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Reel time: Star Trek

Reney Warrington - 2009-06-03

Everyone expected the new Star Trek to stink as badly as all the other Star Trek films did. We were all so incredibly wrong. We should, in fact, apologise to all the Trekkies worldwide. Just because.

With the technology we have these days, it is almost a given that action films will have incredible, gob-smacking special effects/CGI/animation. Unfortunately another given is that the incredible, gob-smacking special effects/CGI/animation normally overshadows other important elements such as storyline, character development, etc. Thankfully it is not the case with Star Trek.

JJ Abrahams (from TV’s Lost & Alias)keeps the action in check. He never overpowers the viewer with mindless explosions (even when a black hole devours a whole planet), unnecessary noise pollution or silly one-liners slap bang in the face of danger when the stars are about to be crushed to death or cut in half.

Abrahams fleshes out the origins of the two main characters, Kirk and Spock, by delving into their childhood and relationships with their parents. He also cements the start of their legendary friendship which will carry them through many future adventures.

On top of it all, the film has a lot of heart. I would go as far as to compare it with Slumdog Millionaire and run the risk of "never working in this town again". Both films were accessible and hugely entertaining but still had heart and a healthy dose of morals. I found the opening scene between Kirk and his father very powerful.

The biggest challenge for Abrahams was keeping the fanatical Trekkies happy, but also recruiting a new generation of "Star Fleeters". He managed this balancing act brilliantly.
I grew up with Star Trek and recognised the V-shaped greeting, the name and the shape of the USS Enterprise, the resemblances between the new and old cast, and famous lines such as "Beam me up, Scotty" and "To boldly go where no man has gone before".

Yet Abrahams made a film that stands on its own, apart from the franchise. A new generation of viewers can view and appreciate this film without having seen the TV series or any of the other movie spin-offs. In other words, the nostalgia and Trekkie references have a meaning of their own within this film.

The star of the film is undoubtedly Zachary Quinto, better known as the evil Sylar in the TV series Heroes, who plays baby Spock. His silent, evil demeanour in Heroes has been replaced by a silent wisdom in Star Trek. Either way, he scares me just a little.

This round of Star Trek leaves you with a sense that a great new adventure has just begun.