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Star Trek (12A)

PUBLISHED: 16:54 03 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:33 24 August 2010

by Alex Wellman www.startrekmovie.com Forget the nerd-filled conventions where middle-aged men dressed in green, brown and blue discuss the reality of a warp drive or photon torped

by Alex Wellman

www.startrekmovie.com

Forget the nerd-filled conventions where middle-aged men dressed in green, brown and blue discuss the reality of a warp drive or photon torpedo, Star Trek has finally embraced the masses.

And what an embrace it is.

When first announced a few years ago, there was much head scratching on the side of the fanboy and the average cinema goer over a remake of Star Trek.

What on earth was JJ Abrams, the man behind such pulse-racers as Mission Impossible III and Cloverfield doing with the pipe and slippers of Gene Roddenberry's cult TV show.

After two hours or so of intergalactic battles, good old fashioned punch-ups and the odd cracking gag, the 11th film in the franchise not only answers this question in spades but also brings a franchise back from the dead.

Set before the first series, Star Trek introduces us to James T. Kirk as he is born on a spaceship which is under attack from an alien race known as Romulans.

While the infant and his mother escape, Kirk's father dies saving the entire crew.

Fast forward a few years and we find the young Jim Kirk propping up a bar with a beer where he manages to get himself embroiled in a brawl with a number of Starfleet personnel.

When an officer, who was a friend of Kirk's father, breaks up the fight and invites the young man to join him, his fate is sealed.

Essentially this is the story of how those characters we all know so well became who they are.

For those in the know it will be a delight to see the young Spock battle with his human feelings in early life before going on to succeed wildly in Starfleet.

As it will the fans of the stunning and sexy Uhura, who for the first time is given a Christian name but still has all the knowledge in the world.

Action is well shot and much more fast passed than previous plodding Trek films and has shown George Lucas exactly where he went wrong with the tiresome Star Wars pre-quels.

Standouts are Zachary Quinto as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty and Chris Pine as Captain (to be) Kirk and there are enough nods, winks and quotes of the past to placate real fans.

Gripes? Just one really, the main villain, Eric Bana, is given little or no screen time and no scope to build up the requisite ire of the audience.

That said, this Star Trek has boldy gone where no Star Trek film has gone before and we are all better for it.

Rating: 4/5 stars

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk


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