Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Star Trek (2009): Review

Because Star Trek: Into Darkness is released this week and I am super excited to see it tomorrow I decided it was time to re watch the J.J Abrams' 2009 reboot Star Trek.  If you do not know, Star Trek (2009) is the new movie based on the original Star Trek television series but that it puts a new spin on the series by focusing on the origin story and working the timeline in order to keep some similarities with the original plot but also to be able to work some new magic into the series.  This movie is one of my top five favorite movies and I have been anticipating the sequel to this prequel reboot since it was first released.  If you know me, you will not be surprised to hear me say that I am ridiculously excited and so glad that I was able to get tickets to the sneak peak on Wednesday.
When I re watch this movie, at the beginning a get more enjoyment from it then I used to because now that Chris Hemsworth as Geroge Kirck, Captin James T. Kirk's father and this is the movie that really brought him to my attention prior to his staring as Thor.  It also has Jennifer Morrison as his mother and she was more well know at the time but has been eclipsed by Hemsworth.  Anyway back to the real stars of Star Trek.  This movie brings back all of the main characters for the original series and I really like that it takes it time to introduce each character in succession, instead of throwing them all in at the beginning.  This allows time to understand who each of the main character's are and to be able to see their role in the story.  The main characters are James T. Kirk, played by Chris Pine.  He is the swashbuckling Captin of the U.S.S. Enterprise who cares for his crew and doing what he needs to in order to get things done, even it is does not mean doing the most logical things.  Spock, played by Zachary Quinto, who is a half Vulcan, half Human Commanding Officer, who is struggling with his emotional suppression and logical mind, while dealing and creating a relationship with Kirck.  Uhura, played by Zoe Saladana, who is the linguistic specialist. Sulu, played by John Cho, is a pilot/ physicist and in this movie has experience as a master fencer.  Scottie, played by Simon Pegg, Chief Engineer, who is the quirky, energetic, engineer genies who comes to the rescuer when more power is needed.  Bones or Doctor McKay, played by Karl Urban, who is Kirk's best friend and Doctor on the enterprise.  Checkov, played by Anton Yelchin, is the young blood who is very handy when needed.  He is not an original character but I like him in this movie.
Like I said, this is a prequel reboot of the original Star Trek television series and takes a new branch in the the star trek universe when the original Spock, played by the legendary Lenard Nimoy, is sent back in time due to being unable to save a future Romulus.  I very revengeful Romulus Captain Nero, played by Eric Bana, is set to destroy the Federation and both Spocks, there is lots of action and suspense to see what will happen next.
This movie has a little bit of all the things that I like in a movie.  It is a sci-fi movie and is a Star Trek movie.  I am a fan of both and was very excited when this movie came out.  It works in humor and action, as well as giving you time to appreciate and differentiate the characters as they are introduced.  Although It works in different character and plot arcs I like how it does that. I especially like that it adds the romantic tension between Spock and Uhura. Like I said this is one of my favorite movies, and I enjoy watching it over and over.

Another fun thing about this movie is it shows the alluded to instance between Kirk and the Kobayashi Maru and how Kirk comes to beat this supposedly unbeatable test.

My Rating: 3+

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