Director: J.J.Abrams

Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, and Leonard Nimoy

Star Trek as a franchise was getting old and desperately needed revitalizing.  Thankfully, that’s exactly what director J.J. Abrams has provided. He has managed to do so in a manner, which will please the cinematic standards of current audiences. Tributes to the original films and TV series, ranging from offhanded references to exact lines of dialogue will please the Trekkies. It is as successful a reboot of the franchise as anyone could have asked for, and it opens up a plethora of possibilities for the future.

James Tiberius Kirk (Pine) is persuaded to join Starfleet after a chance meeting with Captain Christopher Pike (Greenwood) of the new starship USS Enterprise. Meanwhile, the half-human, half-Vulcan Spock (Quinto) is trying to find his path between human ways and Vulcan values. Kirk and Spock both end up on the bridge of the Enterprise with other crewmembers. They are joined in time by engineer Scotty (Pegg) and a visitor from the future, Spock Prime (Nimoy). Then emerges a tremendous Romulan mining ship from 150 years in the future.  The pilot, Nero is here to exact his revenge on one Mr. Spock, by forcing Spock to witness the destruction of his two worlds, Vulcan and Earth. This pushes the duo of Kirk and Spock to battle Nero before he initiates the irreversible destruction.

You are thrown in to the action head on with lasers, explosions and crashes. The plot unwinds with lots of technically superb action shots. Chris Pine very ably captures the essence of James T. Kirk without aping the legendary Will Shatner. Zachary Quinto looks impressive as Spock and plays the role with a darker shade than his predecessor. Even the rest of the new actors fill the shoes of the old cast impressively. The pick of the actors is Simon Pegg with his comedy amidst all the action. The most memorable scene in the film comes when Kirk takes over as the captain of the ship.

The time travel story of Star Trek is a prequel and a sequel to the other films in the series, which is brilliant. It creates a new timeline, but one that still recognizes the former feats of the Enterprise crew. This will please the Trekkies and will simultaneously allow outsiders to join in the action. All in all Star Trek is an action packed ride as it treads in a new direction without forgetting its roots. Watch it!

  1. Must watch, no matter which generation one is from.

    — @psam

  2. dharmeshG says:

    Plus, JJ Abrams’ direction is the icing on the cake!

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