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25 years ago, a Romulan spaceship from the future has shot down the USS
Kelvin, including her captain George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth), who died
heroically, saving his newborn son James Tiberius.
Now, James T.Kirk
(Chris Pine) has grown to manhood and has become a womanizer, a hothead
with an affinity to getting into fights, and a general troublemaker. Yet
one Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) realizes the boy has potential and
persuades him to join the space academy ... where young Kirk soon falls
for Uhura (Zoe Saldana), becomes friends with Bones (Karl Urban), and
becomes enemies with the Vulcan/human halfbreed Spock (Zachary Quinto),
not only because Spock is Uhura's boyfriend (of sorts). All of the above
are eventually assigned to the USS Enterprise.
The Enterprise's first
mission seems to resemble the USS Kelvin's last mission to the t, and
Kirk, who doesn't want history to repeat itself, especially since history
had to do with the death of his father, tries to warn everyone but isn't
heard ... so eventually, Captain Pike is captured and brought upon a
Romulan ship, the planet Vulcan is destroyed by the Romulans before
Spock's very eyes, and Kirk is shot onto some planet in an escape pod -
where he meets Spock from the future (Leonard Nimoy of course), who fills
him in on the backghrounds of the story: About a century into the future,
future Spock tried but failed to savethe planet Romulus from extinction.
Thing is, the Romulan Nero (Eric Bana) thinks Spock did this on purpose,
so he has dedicated his life on hunting Spock down and avenging himself, a
chase that eventually took Spock and Nero into the past, where Nero used
future Vulcan technology to destroy Vulcan and even the score with Spock.
But wait, Spock is only half Vulcan, so Nero has to destroy earth as well,
right? So Spock from the future, who has served under Kirk from the future
(not in the film) for decades, figures Kirk must take the command of the
Enterprise because only he is able to save worlds ... right?
with the help of stranded brilliant technician Scotty (Simon Pegg), Kirk
gets back onto the Enterprise, tricks Spock into losing his command, and
takes over based on a simple technicality. He then catches up with the
Romulan ship and enters it together with Spock, where the two beat the
heebiegeebies out of the whole crew, save Captain Pike, make it back to
the Enterprise in time and blow up the Romulan ship.
As a thank you,
Kirk takes over the Enterprise for good, and Spock, impressed by his
erstwhile adversary, hops aboard to become his first officer.
plays Sulu, Anton Yelchin can be seen as Chekov.
movie, a reboot of the Star Trek-franchise that has gotten a
bit rusty by 2009, was released, it was already heavily debated by fanboys
and -girls and the general public alike ... and when it came out, it
turned into box office gold, and most people were pleasently surprised
that it was solid genre entertainment.
Solid entertainment, yes, but was
it a good film?
Nope. Sure Star Trek has its moments, and it does
the right thing in not following the preset Star Trek
mythology to the t and instead creating an alternate reality, while still
featuring plenty of tongue-in-cheek allusions to the classic series, but
on the storytelling level the film is less than brilliant.
why does this film have to have an origins story? Sure, reboots these days
all do, but the classic series never featured any origins, and the whole
origins subplot does little to further the main storyline, quite the
Second, did the story really need old Spock? Sure, Leonard
Nimoy is a great actor and heaps more joy to watch than his young version
Zachary Quinto, but his narrative necessity is limited.
isn't there more focus put on the villain? His background is fascinating,
and Eric Bana seems to handle the role just fine, but he hardly gets to do
On top of that, couldn't the finale have been more exciting?
Sure, it features plenty of well-done special effects, but seems so
plastered with them if fails to have any tension, emotional impact or
As for the cast: Now that's a little bit of hit-or-miss. Chris
Pine is quite ok despite his posterboy looks, and Karl Urban at least has
his moments, but Zachary Quinto is a bore, Simon Pegg is overdoing his
Scottish accent and Anton Yelchin is hardly more than a cheap joke.
all, the best word to describe the film is watchable. It's a film you
probably won't hate, but a film that you could have done without ...