Although the deluge of remakes, sequels, prequels and spin-offs may seem to be somewhat relentless, the upsurge in their appearance in cinemas has led to some truly awesome and memorable cinematic offerings and the J. J. Abrams’s Star Trek is no exception.
Set at the cusp of James T. Kirk’s (Chris Pine) reign at the helm of the U.S.S. Starship Enterprise, the film sees the budding relationships between the well-loved television characters. Spock (Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy) appears twice whilst Uhura (Avatar’s Zoe Saldana), Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Bones (Karl Urban) all make an appearance with Simon Pegg playing the Scottish Scotty. Although the trekkie favourites all make appearances all isn’t quite what it seems. When the villainous Romulans appear and force George Kirk (James’s father) to undergo a suicidal collision course with their starship to try and stop their cataclysmic plans history fans of the show and film franchise are familiar with is altered. Enter rebellious James T. Kirk who is reluctant to join star fleet, a romantic coupling between Uhura and Vulcan Spock and the bombing of planet Vulcan that makes its species an endangered one.
With many fans feeling cheated with the appearance of an alternate reality the film threatened to disappoint audiences. Thankfully the appearance of the red matter means that new story lines can be explored in the new films without outcry about it is straying too far from the original. The effects employed in Abrams’s are stunning and the re-invention of the global franchise is modern without forgetting its Roddenberry roots.
Eric Bana’s Nero provides a powerful and threatening nemesis to the young crew onboard the Enterprise whilst the appearance of Leonard Nimoy ties the film nicely to it’s television and cinematic predecessors.
Best line; Bones – ‘Dammit, man! I’m a doctor, not a physicist!’
Best performance; Quinto as Spock.
If the budding romance between Uhura and Spock had flourished William Shatner would not have been involved in THAT then controversial televised inter-racial kiss.