Star Trek (2008)

Star Date, May 7, 2008

Set phasers to stunning, “Star Trek” may just be the best time you’ll have at the movies this year. J.J. Abrams’s reinvention of the 43 year old Sci Fi franchise boldly goes where no “Star Trek” has gone before, with an action packed, delightfully cheeky take on an old favorite.

This time the fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of two young cadets, born worlds apart: James Tiberius Kirk, a raw, unformed young man searching for his future, and Spock, from the planet Vulcan, an outcast due to his half-human background, the first of his kind accepted into the Starfleet Academy. The two rivals, one driven by fiery passion, the other by rigorous logic, must join forces to battle the evil Romulans, led by Captain Nero (Eric Bana “Munich.”)

Kirk and Spock could not be more different. Yet, in their quest to figure out who they really are and what they have to give to the world, they soon become competitive cadets-in-training. With their drastically opposite styles, they also become defiant, contentious adversaries, each equally unimpressed with the other, each going all out to be among the special few chosen to join the crew of the most advanced starship ever created, the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Is there any doubt these two will boldly go where no one has gone before?

Well cast, Chris Pine is the brash, young James T. Kirk, a rebellious, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy in search of a cause; (“Heroes’ über villain, Zachary Quinto as Spock, whose calm Vulcan exterior belies a passionate human nature simmering beneath the surface; Karl Urban (a doppelganger for Deforest Kelley) as Leonard “Bones” McCoy, and the very funny Simon Pegg, as Chief Engineer “Scotty” Scott. As a tip of the hat to the original cast, Leonard Nimoy plays the older Spock, and the late Majel Barrett Roddenberry is the “voice” of the Enterprise computer.

A far cry from the campy 1966 TV Show, which had cardboard buttons and panels on the set of the bridge, the new blockbuster film reflects every dime of its $150 million budget. A rollicking thrill ride for newcomers to Star Trek, yet satisfying to hard-core “Trekies”, there is no doubt this brave new Star Trek will live long and prosper. (Running Time: 2 hr. 7 min. MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, and brief sexual content.)


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