Quick Verdict – Beam me up. NOW!
In 2009, Starfleet made their biggest risk in its 33 year history. They were about to reboot Star Trek. It was always going to be shunned by some fans, and people were naturally apprehensive, but we had no reason to be. J.J. Abrams was at the helm. He’d been all over Lost and Alias for the last eight years, his new show, Fringe was just hitting its stride and he’d been successful in giving the Mission Impossible franchise a fresh face. Along with this, we had a brand new cast taking over our beloved characters. Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Zachary Quinto were taking over with Chris Pine in the Captain’s chair.
The story is an origin tale, of sorts. Focusing (albeit very briefly) on Kirk and Spocks upbringing, before they sail through Starfleet academy picking up the original cast along the way, and then plunging them into the main thread of the movie. We have captured father figures, pissed off Romulans (played very well by Eric Bana), epic loss of life, an old favourite, mutiny, a lot of command changes and not forgetting Scotty’s funny looking sidekick. All at a pace of, blink and you’ll miss it.
But this film doesn’t feel rushed. You are given enough time with each character to bond with them and get to know them, and everyone gets their time to shine. My favourite being Bruce Greenwood in the perfect role of Captain Christopher Pike. It’s also nice to see Chris Hemsworth in a pre Thor role, playing Kirks dad.
The visual effects are amazing, the action scenes are intense, and you’ll be pleasantly happy with how they reboot the franchise. Is there too much lens flare? Perhaps, but I didn’t really notice it till someone pointed it out. Thanks! But who cares, the Enterprise lifts out of the rings of Saturn. That was bloody awesome.
Watch this if you like –
- Star Trek (any series)
- Any Star Trek movie
- Mission Impossible 3
- Batman Begins