Movie Review: Star Trek

May 20, 2009

The summer movie season started off great this year, with J.J Abram’s Star Trek. I know what your thinking, “what about Wolverine? my point exactly. What about Wolverine? Lets just pretend it didn’t happen. Other then Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, I’ve never seen any Star Trek movie or anything Trek related other then the odd, very random episode of Next Generation on TV. J.J. Abram’s is very much the same, which is why this movie is so accessible.

Chris Pine, is definitely one to watch in the coming years. This is a role that will definitely secure his face and name in the mainstream. He carries this movie with such charm, and a healthy dose of humor that won’t drag you down into a realm of boredom never to return.  Alongside him, is a strong cast that helps establish a team that is worth watching in future sequels now that the origins have been cemented.

Abrams, and his writing team have successfully brought Star Trek to the mainstream. He captures us in with the destruction of the U.S.S Kelvin, introducing us to the villain Nero, and our hero, Kirk (except as a baby form). We have no idea what his intentions are other then forcing aboard the ships captain before destroying the captains ship. This sets the pace for the movie.

Moving from watching Kirk get into a hilarious bar fight (which in turn leads to being convinced to join Star Fleet), to continuing his womanizing behavior.  Then to him beating the simulation which is designed to test how the cadets deal with stress,  leads to his first confrontation with Spock.  Played by Zachary Quinto,  who doesn’t do a bad job himself.  The friction between these two leads to some great moments, and some other that make you go really? Why didn’t he just do x, instead of y? Like I said, before a lot of these things are just nit picking. And don’t harm the overall enjoyment of the movie.

Star Trek is a great movie, and definitely something that Paramount must have been hoping for when they hired Abram’s to reboot the franchise.  He has given them a summer blockbuster that will hopefully produce sequels that are either equal or superior to this movie.

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