Though it boasts an amazing cast, and a theme song that nearly anyone will recognize, this sci-fi re-boot isn’t as captivating as I expect, and want, it to be. For two reasons, I’m going to write more about the production aspects of the film than writing a proper review. Story wise, this film is the re-boot of a franchise that has an impressive following to say the least.
Star Trek (2009) Film Review
It stars Chris Pine as James Kirk, the cocky son of the heroic man who saved over eight hundred lives – including those of his mother and himself – when he went down with a starship battling the captain of a now disbanded tribe. Years later, Kirk’s life coincides with Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) who once knew James’ father. Issued a dare, Kirk joins the cadet program, a choice that will test his mettle in ways he’s not been challenged. Intersecting with his life is that of Spock (Zachary Quinto), a brilliant Vulcan whose questionable paternity leads him to leave his tribe and Bones (Karl Urban), a dedicated physician and James best friend.‘STAR TREK’ (2009) #FWarchives Click To Tweet
What I first saw him in, I don’t know but Chris Pine is an actor I like in leading roles. Because of its high praise and the cast, why it had to take me four years to finally see this, I don’t know. Let me start out by clearly saying, I like the movie. A lot. Many of its quirks are pure brilliance though I cannot say the same for the script. It seems mediocre in many of its story elements. Probably the greatest, most engaging surprise was the humor. How well it carried the film was wonderful. It’s difficult to balance humor against nail-biting suspense unless you are Star Trek. The effort is one of many rewards since it plays as if it is actually effortless making the suspense less important while the audience gets caught up in the character’s not the pulse-pounding excitement which plays second string.
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Special effects are really impressive and in particular the rescue mission in the final moments has selfless heroism and some nail-biting uncertainty. The pacing keeps up, and in addition to a solid ending that doesn’t fizzle out, it also opens with a strong, emotional set up. In spite of that good climax, it’s the cast who keeps this movie going. Pine and Quantino are excellent as is the supporting cast, including a nearly unrecognizable Eric Bana. This is true for everyone except perhaps Zoe Salanda whom is more expendable than important; something that normally wouldn’t be a point of contention other than as a means for bit of cute romantics. Then there is the script which is a mix up of bitter rivals, and futuristic predictions come in just when you think you have a grasp on who is who and the part they play.
Putting aside any flaws, this made for a fun night of entertainment and is one that I’ll look forward to seeing again. It has charisma in ways most movies never achieve and it is also a part of a legendary series that likely took the genre of science fiction to new heights. As the first in a re-booted series, Star Trek is an excellent piece of film work; curiosity for ‘Into the Darkness’ is now something to anticipate. Despite all of its spectacular effects, comedy and other frivolity, I’m remiss to not share its greatest error. Killing off Chris Hemsworth in the first fifteen minutes; I don’t know if that is a forgivable offense. *wink*
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CONTENT: There is a brief sensual scene between Kirk and his date [he is on her bed, both are in their underwear before he is
forced to hide when her roommate returns]. There is an early scene of childbirth [non-graphic]. Various characters die; Kirk gets into a fistfight and someone captures and tortures another man. The movie is PG13.