Monday, May 13, 2013

Movie of the Week – Star Trek

This week’s movie: Star Trek (2009).

The sci-fi action adventure sees the coming together of the crew of the Enterprise, Starfleet’s flagship. On their first mission, they encounter the most dangerous of threats when a Romulan, having just seen his world destroyed, time-travels into the past bent of eradicating the Federation one planet at a time in revenge for them failing to save Romulus.

Director J.J. Abrams helms the film, resurrecting the Star Trek franchise from the lull it occupied for almost a decade. Basically, he took a franchise that had appealed to a niche and ramped up the action and the pacing creating something that would appeal to everyone (though, this has left some hardcore Trek fans upset, as these things always do). Abrams brings along his frequent collaborators as well – Michael Giacchino provides a fantastic score, Daniel Mindel’s photography rejuvenates the look of the franchise, and Scott Chambliss’s production design is pitch perfect.

Casting the film must have been a very difficult undertaking with Kirk and Spoke having such iconic portrayals by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy respectively. That said, the cast is wonderfully suited to their roles. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin star as the crew of the Enterprise. Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Morrison, Rachel Nichols, Faran Tahir, and Clifton Collins Jr. feature in support.

The film Star Trek: Nemesis and the series Star Trek: Enterprise had essentially brought the Star Trek franchise to an end in terms of popularity and marketability to the masses. But, Abrams’s reboot changed all that. The upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness is one of the most anticipated summer blockbusters (probably in the top three with Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel). While this film is not what Star Trek use to be, it is incredibly fun and exciting, which is what a blockbuster movie should be. It is a must-see for fans of action/adventure oriented sci-fi.

Trailer: Here
Available on: Blu-ray and Streaming

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