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Star Trek

USA 2009
produced by
J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk (executive), Jeffrey Chernov (executive), Alex Kurtzman (executive), Roberto Orci (executive) for Bad Robot, Paramount, Spyglass Entertainment
directed by 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, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Morrison, Rachel Nichols, Faran Tahir, Clifton Collins jr, Tony Elias, Sean Gerace, Randy Pausch, Tim Griffin, Freda Foh Shen, Kasia Kowalczyk, Jason Brooks, Sonita Henry, Kelvin Yu, Marta Martin, Tavarus Conley, Jeff Castle, Billy Brown, Jimmy Bennett, Spencer Daniels, Jeremy Fitzgerald, Zoe Chernov, Max Chernov, Jacob Kogan
written by Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Michael Giacchino, special effects by ILM, models and miniatures by Kerner Optical, visual effects by Evil Eye Pictures, Lola Visual Effects

Star Trek, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, Star Trek (original crew)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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25 years ago, a Romulan spaceship from the future has shot down the USS Kelvin, including her captain George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth), who died heroically, saving his newborn son James Tiberius.

Now, James T.Kirk (Chris Pine) has grown to manhood and has become a womanizer, a hothead with an affinity to getting into fights, and a general troublemaker. Yet one Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) realizes the boy has potential and persuades him to join the space academy ... where young Kirk soon falls for Uhura (Zoe Saldana), becomes friends with Bones (Karl Urban), and becomes enemies with the Vulcan/human halfbreed Spock (Zachary Quinto), not only because Spock is Uhura's boyfriend (of sorts). All of the above are eventually assigned to the USS Enterprise.

The Enterprise's first mission seems to resemble the USS Kelvin's last mission to the t, and Kirk, who doesn't want history to repeat itself, especially since history had to do with the death of his father, tries to warn everyone but isn't heard ... so eventually, Captain Pike is captured and brought upon a Romulan ship, the planet Vulcan is destroyed by the Romulans before Spock's very eyes, and Kirk is shot onto some planet in an escape pod - where he meets Spock from the future (Leonard Nimoy of course), who fills him in on the backghrounds of the story: About a century into the future, future Spock tried but failed to savethe planet Romulus from extinction. Thing is, the Romulan Nero (Eric Bana) thinks Spock did this on purpose, so he has dedicated his life on hunting Spock down and avenging himself, a chase that eventually took Spock and Nero into the past, where Nero used future Vulcan technology to destroy Vulcan and even the score with Spock. But wait, Spock is only half Vulcan, so Nero has to destroy earth as well, right? So Spock from the future, who has served under Kirk from the future (not in the film) for decades, figures Kirk must take the command of the Enterprise because only he is able to save worlds ... right?

Anyways, with the help of stranded brilliant technician Scotty (Simon Pegg), Kirk gets back onto the Enterprise, tricks Spock into losing his command, and takes over based on a simple technicality. He then catches up with the Romulan ship and enters it together with Spock, where the two beat the heebiegeebies out of the whole crew, save Captain Pike, make it back to the Enterprise in time and blow up the Romulan ship.

As a thank you, Kirk takes over the Enterprise for good, and Spock, impressed by his erstwhile adversary, hops aboard to become his first officer.

John Chu plays Sulu, Anton Yelchin can be seen as Chekov.

 

Before this movie, a reboot of the Star Trek-franchise that has gotten a bit rusty by 2009, was released, it was already heavily debated by fanboys and -girls and the general public alike ... and when it came out, it turned into box office gold, and most people were pleasently surprised that it was solid genre entertainment.

Solid entertainment, yes, but was it a good film?

Nope. Sure Star Trek has its moments, and it does the right thing in not following the preset Star Trek mythology to the t and instead creating an alternate reality, while still featuring plenty of tongue-in-cheek allusions to the classic series, but on the storytelling level the film is less than brilliant.

Basically, why does this film have to have an origins story? Sure, reboots these days all do, but the classic series never featured any origins, and the whole origins subplot does little to further the main storyline, quite the contrary.

Second, did the story really need old Spock? Sure, Leonard Nimoy is a great actor and heaps more joy to watch than his young version Zachary Quinto, but his narrative necessity is limited.

Furthermore, why isn't there more focus put on the villain? His background is fascinating, and Eric Bana seems to handle the role just fine, but he hardly gets to do anything.

On top of that, couldn't the finale have been more exciting? Sure, it features plenty of well-done special effects, but seems so plastered with them if fails to have any tension, emotional impact or suspense.

As for the cast: Now that's a little bit of hit-or-miss. Chris Pine is quite ok despite his posterboy looks, and Karl Urban at least has his moments, but Zachary Quinto is a bore, Simon Pegg is overdoing his Scottish accent and Anton Yelchin is hardly more than a cheap joke.

In all, the best word to describe the film is watchable. It's a film you probably won't hate, but a film that you could have done without ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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