Movie Reviewed: Star Trek
Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Eric Bana, John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, ZoŽ Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin
Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, and brief sexual content
Runtime: 126 min
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Star Trek is crazy, sexy, and cool! Action guru, Director J.J. Abrams has rocketed the Star Trek franchise into the 21st Century with a high entertainment quotient, grace, class, and addictive action sequences!
Not a big Science Fiction fan? No worries, Star Trek is still the summer movie to see. J.J. Abrams has directed a Star Trek for today, for now. Letís put it into musical terms. If the Star Trek of yesterday was a Lawrence Welk tune, then Star Trek 2009 is a Brittney Spears hit. Whether you are a die hard Star Trek fan, or not a Trekkie at all, this is Star Trek will satisfy your senses, provide a strong story line and action of everything kind including battleship wars, giant monsters, time machines, and love!
Yet another summer prequel, Star Trek shows us how the crew loved, copied and worshipped by many came to exist on the U.S.S. Enterprise. Abrams is the puppet master of the new generation of media viewers has placed his fingerprints, puppet strings and footprints all over the Star Trek franchise. Lucky us!
The existence of man kind is at stake, as an emotion-challenged, responsible, logical young Spock and a wild, ďif it feels good do itĒ brilliant young Kirk, put their personal differences aside to battle evil. Eric Bana is their cruel nemesis Nero. The loss of his species and the woman he loved fuels Neroís determination to destroy most anything living in the galaxy.
Leonard Nimoy plays a strong character role as Spock Prime, and he has a inventive storyline. Donít, however, expect a surprise cameo from the original James T. Kirk, because it does not happen. And that is a shame, because this would have been the proper vehicle with a perfect ďtime machineĒ type plot, which would facilitate the appearance of the original Captain Kirk.
ZoŽ Saldana is the beautiful, sexy brainiac that every man wants on the Enterprise desires, and so she chooses the one who barely notices her, and surprising lover indeed! A sign of the times, the Star Trek franchise has always been culturally forward, but Saldanaís Uhura with her culture, intelligence and sexy beauty should be used as a model for all of the leading lady roles in all Hollywood films.
Key to the strength of Star Trek is a riveting cast, though some of the selections are curious. For instance, it has been a long while since the infamous Wynona Rider has made a noteworthy film, and it is strange seeing her cameo as Spockís mother. Another somewhat awkward participant is Tyler Perry. A seasoned actor, and Hollywood force as a writer and director, Perry seems out of place and a little stuffy in his Star Trek role. These are observations are diminutive and donít affect the quality of the Star Trek experience.
If pressed to actually complain, one might wonder what became of young Kirkís biological mother, all we can deduce about her is that she remarried and wasnít around during the rebellious young Kirkís early years. Who knows? Maybe they are saving the details of mama Kirkís life for the sequel to the prequel.