Star Trek (2009) – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… Star Trek (2009)
Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Her on-going mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilisations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Star Trek, it does not matter if you have seen the series. You have heard of it. The franchise is inescapable. Even though it had its final season years ago, it still gets heavily referenced in modern day pop-culture. And then, out of the blue, it was announced that it would get a movie reboot. Now that is boldly going where no on has gone before.

The Plot
In 2233 the USS Kelvin is ordered by Starfleet to investigate a mysterious singularity. It turns out that a Romulan ship, commanded by Captain Nero, got sucked into a black hole in 2387 and was emerging in this timeline. A battle initiates and it quickly becomes apparent that the USS Kelvin is greatly outmatched. Temporary captain George Kirk orders the crew to escape via emergency pods, this includes his pregnant wife Winona. George sacrifices his life by remaining at the helm of the ship to cover for the escaping pods.

Twenty-five years later James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), the son of George, is in his third year of Starfleet Academy when a distress call from the planet Vulcan comes in. He sneaks on the Starship USS Enterprise to join their mission when he suddenly realises that the circumstances around the distress call are nearly identical to what happened when his father died. He tells the captain about this and in turn saves everyone’s lives.

The USS Enterprise survives, but this cannot be said about planet Vulcan. Nero destroys the planet and heads for his next target: Earth.

Should I Watch It?
Be prepared for lots of director J.J. Abrams signature use of lens flares. Making things shiny is his way of showing that things are futuristic. And it works. Star Trek looks amazing. The visuals are stunning and the Starship is really a Starship. Not only in looks but also in size. There are many scenes where characters are running from one room into another and it really looks as if it were a real ship.

The story is not only about Nero trying to murder all the planets. The rivalry and friendship between James Kirk and Spock (Zachary Quinto) is also a prominent part of the story. The two start of on opposite ends, but through each other’s actions learn to respect each other. The characters are played well and compliment each other nicely. Chris Pine is brash but likeable, and I simply cannot imagine Zachary Quinto not playing a modern iteration of Spock.

The introduction of some of the characters is done really well, but not everyone gets the red carpet treatment. In basically one scene, all missing series regulars are assigned to their position due to the sickness, death, or incompetence of the original nameless crew members. To me this felt really forced and came across as childish way of introducing characters. Especially since it would have been just as easy to have these characters already own their respective station.

J.J. Abrams has transformed Star Trek into a fast-paced, action-packed, and comical space adventure. It is easily accessible and fun to watch. As with everything as beloved as Star Trek, it will not please every die-hard fan, but I truly enjoyed this movie and would definitely recommend it.

Yes, watch it.

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