If you have ever had any interest in science fiction, whether that be collecting every last Burger King Star Wars Toy or just briefly passed Doctor Who on the Sci Fi Channel, you can enjoy JJ Abrams’ new epic, Star Trek. JJ has exemplified the PERFECT (yes I said perfect) way to shoot a jolt of energy into the arm of what was a stagnant franchise, and has more than successfully redefined it for a new generation. The story, which is actually part of the Star Trek canon (spoiler free comment/review), takes place 129 years before the events of the past Star Treks, as an origin story. Jim Tiberius Kirk is born aboard a evacuation ship escaping the SS Kelvin, which was being destroyed by a Romulan known as Nero. Approximately 25 years later, James is a wise-cracking ne’er-do-well that has too big a mouth for his own good. He ends up enlisting in the Starfleet Academy, and, by chain of events, ends up on board the new Starship Enterprise. He is under the command of General Pike (Bruce Greenwood) and First in Command Spock (Zachary Quinto), and shares a ship with Uhura (Zoe Saldana), McCoy (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho), Scotty (Simon Pegg), and Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin). Where to Begin? Well for starters, all doubt in my mind that JJ Abrams (the devil behind Cloverfield) couldn’t perform on an action movie, was removed. The action in the movie delivers, and keeps you there right in the middle of it for the entire 2 hours. Whether it was bar fights or intergalactic travel, I was glued to the screen. All of this frantic action is accompanied by stellar camera work from Abrams. I gotta point out that the bar fight did have some really Cloverfield-like shakiness, but after that particular scene they were able to keep the action in full view. One thing the movie really did do spectacularly was the performances of the crew. Cho, Yelchin, Saldana, and Greenwood all do fantastic in what smaller screen times they have, but those the likes of Simon Pegg as Scotty are hilarious, those of Zachary Quinto’s Spock are riveting, and those of Chris Pine’s Kirk are just entertaining. Pine pulls off the smart-aleck, wise-cracking born leader of Kirk so well it makes you think “William who?”. Also, there’s Nero. Seeing each of these different characters on screen, each of them with their own distinct personality, was executed perfectly and was riveting to see each one fulfill their parts on the Enterprise.
Probably the aspect of the film that I acclaim the most is the film’s strong emphasis on visual flair. The film isn’t as sci-fi lenient as some of the stuff I’ve seen from the original series. The film possesses a more modern flair to it, however you never forget you’re watching Star Trek. There’s always a constant reminder, whether it’s the ship’s interiors, the look and feel of space, the uniforms of the Enterprise’s crew, or the alien creatures in the midst, you know this is Star Trek. It’s like somebody took Star Trek and just modern-ized it and made it more relevant and entertaining for a new generation, and that somebody is JJ Abrams. The film also can be compared to the smart kid in your science class, it knows all the answers. Besides talking the talk and walking the walk as a film, it just doesn’t beat your head in with action. Basically the message I’m trying to convey is that you should go, run to your theater and go see Star Trek. You will be gravitated toward the screen and you will love it. The only real fault I could find was that yea, it could get a little preachy sometimes with all the techno-babble. Also, as a personal request, I would have liked to see more of certain characters. Star Trek is one of the most captivating and most fun thrill rides I’ve been on this year, and is one of the best experiences I’ve had at the movies since Iron Man. This movie is just so epic, captivating, fun, fun-ny, and so guaranteed to be the first in many to come, so dare I say classic for our time, this could be considered the Star Wars Episode 4 of our time. JJ Abrams has destroyed the target with his vision of the Star Trek Universe, has re-created iconic characters, and modern-ized a classic franchise with a fun and frantic summer movie with a juicy center of perfection.
5 out of 5