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Star Trek

05/06/09

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Dir. J.J Abrams
Starring. Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Chris Pine , Eric Bana,

When people mention the words Star Trek, all I can think of is balding forty-eight year old men watching re-runs, eating microwave meals for one. Therefore, when the new Star Trek film hit the screens I was one of the first to turn my nose up at it and only saw it on a recommendation from a friend who assured me you did not have to wear Vulcan ears and be able to speak Klingon to enjoy this film.

The film is directed by J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield) and opens with the dramatic birth of James Tiberius Kirk (Chris Pine) and his father’s valiant death. Kirk is growing up wild and unruly until an admirer of Kirk’s father, Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood), convinces him to join Starfleet, a peacekeeping space programme, by daring him to do a better job than his father did. After the action filled opening sets the pace for the rest of the film we are slowly introduced to the other renowned characters including Spock (Zachary Quinton), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy (Karl Urban) who only signs up for a career in Starfleet because ‘the wife took the whole damn planet in the divorce’. Abrams also gives us an insight into the early life of the characters at Starfleet academy, which allows for the main relationships between the characters to develop and evolve. The main relationship which gets an overhaul is Kirk and Spock’s. At the beginning of the film Kirk refers to Spock several times as “that pointy eared bastard” but when they are thrown together on the U.S.S. Enterprise they are forced to put aside their differences and work together.

The film revolves around the first meetings of the crew who will eventually take full command of the U.S.S. and Abrams and his cast deliver superbly created emotional characters. Chris Pine had the difficult job of portraying a Kirk who isn’t a rip off of William Shatner’s Kirk and Pine doesn’t disappoint! Pine portrays a Kirk who is cocky and headstrong but as the film develops so does Kirk realising the role he has to play in saving the U.S.S. Enterprise and space from Nero.  Then there is Spock, or in the case of this film two Spocks. Zachary Quinto, the Heroes star, who brings Spock alive with a sense of quiet arrogance on the surface whilst suffering endless turmoil about his Vulcan/human lineage underneath. Abrams then uses Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the original series, as a messenger from the future carrying with him warnings of fate and destiny – themes which appear so frequently in Lost. Nimoy slips into character as well as he once did and gives Spock a gentle element to him as he retells his tale to Kirk. Even though Kirk and Spock are the two main characters in this Star Trek adaptation, the rest of the cast also do a great job – in particular Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg) and Sulu who is played by John Cho (Harold in the series of Harold and Kumar films).

As well as the acting ability being phenomenal, the special effects are also out of this world (pardon the pun); with a U.S.S. Enterprise which looks as if it has just been rolled out of an Apple shop Abrams has created a modern and exciting backdrop for his film. Overall, Abrams has created a Star Trek film which boldly goes where no Star Trek film has gone before, ditching the dated reputation which has previously haunted past Star Trek films and making it exhilarating and fun for anyone to watch.

Rating: 10/10

Star Trek: Currently showing at the Odeon in the Printworks. Also, they are doing special showings of it on IMAX. Go and see it!

Fay Schofield

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