Genre: Action, Sci-Fi / Fantasy
A reboot, a refresh, a re-imagination of a movie series that kinda needed a kick up the backside. You were once just a Trekkie or Star Wars nerd, or just an ordinary human being. Then slowly but surely Star Wars expanded their original three films, and Star Trek seemed to die a slow and painful […]
A reboot, a refresh, a re-imagination of a movie series that kinda needed a kick up the backside. You were once just a Trekkie or Star Wars nerd, or just an ordinary human being. Then slowly but surely Star Wars expanded their original three films, and Star Trek seemed to die a slow and painful death.
In walked JJ Abrams and changed all that. Giving Star Trek a little bit more flair whilst also keeping up with the mythology and storylines that had happened previous, without a whole “that didn’t happen”, he doesn’t reboot it we get something else. An alternative timeline, where Kirk, Bones and Spock met under different circumstances and we start the film with an almighty bang, an introduction to baby Kirk and to see his father quickly disappear from his life almost immediately, whilst saving him and his mother’s life.
We jump through history a bit before it finally brings us to Kirk having a bar room brawl (and the Slusho appears – inner geek joy). With that, and Starfleet ship salt shakers, it brings Kirk and Bones together at Starfleet before showing us their interaction and three years before the Kobayashi Maru test (my inner geek got happy again, everyone else just didn’t understand) which Kirk cheats on. After kinda being suspended, the Enterprise is called into action – minus Kirk!
The space battles are immense and it’s nice to see the younger Kirk vs the younger Spock and see these new actors play legendary roles. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto definitely put their own spin on Kirk and Spock respectfully. Chris Pine comes up with brilliant one-liners that makes you wonder if Shatner was still this young, would he be able to do the same? The supporting roles are superbly acted and it’s nice to see some familiar faces reappear in this timeline too.
Eric Bana plays the villain Nero, and we can understand why he goes through such lengths, trouble is since the film is more dedicated to reintroducing a new cast and crew to the audience, Nero does seem to get zero time on-screen and it’s only when he blows things up, or use worms to get information, that he seems interesting. But never gets fleshed beyond that.
How both JJ and his team cook up everything together was great, allowing old fans the chance to see a newer timeline and some newer audience members to awe and wonder at something they really should have got a long time before a galaxy far far away came into view. Star Trek becomes action packed once again and full of lens flares for your delight.