Star Trek (2009) Review
With the release of Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend I thought it would be a great time to review part 1 in the nerdiest reboot of all time. This Star Trek was a shockingly good film when it came out and I was very impressed when I first saw, so angry I didn’t get to see in IMAX but either watching it on a phone or the big screen this film was excellent. The story was clever and allowed for both an origin story of the original and a whole new path for the franchise, Abram’s you sneaky Bastard. The cast is great and I loved their interpretations of the characters, some interesting choices for the roles but they paid off with some great performances. The visuals are amazing and are truly breath-taking, from the halls of the Enterprise to the epic battles in space. The science fiction is fascinating but for the new generation a little heart pounding action is required and that’s what this film does well in many different ways. I hope you all enjoy the new Star Trek this weekend and come back for my review on Friday. Live long and prosper \\//.
“You know your father was Captain of a Starship for 12 minutes. He saved 800 lives, including your mother’s… and yours. I dare you to do better.”
On the day of James Kirk’s birth, his father dies on his ship in a last stand against a mysterious alien time-traveling vessel looking for Ambassador Spock, who, in this time, is also a child on Vulcan disdained by his neighbors for his half-human heritage. Twenty-five years later, Kirk has grown into a young troublemaker. Challenged by Captain Christopher Pike to realize his potential in Starfleet, he comes to annoy instructors like young Commander Spock. Suddenly, there is an emergency at Vulcan and the newly commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov and even Kirk himself, thanks to Leonard McCoy’s medical trickery. Together, this crew will have an adventure in the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever as a new version of it begins.
Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended
Story: 90% Acting: 90% Characters: 95% Dialogue: 90%
Sci-Fi/Action: 100% Style/Sound: 100% Visuals: 100%
The story was a great idea, bringing both the original series and a brand new story to the big screen allows for both Star Trek fans to keep their series untainted whilst also bringing in a new generation to the franchise. The new continuum required the original crew to all end up in the same position more or less and they settled it in a neat and entertaining way. The acting was really good and I loved some of the new cast taking on the role of some old favourite characters. Spock played by Zachary Quinto was entertaining but sadly didn’t have the best dialogue, although he had some very funny lines like “Captain. Please, I apologize. The complexities of human pranks escape me” Laughed like a moron. Chris Pine as James T Kirk was pretty close to perfect, he had the character down and it was very entertaining to see.
Since it’s a Star Trek film lets go over some of the science fiction content. We have green ladies (gotta love it), black holes, space battles, space ships, Romulans, Vulcans, other aliens and of course Time Travelling. The story had some surprising amounts of adventure considering it was tightly contained story of origins and bringing new characters, for example we saw at least three different planets and on one we had alien monsters (Yay!). The action was spectacular and you have never seen a Star Trek film with such brilliant ships and action packed battles, even when on the ground shooting with phasers it felt fast and well-paced (pew, pew). The style and sound of the film have changed but it still has the same feel of adventure and discovery of space. Loved the sound and that new theme music in the soundtrack is so memorable it will stick in your head for weeks after you have seen the film.
The visuals where glorious and I cannot hype them enough! The future had to look bright and clean and perfect because that’s how the Star Trek vision of the future looks and this film does that from the ships interior to the Starfleet Academy. The designs of the different worlds and races were great and inspired from Abrams and co. The Romulan ship was really weird looking and I like it. My personal favourite in visual terms was SPACE BATTLES!! They were glorious and action packed, they also had a far more destructive feel to the weapons thanks to the lasers and photon torpedoes actually ripping up ships and doing serious damage, it feels like people could die (less so in the TV show).
The best reviews I found would be these “With Star Trek Abrams honors the show’s legacy without fossilizing its best qualities. Instead, he’s whisked it off to a planet where numbing nostalgia can’t kill it, and where the future is still something to look forward to.” Stephanie Zacharek. “In going back to tell the Enterprise story from the beginning, Star Trek presses collective emotional buttons people didn’t even know they had. At its best, the effect is like seeing life panoramically, past and future, simultaneous and magnificent” Mick LaSalle. “Star Trek has needed this kind of face lift for years.” Joshua Starnes. “Although given the Starship Enterprise?s keys, geek-culture maven J.J. Abrams warps the vessel like he stole it in a sleek, stylish reboot stuffed with jailbreak momentum, deft pacing, dense plotting, passionate principles and perfect casting.” Nick Rogers. “Not content to just make this the Spock and Kirk show, with supporting players largely reduced to broad strokes, Abram’s makes it clear that he’s interested in Star Trek as an on-going, fully fleshed-out ensemble piece.” Ian Buckwalter.
My favourite scene would have to be all the lense flare and the USS Enterprise being constructed in atmosphere. Haha no I really loved the space battles but also there were some great lines of dialogue throughout. It’s very hard to pick a favourite I liked so many parts of the film, Leonard Nimoy was great as always, stole some of the scenes from the new cast which I found really funny. He must be so sick of playing that part.