Star Trek is the reboot of the popular, iconic sci-fi franchise, helmed by JJ Abrams in a shiny new portrayal, there’s a new, all star cast this time around, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth.
And we get a well told entry point to the Star Trek universe with James T Kirk played brilliantly by Chris Pine, embodying the arrogant, headstrong persona of young Kirk, as he tries to make a name for himself and live up to his fathers legacy, signing up to work in Star fleet, a space faring organization. JJ Abrams has a great handle of things in Star Trek and expertly crafts an entertaining and engaging world, with a standout aesthetic to the visuals that represents the shiny new updated version of the Trek universe from the film from the interior of the spaceships, to the teleporter beams to the blaster rifles, it’s a wonderful looking film. And JJ really nails it with great camerawork, giving us awesome panning and wide shots of alien planets, spaceships and space battles, Star Trek feels very epic and big in scope and it’s a joy to watch.
The cast is fantastic and everyone really does well in their role, Pine and Quinto play off each other really well as a younger Kirk and Spock and even if you’re not that familiar with Star Trek (as I am not) you can tell the two have a special relationship and will probably need each other in future. While Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana also bring life to their characters and play them with enthusiasm and vibrancy, same goes for Eric Bana as Nero, the films antagonist who wants to terrorize the galaxy, destroying planets with black holes because… he can. And the heroes of the story do have things a bit rough, things don’t always go their way but they band together and tackle things with their thinking and some improvisation which is fun to watch storywise, the stakes in the film are high and the tension is carried well in certain points, helped by the films great soundtrack.
Bana as Nero is good and quite larger than life with his actions bring about some of the more emotional beats in the film, James Kirks’ father sacrificing himself, the loss of the Romulus planet and Spock holding onto and tragically losing his mother spring to mind, these moments came thick and fast and are treated well in an otherwise fast paced, action packed film. Character development is also a big part of the film with Kirks’ own personal journey as he grows into a capable ship captain, willing to sacrifice himself for his crew, growing to respect and depend on Spock and vice versa, as Spock learns to trust and rely on others and not always go it alone, Leonard Nimoys’ cameo in the film was also a great touch and a nice nod to the original TV series and films.
Star Trek really is an excellently crafted blockbuster with heart from its’ tone to its great pacing, scenes flow into each other seamlessly and the big action set pieces are fantastic, especially the space combat which is emphasized by the use of the camera to pan out and show the vastness of space and the ships in the scene firing away at each other. And while being a big budget, CGI packed film, the storytelling never takes a back seat and plays a crucial part in why this re-boot works, the plot is engaging, the characters are colourful, fun to watch and it’s a thrill ride from start to finish, with some great tension and action.
. Fantastic plot, great pacing, engaging
. Stunning visuals, very well shot film
. Effective use of characters to draw you into the story, good character development