Directed by: J. J. Abrams
Written By: Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr 7 min
Mostly effective but suffers from trying to do too much. This film had to do several things. One, reboot the franchise. Two, not piss off the existing fans too much. Three, effectively install new actors into some pretty huge iconic shoes. Four, re-write Star Trek history without, see point two, and five, tell a compelling story. What is amazing about this film is that is does one to four pretty well, but then fails when it comes to the story. Interesting really because you’d think that would be the easiest one to get right. Oh well. The movie, while not making a whole lot of sense story wise, is very entertaining and looks fantastic. New actors mostly fill out there new roles okay. I’d say Karl Urban did the best job with Dr McCoy while Simon Pegg’s Scotty just didn’t work for me.
This movie works across the board really. People new to Star Trek, and the existing fans will find plenty to enjoy here. However, if you’re the kind of viewer that likes a well thought out plot, this isn’t going to work for you.
This is still something you should see on a big screen. It looks great and sounds great, and there are plenty of crowd pleasing moments.
Best Moment: << spoiler >>
The opening 10 minutes where Kirk’s father bravely sacrifices himself to save his ships crew, and his newborn son, is both exciting and really moving.
Jon Bruton’s two pence:
Impressive and aptly sci-fi way to reboot this long running and much loved franchise. It’s big, it’s brash and fun!