Star Trek review: Perfect Ode To The Classic

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Star Trek is the 2009 reboot of the CBS hit series “Star Trek” created by the visionary Gene Roddenberry. Directed by the talented J.J Abrams and backed by a suitable cast, Star Trek is both a great film as well as an infinitesimal tribute to the original series. Not to mention, this film was there in the semi-final round of the Oscars in best picture category.

U.S.S Kelvin is attacked by the Romulans, who are looking for a Starfleet commander named Spock (Leonard Nimoy). Acting captain George T Kirk (Chris Hemsworth) orders evacuation but he stays behind to fight off the Romulans in order to help his crew escape, thus saving 800 lives including his newborn son Jim. Years later, under the persuasion from Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), captain of U.S.S Enterprise who also worked under Capt George T Kirk as part of his dissertation, young James Kirk (Chris Pine) joins Starfleet. Eventually, he comes face to face with his Vulcan counterpart Spock (Zachary Quinto) with massive personality and opinion differences. They eventually face their common adversary Capt Nero (Eric Bana) of the Romulans.

J. J Abrams introduced a whole environment with his imagination, which includes his direction trademark; lens flares, light texture, moving shots and quick pacing which helped the audience be engrossed in the film. The plot is cleverly structured giving it a hint of the originals. Although there is lagging initially as we are slowly introduced to each of the characters, the pacing goes up exponentially after 50 minutes once the USS enterprise comes face to face with the Romulans. After that, it is an enthralling thrill ride. Nothing makes the film better than Leonard Nimoy’s involvement giving the film an extra leverage, not to mention the TV series had no idea as to how the series will go on especially after the supposed death of James T Kirk (William Shatner). The time relativity, singularity, and repetition process are shown and thus we are introduced to the whole storyline compared to the saga, thus, a fresh reboot. Chris Pine’s version of James Kirk is young and fresh. Mostly, Chris Pine plays himself in that role with a touch hilarity, lothario, and boyishness emphasizing on Kirk’s initial lack of seriousness.

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But this depiction seemingly questioned the integrity of the original character version but Kirk developed as the movie went on. Spock is petulant, tempered person who tries his best to remain calm during the crisis while keeping up his condescending nature. What is more interesting is the candid resemblance of both Pine and Quinto with the original versions by Shatner and Nimoy respectively. Roles like this will suit Pine as an actor but it also means that more challenges are lying ahead before him and he has to go beyond his princess diaries days. Spock is a much more interesting character in this movie as we get to see his emotional side as well as the determined side.

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Uhura was a bit disappointing as she does nothing exceptional in the movie as the only female member in the enterprise in the center of attention. She is there for a minor love/flirting triangle and an underwear scene. Zoe Saldana had her breakthrough that year with two super hit films; Avatar and Star Trek, hoping to see more from her in the future. Another surprising element is Uhura’s affair Spock which might make several fans of the original facepalm, owing to the lack of chemistry between Spock and Uhura’s personalities. She had it better with Kirk. The other characters have their own introduction, especially Mongomery Scott, but in a way, we will want to know more details. Anton Yelchin is adorable as Chekov. Chekov is a brilliant character, but at times I was taken aback when he was given the con (a 17-year-old). Sulu and Bones lacked their respective moments, although Bones hels Kirk come abroad the enterprise.

Technically and structurally, Star Trek is a well-built film. With the intelligent handling of the plotline and an intriguing story, the writing of Star Trek has in a way broken stereotypes concerning most reboots and how they failed. Cinematography captured the profound moments with J.J Abrams’s traditional lens flares and continuous movements. The theme music and the silence during intense and emotional moments give it a plus point. The beginning is very emotional where we see the first officer George T Kirk sacrifice his life to save the crew and his wife gives birth to Jim Kirk in a parallel montage. There are no sound effects during that montage and the music takes the cake. Abram’s vision encapsulates the emotions. The final battle sequence also has that built up with apt resolution.

Star Trek is worth your time and it is an adroit reboot of the cult classic

4/5

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