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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

#227 - 'Star Trek' (2009)

"If you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." - Spock.
Whilst investigating a storm in space, The USS Kelvin is attacked by a Romulan ship whose inhabitants are searching for Ambassador Spock. Commander George Kirk evacuates everyone on the Kelvin, including his heavily pregnant wife Winona, whilst leading the Kelvin directly into the Romulan ship. Just before he completes his one-way mission, Winona gives birth to their son - James T. Kirk. Fast forward twenty five years and James is persuaded to enlist in Starfleet Academy, by Captain Christopher Pike. Meanwhile, a young Spock is invited to join the Vulcan Science Academy but decides against it after learning that they conisder his half-human parentage a disadvantage. He instead joins Starfleet. Three years later and a distress signal from Vulcan is picked up. Kirk realises that there is a similarity with the signal and the one that caused the death of his father. Can he convince Captain Pike that it may be a trap?
Commander George 'Thor' Kirk aboard the USS Kelvin.
I have never seen an episode of Star Trek and the only knowledge I had were a few character names and references from other programmes. With this in mind, I wasn't sure whether I'd understand or enjoy the film. The first time I saw it was only a few months ago, so watching it again for this challenge so soon  can only  be a good thing - because it's great! It doesn't matter that I know nothing about past Trek movies/series because this film can stand alone. I'm sure there are references aplenty for die-hard and casual Trek fans and  they would have flown over my head. Chris Pine as James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock were exceptional in their lead roles.
Spock and Kirk.
The supporting cast is strong and each bring their own dynamic to the crew of the Enterprise. Karl Urban as the doctor Leonard McCoy was funny and had some good moments, particularly "Dammit, man! I'm a doctor, not a physicist!" and the cheesy "Are you out of your Vulcan mind?" - must admit I did cringe a bit at that line. I also liked Anton Yelchin as the Russian, Checkov, who provided quite a few laughs.  And of course, who else could play Spock Prime other than Leonard Nimoy himself. Even though you have to wait a while for him to appear, Simon Pegg's Scotty is brilliant. I'm a big Pegg fan anyway, but his impact on the third act of the film was superb. 
You've got red on you.
So, don't be put off watching if you're not a Trekkie because you'd be missing out on an enjoyable two hours of film. There is a great cast and the visual effects look great. (No lens flare jokes please).

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1 comment:

  1. The doctor's quips are "inside" one-liners that are, basically, "odes" to die hard Trek fans. Not cheesy at all if you are a fan. If you watched with a Trekkie, you'd get a giggle at each famous one-liner from the doc -- and there were quite a few of them peppered through the movie. "I'm a doctor, not a ____ (engineer, mechanic, etc.)" and references to Spock's green blood and to his ears "pointed eared hobgoblin;" "Pointed eared Vulcan".

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