International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year:
Star Trek (2009)
in time for the summer season of blockbusters comes a reboot
(that word again) of Star Trek. The television
show and the cinematic entries looked out for the count a few years
ago. Stories had become tired and the films had become dull, dull,
dull. So this was a big gamble for the studio and lukewarm reception
for the franchise would almost certainly spell the end.
They need not have worried it took $76 Million in the USA on the
have always classed myself as a casual fan; I am not a Trekkie
or a Trekker. I do not have a box set of every show ever
made and I have not seen all of the films. That said I do have a fondness
for the phenomenon thanks to television re-runs of the old show when
I was growing up so I am aware of the original characters and setting.
What director J.J Abrams, cast and crew have managed here is to instil
new life into old ideas. This film is set ten years before Kirk, Spock,
McCoy et all began their five year mission to boldly go
We find them attending Starfleet Academy and getting to know each other.
This is a great idea, as this will satisfy the curiosity of the old
fans whilst introducing a new audience to the idea and concept. So far,
I held my breath waiting for lots of exposition and a plodding story
but was pleasantly surprised when the film unrolling before me became
a fast-paced, action-packed, adrenalin rush with familiar characters
introduced but in a much more exciting universe. Hang on, this is a
Star Trek film I thought, its actually gripping and moving
quickly I thought. Great!
That is the films saving grace, together with wit and humour, this entry
does not allow a pause to think or explain. It rockets by at a self-assured
pace and packs an emotional punch too. I was so relieved to see it unfold
like this. All of the performances are first-rate and worthy of their
original incarnations. There is perhaps a little too much reverence
to the old characters at times, but that is a very minor quibble.
Chris Pine we have a rebellious, arrogant, headstrong James T Kirk,
for my money spot on! He is ably backed up by Zachary Quinto as
a younger and thus more emotional Spock together with Karl Urban
as grumpy Doctor Leonard Bones McCoy. The other actors
like Simon Pegg as Scotty and Zoe Saldana as Uhura have all managed
to capture the essence of the original crew but made them refreshing
and new and therefore more dynamic.
I wont go
into plot except to say that Earth is in danger (No surprise there).
Eric Bana plays Nero, a Romulan hell-bent on causing chaos and thirsty
for revenge. He is a worthy adversary despite talking in an unlikely
North American accent! This has to be seen on the big screen, the money
is all up there, the special effects are amazing and for once Star
Trek is genuinely exciting and the thrill ride it always promised
to be but never quite managed to deliver before.
This film shows that the franchise is in safe hands and will Live
long and prosper!
© Dan Cann May 12 2009
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