STAR TREK (2009 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì

Star Trek movie is a prequel to the original 1960s Star Trek television series. This movie has so much to offer viewers. The graphics and scenery are spectacular. Don’t be sidetracked by the beginning storyline. George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth) is given far too many things to worry about at one time while he is crashing Captain Robau’s ship into the enemy ship. Deciding a name for his new baby with his wife over the telecom while she is being evacuated on an evac ship seems an improbable task while monitoring a star ship into its final phases of life. The script needs realism at the front, but quickly makes up for the reality lapse as it draws the viewer into all the events that led to Captain James Kirk leading USS Enterprise crews through all their later adventures. The movie picks up pace with the introduction of Spock, called Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy), and Simon Pegg as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott. The real magic begins when the viewer is hit with one huge buffet of spectacular special effects and action scenes. This is a good movie. But, when the movie is over, one is left with the feeling that the fantastic special effects and the musical scores gave illusion to having seen a really great movie when maybe they have not. There’s more to entertainment than distracting casino-style lights, bells, and whistles. Viewers need to take substance away from entertainment, something that feeds the soul and is relevant to life. This movie fails on that level.

Storyline

James Kirk (Chris Pine) attends Starfleet Academy and meets Doctor McCoy and Captain Pike. During training the cadets are mobilized to answer a distress signal coming from Vulcan. They board the Enterprise and the story is on.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director J.J. Abrams for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Bryan Burk, Jeffrey Chernov, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Spock (Zachary Quinto) Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy), Nero (Eric Bana), Pike (Bruce Greenwood), Bones (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg), and Sulu (John Cho).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Each scene is acted with good quality and the look-a-likes for James Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are superb renditions that vary little from the original 1966 Star Trek series that featured William Shatner as Captain James Kirk.

Ben Meyers

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