Star Trek

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Director – J.J. Abrams

Writers – Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Gene Roddenberry (TV series)

Starring – Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana

Synopsis

Kind of a prequel to the TV series and other Star Trek films (as far as I know) whereby James Kirk (Pine) and Spock (Quinto) enlist at Starfleet academy and quickly gain the right to be on board the first starship – the U.S.S. Enterprise. Meanwhile the baddy, Nero (Bana), who has inadvertantly travelled back in time, is on the hunt for Spock whom he believes is responsible for the desecration of his planet. When all sorts of time travel mess occurs, the Earth itself is threatened by Nero and the U.S.S. Enterprise must take action.

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Review

First off let me say that the trailer for this movie was awesome – “Fire everything!” and while that line doesn’t quite live up to the expectations (how could it?) the film itself does not disappoint. J.J. Abrams had one hell of a job turning probably the largest cult phenomenon ever in to an accessible blockbuster but somehow he pulled it off and at all the while claiming some critical acclaim (from this critic at least); so who cares that he pissed off a bunch of sweaty nerds?

The first 15 minutes of the film are truly mesmerizing, as we start off with a David and Goliath style spaceship battle that paves the way for the rest of the movie. Abrams nails this battle sequence with excellent pace and well, its just a solid space battle.

Looking back on it, the plot itself is a little contrived with all sorts of time travel and different planets (yeah it is a sci-fi, Guy!), but Abrams manages to reign it in (for the majority of the movie anyway). This isn’t to say that the plot wasn’t enjoyable, infact it had some pretty interesting thoughts on time travel and the revenge mission of Nero gives him good depth, however the problem is there are too many characters and some of plot devices they use to introduce them are bordering on ludicrous. Also, some of the threads get lost along the way.

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Abrams’ main concerns had to be the action and getting the relationship between Kirk and Spock right. He did just that as Pine and Quinto bring new life to their characters and create an interesting tension between each other. Again, some of their character building scenes (including a crucial one) seem contrived when looking back at it, but Abrams somehow gets away with this as you are swept up in his Universe.

To sum up – Littered with problems that include major plot points; it somehow comes out smelling of roses, which I put down to Abrams’ directorial prowess and a hot alien girl in her underwear.

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Verdict – Love it

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