dabbling in both the old and the new aspects of what has made the franchise popular for so long.

As the new half human-half Vulcan Spock, actor Zachary Quinto is spot on, not only with his pointy-eared look but when what he brings to the character. The scenes he shares with the original Spock (Leonord Nimoy) are well-written and fit in nicely with the new story. The most important thing about this small cameo is that Nimoy doesn’t feel like he was thrown in as a gimmick. His contribution to the film is integral and Abrams uses the short time he has with him to expand the story by light years.

Once Kirk enlists in the Starfleet, “Star Trek” never lingers. It’s an extraordinary action film complete with impressive special effects and solid performances by the entire cast.

Grade: B+

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2 Responses to “Star Trek”
  1. c.mares says:

    i honestly think that this was the summers best movie! I cant wait for this one to hit the shelves. The soundtrack could of been a bit more entertaining, but other than that, this is an “A” grade movie without a doubt.

    a side note…i always feel like soundtracks really do play an important role in the film. a perfect example of a good movie that had a crap soundtrack “TROY” a movie that wouldn’t of been so good if it wasn’t for the soundtrack is “RESERVOIR DOGS”

  2. c.mares says:

    haha oh yeah…

    could of done with out the lame “leg cross” reference at the end of the movie to Mr. Priceline.com

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