As a non-Trekkie I was not rushing out to see this film, but when I heard all the positive word of mouth about it and the fact that I love director J.J. Abrams work I broke down. After seeing the film I am still not a fan of the series and am thinking that maybe I should have gone without being pumped up by other people's ravings. Maybe that is the danger of reviews….hmmm….
It is the year 2233 and an evil and mentally unstable Romulan named Nero (Eric Bana – The Other Boleyn Girl, Hulk) is trying to wreak vengeance on the Federation. He lures the Enterprise into his clutches, damages the ship and take the Captain hostage. While all this panic and chaos is going on newly appointed Captain George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth – from television's Home and Away) is dealing with a wife (Jennifer Morrison – from television's House) that is about to give birth and trying to save his ship. While he is not able to save the ship; he makes the ultimate sacrifice (his life) to save that of his wife, son and much of his crew.
James T. Kirk (Chris Pine – Smokin' Aces, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement) is a wild child from the beginning. While in a bar fight, he catches the eye of Starship Enterprise Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood – I'm Not There, National Treasure: Book of Secrets), who suggests that he join the Federation training facility. After hearing that his father was a hero saving 800 lives in his 12 minutes as Captain, Kirk is inspired to follow in his father's footsteps.
At the same time a young half Vulcan, half human is growing up on the planet Vulcan and learning the Vulcan ways. Realizing that he will never be fully accepted as a Vulcan, Spock (Zachary Quinto – from television's Heroes) decides to join Starfleet.
After they meet and butt heads at Starfleet, Kirk and Spock have to put their differences aside when all cadets are needed to support Starfleet's rescue attempts of the planet Vulcan. Kirk, who has snuck onto the Enterprise with Dr. McKoy's (Karl Urban – Doom, The Bourne Supremacy) help, realizes that this is very similar to the experience his father went through. He tells Captain Pike that is must be Nero and his rogue band of Romulans again.
It is déjà vu when Captain Pike is taken on to the Romulan ship and Spock is left as Captain. Spock and Kirk butt heads again over strategy and Spock makes the decision to dump Kirk onto an ice-covered planet. There Kirk meets the Spock of the future and figures out what the Romulans are attempting. He has to try and get back to the Enterprise, with the help of engineer Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg – Run Fatboy Run, Hot Fuzz), and warn the others.
The backstory of the Enterprise is wonderful and a nice addition to Star Trek series. It starts off as energetic and fun, but then gets bogged down a bit. The tired Sci Fi clichés about time travel and the like are pulled out and brings all the energy down to a crashing halt. The story gets a little messy at the point where there are two Spocks (not very logical in my books) and some scenes make me think that Abrams (Mission: Impossible III) is just trying to squeeze in some special effects. Tsk, tsk!
I also have to say that the cinematography was quite disappointing for a big budget action film. Some of the angles were odd and distracting. I won't even go into some of the so-fast-its-blurry editing. Even some of the scenes of the ship and such were quite fake looking.
Now, the film is still worth a watch, but it certainly does not go boldly into strange, new territory – as I had hoped.