Movie: Star Trek (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Gene Roddenberry (television series "Star Trek")
I confess I was never a big fan of the original Star Trek television show. I did, however, like Star Trek: the Next Generation--at least the few seasons I saw of it. I did not jump into it right away, and only came into the show after it had been on air for a little while. Captain Picard was one of my favorite characters as was Deanna Troy. I figured if I could be anyone in the world, I would most want to be an empath. I also came to really like the least successful of the bunch, Enterprise. It had an unpolished feel to it; plus, I was happy to see Scott Bakula back on television.
My husband had been on pins and needles for quite awhile in anticipation of the new Star Trek movie; and I have to admit that his excitement was contagious. I am a fan of J.J. Abrams work. He hooked me long ago with Alias and Lost. And so it was with high expectations that we walked into the movie theater Friday morning (my mouth still numb from that morning's dental visit) and took our seats amongst the other moviegoers. I was eager to see J.J. Abrams fresh spin on the franchise.
Anjin and I were not disappointed. The movie chronicles the early years of Kirk and Spock in addition to other crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise. They are a part of the Federation, an exploratory and peace keeping organization that travels through space. James T. Kirk and Spock are forced to work together despite their animosity when the planet Vulcan is threatened by a rogue Romulan hell bent on destroying it. He blames the Vulcans for being the ruin of his own family and home.
The movie is well cast; Chris Pine played the young James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto took on the role of Spock. One of my favorite characters in the movie, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, was played by Karl Urban. I hope to see more of him in the sequel. For fans of the franchise, the new movie takes familiar relationships and makes them fresh again, adding unexpected twists, while at the same time being a great introduction to an unforgetable cast of characters.
Eric Bana was fantastic as Nero, the main antagonist in the film. There have been grumblings that the villain was not a big enough foe in the film, but I do not think he was meant to be. Star Trek is an origin film, and much of the focus is on the coming together of the crew, their developing relationships and their own internal struggles. Personally, I thought Nero's own issues fit in well with those of Spock and Kirk.
Before you think that the movie was all drama, there was plenty of action throughout the film. My husband couldn't help but gush about the sound effects afterward. Fans of Star Trek will see plenty of reminders from the original movies and television show (remember the Red Shirt?), and I doubt new fans will have trouble catching on quickly to the story. The movie was pure entertainment and great fun to watch. It definitely lived up to my expectations.
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