Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Leonard Nimoy (full cast list)
Based on: Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry
Genre: Science Fiction / Action
Released: May 8 2009
by Paramount Picutres
Running time: 127 minutes (2 hours 7 minutes)
Cert: 12 (BBFC) PG-13 (MPAA)
On the day of James Kirk’s birth, his father dies on his ship in a last stand against a mysterious time-traveling vessel looking for Ambassador Spock, who, in this time, is also a child on Vulcan disdained by his neighbours for his half-human heritage. Twenty-five years later, Kirk has grown into a young troublemaker. Challenged by Captain Christopher Pike to realise 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 caderts 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.
I was incredibly skeptical when this movie was released in theatres, so my Dad and I (we both like Star Trek) didn’t go see it. However, the sequel is going to be released next year so I went out, bought the DVD (at the very low price of £2.50) and watched it as soon as I got home.
One thing that I really liked about this story is that it’s an origin story, but an alternate universe at the same time. That’s really interesting to me, and before I even knew what the movie was about, I was thinking ‘if there is already a Spock, what’s Leonard Nimoy doing here?’ Obviously, I now know, because his Spock and new villain Nero have confrontations with the younger characters of this universe. Hurray for alternate universes!
I loved how the characters were portrayed here, it was incredibly accurate. I loved Zoe Saldana’s Uhura the most; she made her feistier than Nichelle Nichols’ Uhura. That’s kind of what Uhura needed, to be spiced up and made feistier. However, I thought that her “romance” with Spock was really weird. It felt a little bit out of place, but hey, it’s an alternate universe.