REVIEW: ‘Star Trek’

Cast:
Chris Pine
Zachary Quinto
Leonard Nimoy
Eric Bana
Rated: PG-13

What a great way to kick off the summer movie season.

This reboot of the original “Star Trek” premise opens with the death of James T. Kirk’s (Pine) father at the hands of an unknown enemy. As a result, Kirk has grown up rather rebellious. Meanwhile on Vulcan, a young Spock (Quinto) is also finding a rebellious path in life.

The movie follows both characters’ journey to joining the Federation Star Fleet and how they become stationed on the USS Enterprise. Along for the ride are other members of the classic crew.

This reboot is practically perfect from start to finish. The juggling act it pulls off includes paying homage to the original, reintroducing all the characters, giving new arcs to keep things fresh and providing an exciting sci-fi adventure.

Director J.J. Abrams masterfully pulls this off. As the movie goes through its main plot of the Enterprise’s first mission, audiences get to see how all of the original crew get their positions as well as how Kirk and Spock become who they are.

Watching the characters evolve into their roles and the crew come together as a team made for an endearing picture, making it all the more compelling.

Part of what made this so good were the performances, especially from Quinto and Pine. The two have so much screen presence and a great chemistry with each other. Pine especially nails a balance between the rebellious nature of his character and his leadership qualities.

Credit has to go to the supporting cast, too. Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana all fit very naturally into their roles and no one feels out of place. Another solid performance was Eric Bana, who played a vicious, intense villain.

The special effects were another fantastic aspect. The USS Enterprise looked absolutely stunning. The ship is sleek inside and out and watching it fly through space and engage in combat is thrilling.

“Star Trek” is a perfect movie, working both as a smart sci-fi and an exciting blockbuster. The film delivers from beginning to end with very few flaws. This is a 5 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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