The story of how James T. Kirk came to be captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, is ‘Star Trek’ out of this world or is it just a load of space junk?
After his father dies at the hand of the Romulan Nero (Eric Bana), the brash and reckless James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) applies into the Starfleet Academy to follow in his father’s footsteps. Then, Nero returns, claiming that he will destroy every planet in the Federation as revenge for the destruction of his own.
I’ve never really been a fan of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise as a whole and wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this modern reboot of the story. I was happily surprised when I found that I really quite liked ‘Star Trek’ and enjoyed it quite a bit. Visually, this film is spectacular. Right from the get-go, we see a giant space fight with lasers and torpedoes backing and frothing between the ships. The CGI and special effects were just brilliant in this film and really immerse the viewer in the story.
The story is a bit confusing, but by the end most things are cleared up. I felt that this film dealt with the idea of time-travel quite well and explained it in an understandable manner. The first ten minutes are quite perplexing as the story seems to jump through time but without any clear annotations that it is happening, and similar sounding names of characters had me thinking ‘is this a flashback or is this the present?’. However, it was soon all resolved and I managed to piece together what was going on.
I think the villain – Nero – left something to be desired, however he wasn’t on-screen enough for me to really care. This film is all about Captain Kirk and his crew and how he came to be commander of the U.S.S Enterprise and follow in his father’s footsteps. And that story I really enjoyed and I can’t wait to watch the 2013 sequel ‘Into Darkness’ next.
Overall, I quite enjoyed ‘Star Trek’. It had amazing visuals and a good story, however a weak villain and not very clear editing and annotations mean I’ll have to give this film nine-out-of-ten.
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