Released 2009 (USA)
American & German, in English
Director - J.J. Abrams
Stars - Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and many more
In a reboot of the 1960s television series of the same name, meet the crew of the Federation starship USS Enterprise as they come together for their first mission. Pine stars as James T. Kirk, Quinto as Spock, and Saldana as Nyota Uhura.
Lots of violence; gore; minor blue language; heavily implied sexy times.
It relies too heavily on coincidence. [SPOILERS] For example, the ship’s doctor is killed during the Enterprise’s first brush with the Romulans, paving the way for Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban) to immediately be promoted. Or, Kirk just happens to be marooned on the same planet as Future Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Montgomery “Scotty” Scott (Simon Pegg), who respectively have the information & skills he needs. [SPOILERS] It’s all a bit too convenient.
I have some serious questions about the plot. [SPOILERS] Such as: if Future Romulus is under threat from a supernova, why wouldn’t they - to be on the safe side - evacuate the planet instead of saying, “oh, ok, cool” when Future Spock said he could save them? Also, WTF is red matter? It’s never explained. [SPOILERS]
I could see how it wouldn’t have as big of an impact for someone who wasn’t a fan of the show. Half the joy of it is in the callbacks to the original characters/actors.
It’s so much fun! The pace is good - pretty much full throttle from start to finish. There’s no time to get bored. There’s tons of action. And the aforementioned callbacks are delightful. When I saw this in the theater, the whole audience dissolved into laughter at Pavel Chekov’s (Anton Yelchin) introduction, when he said, “Wiktor. Wiktor.” Those callbacks are sprinkled throughout.
The casting is fantastic. Spot on. Personal favorite performances are Saldana, Quinto, Urban, and Yelchin. Urban in particular knocks it out of the park in terms of facial expressions, delivery, and mannerisms. I feel like he really studied the old footage of DeForest Kelley (the original “Bones”).
Love the soundtrack.
Great special effects.
Honestly, I have a lot of problems with the movie, but I can’t seem to make myself care about them. I don’t exactly watch action movies for their flawless plots. I watch them for the entertainment value, and this one certainly has it in spades. It’s a thrill ride all the way through, and I love the homage it pays to the original series. It feels like a loving tribute. I liked it when I saw it in the theater, and I’ve liked it every time I’ve seen it since then.
I give it 4 stars.