Star Trek: The Review

Who would have thought Stark Trek could make a guy cry? Watched it yesterday, and it was rather impressive. To quote Simon Pegg (Scotty):  “I once said every odd-numbered Trek film was crap, so fate put me in this one to show me I was talking out of my ass”

For starters, there’s that tear-inducing introduction, sans-opening credits (really, who needs A-list stars?). War heroism, valiant sacrifice, and conflicted love between service and family, pulled off superbly by Chris Hemsworth (as George Samuel Kirk, Sr) and Jennifer Morrison (as Winona Kirk).

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Well, let’s get the science geekiness out of the way first shall we? Time travel is almost always far too contrived to make for a good story, but Star Trek pulls if off decently. Intended to get around continuity problems with the rest of the series, the film establishes an alternate timeline. It eliminates causality paradoxes, but does put into question Nero’s motivation for revenge, considering his vengeance is wreaked merely onalternate timeline counterparts to those he’s sworn revenge.

Disregarding the Trek staples of Warp drive and beam transportation (beam me up Scotty!), there are few scientific anomalies, provided orbital skydivers are sufficiently unaffected by wind to hit platforms ten metres across from 200km up

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What’s more impressive though, is that Star Trek is a sci-fi, space opera that works, without any protracted space battles. The customary ten minute climax involving two flagships trading blows never materialises. What does materialse, however, are Spock and Kirk on on board Nero’s vessel and a far more satisfying end to this film’s villain.

Of course, what’s an (almost) explosion-less film without good acting? The cast, devoid of A-listers, pulls it off magnificently, with inspired performances by Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, as well as Anton Yelchin in the supporting role of Pavel Chekov. Quinto, pulls off the conflicted not Vulcan, yet not-quite-human Spock, exuding trademark Spock cool and composure in a sublime performance. Pine, meanwhile, plays Kirk with all the panache of the space cowboy that he is (taking his character’s regular beatings in stride). The supporting cast does not disappoint either, reinventing their characters while capturing the essence of their appeal.

Although part-action, part-drama, Star Trek is wholly entertaining, with its share of slapstick moments and the characters’ classic humour. Long-time Trekkies will not be disappointed either, with references and in-jokes littering the film. Not forgetting the series’ tradition of social commentary, the scenes of Spock’s childhood, beleaguered by his mixed ancestry, as well as Kirk’s aimless wanderings prior to Starfleet, are thought-provoking.

All-in-all, Star Trek is a well-executed, space action drama, that doesn’t rely solely on cinematics. Tight storytelling and stellar performances keep the audience rapt, and asking for more as the credits roll.

(4/5 stars)


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