Review by MaceVindaloo
Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder, et al.
Rating: Victory-class Star Destroyer (packs a wallop!)
Forgive us, Kirk ... It has been seven years since our last installment of this storied franchise.
Star Trek chronicles the story of J.T. Kirk from his unique birth through his rebellious youth, to how he becomes the legendary captain of NCC-1701. But some things remain the same. After all, what is a Trek show if it can't have a little temporal displacement? This one has changed the history of what we have come to know in the Star Trek universe. I don't want to give too much away, but this plot and story line is the best in a while, and moves the action along well.
Along with a good action movie and a true summer season, albeit very early summer, Star Trek pays homage to the original Trek show by dropping classic one liners and a recital of part of the opening monologue of the original series. Also, one of the things we loved about the original Star Trek TV series was the cast of main characters. The modern Kirk, Spock, Sulu (Harold from Harold and Kumar), Scotty (Sean of the Dead), Bones (Eomer of Lord of the Rings), Uhura, Chekov are all here, plus a few extras ... Nero, the bad guy, is played by the Incredible Hulk, Spock's mom is played by Babe from Mr. Deeds. A lot of faces we recognize.
The 2009 Star Trek movie, as all Star Trek movies were, is hyper-hyped. I think that this one is the first to live up to that hype. It certainly gave the Trekkies something tangible to crow about ... finally.
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