Film: Star Trek
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimmoy, Eric Bana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg
Directed by: J J Abrams
Rating: Superb – watch it immediately!
On the day of James Kirk’s birth, his father dies on his ship in a last stand against a mysterious alien vessel. He was looking for Ambassador Spock, who is a child on Vulcan at that time, disdained by his neighbors for his half-human nature. Twenty years later, Kirk has grown into a young troublemaker inspired by Capt. Christopher Pike to fulfill his potential in Starfleet even as he annoys his instructors like young Lt. 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 even as the new version of it is just beginning.
This was pretty much my film of the year for 2009. Honestly, it could not have been more perfectly cast – every single one of the stars was spot on in every way. The plot was in keeping with the history as established through the original show and was a non-stop thrill ride.
The cinematography and effects were also superb. Wherever possible, if they could physically do something rather than using green screen or CGI, that’s exactly what they did. It shows and it paid off. There is an air of gritty realism, despite the sci-fi setting, and the cast and crew all played a part in making this, in my opinion, the very best of the Star Trek movies.
I cannot believe we have to wait till 2012 for the next installment, but am elated that all the stars have signed on for it. I can hardly wait!