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Sunday, 12 May 2013

STAR TREK (2009)

 
Uh, guys... is that Mr. Spock doing hip-swinging dance on the bed?

Vibrant and emotionally engaging, this long-awaited STAR TREK reboot hits warp speed as one of the most exciting summer movies of the year.

Just when you thought STAR TREK franchise is as good as dead (especially with the lackluster final movie episode of 2002's STAR TREK: NEMESIS), director J.J. Abrams comes to the rescue with an energetic reboot of STAR TREK that appeals both Trekkies and casual sci-fi fans.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

The movie begins with a brief prologue of First Officer George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth) who is immediately promoted to captain of USS Kelvin during a space battle against a Romulan ship lead by Nero (Eric Bana). He ends up sacrificing himself while his crew along his pregnant wife are ordered to abandon ship. Minutes before he dies, he discovers his pregnant wife has successfully gone into labor and names their little baby boy as James T. Kirk.

Fast forward to a few years later, Kirk (Chris Pine) is now a grown-up young adult with lots of attitude problem. One night he is approached by Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) who sees the potential of the rebellious Kirk to become a Federation captain one day. Kirk accepts his offer and vows to fulfill his goal within a short period of time. Upon graduating, he subsequently finds himself aboard USS Enterprise with fellow crew members including First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto), best buddy Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban), Communications Officer Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Helmsman Sulu (John Cho) and Navigator Chekov (Anton Yelchin) for their first mission together which is coincidentally involved Nero.

THE GOOD STUFF
 
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci's screenplay is both witty and entertaining. J.J. Abrams' direction is vivid and he certainly knows what makes STAR TREK series such an enduring decades-long franchise at the first place. All the talented young cast are especially top-notch -- with Chris Pine certainly proves his worth from being more than just a pretty boy in his engaging performance as the reckless Kirk. Zachary Quinto, who bears the resemblance of the iconic Leonard Nimoy, is spot-on excellent as the young and intelligent Spock. Not only that, both Pine and Quinto share great buddy chemistry together. Karl Urban and Simon Pegg, who plays Engineer Scotty, are hilarious enough with their fair share of genuine comic moments, while Zoe Saldana is suitably foxy as Uhura. And for Trekkies, they will be rejoiced to see Leonard Nimoy himself making a brief but memorable cameo as the old Spock.

THE BAD STUFF
  
As a primary villain Nero, Eric Bana's snarling performance is disappointingly weak. It's quite a shame that his character is underdeveloped. Then there's the action sequences -- which are mostly framed in tight and frantic cameraworks you almost thought that J.J. Abrams is aping Michael Bay's filmmaking style. The climactic finale is somewhat lackluster.

FINAL WORDS

Don't you all know who I am? I used to be Hulk!

Despite some of its flaws, STAR TREK remains an irresistible sci-fi movie extravaganza to watch for.

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