Saturday, November 14, 2009

Star Trek (2009)

Score: 9/10

This Star Trek prequel explores the childhood and young lives of Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto). I don’t want to spoil anything here, but let’s just say that they have a very rough beginning here. The appearance of Captain Nero (Eric Bana) with his bulky ship does not help the situation either. Many hand-to-hand combat, shooting matches, and space battles continue afterwards. The beginning of the movie is amazing as well and the ending is very proper (bring back memories). Purely cool and even touching.

This is definitely the best Star Trek movie ever! It’s cool, it’s younger, and it’s gripping. The crews are likeable if not lovable and they performed admirably. Each of them has special function and it’s entertaining to see them work together to achieve common goals. It’s fun to see the young version of Captain Kirk. Young Mr. Spock is calm, collective, and logic as usual, but he also shows some surprising bursts of emotions here and there. Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood), communication officer Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Bones (Karl Urban), pilot Sulu (John Cho), and engineer Scotty (Simon Pegg), and copilot (I think) Chekhov (Anton Yelchin) with his cute accent and jumpy, but reliable conducts, complete the wonderful arrays of casts. The bad guys are okay, could do better perhaps, but they don’t really have much screen time to be fair.

The action sequences are really satisfying, while the special effects are simply brilliant and engaging. The story is quite good, although in some cases some behaviors of the enemy and flow of events are questionable. The movie time is a bit too short as well. It flashes by and ends too quickly. A slower pace might be beneficial for the movie. All in all, this is still a very solid and highly entertaining movie. I’m impressed with the director, J.J. Abrams. This is a firm foundation for more Star Trek movies in the future.

For more information on Star Trek, you can visit:
- IMDB - Star Trek (2009)
- Star Trek movie official site

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