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Star Trek ReviewTuesday, May 19, 2009 By By Thomas Borkowski
Star Trek fans behold, the summer movie you have been waiting for has arrived! The new movie directed by J.J Abrams is a fun and thrilling ride as it warps you from one planet to another. Those with no prior knowledge of the Star Trek universe should not worry because Abrams does a good job of filling in the viewer on the cast and story. Star Trek fans will be pleased to know that the movie does not stray too far from its roots, and new fans of the series will still find it an action packed, well-put-together film for the whole family to enjoy. Star Trek fans will go crazy for this film, and new fans to the series will still enjoy it without becoming confused or lost in the spectacular story. Star Trek follows the life of Captain James T. Kirk, played by Chris Pine , who starts off as a young and carefree farm boy from Iowa. He later becomes Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise. His rival Spock , played by Zachary Quinto , is a young Vulcan genius struggling to hold back his human emotions. From the start, the pair hate each other as they find themselves competing against each other to see who is superior. The couple is quickly faced with the films antagonist, Nero, the Romulan warlord. Like most sci-fi movies, Nero is out to control the universe and all species, whether it be human or alien, so they must obey his every command. Visually, the movie is stunning. Abrams does a good job of using the special effects to his advantage, as the first ten minutes suck you in as ships are being destroyed and flying saucers are racing around shooting at the starship. Not only are the space effects nice to look at, but when Kirk and his crew travel to save Romulus, the Romulan home planet, just the atmosphere of the planet is absolutely breath taking. Kirk and Spock, as much as they hate each other, are teamed up to fight against Nero and his plot to destroy Earth using a powerful drill. The duo share some very funny lines in the movie as Spock tries not to show emotion as Kirk is continuously making him mad. The two add a sense of humor to lighten up the situation that is at hand. What makes Star Trek such a hit is that not only is it a very good action/adventure movie, but it stays true to its roots and does not try to do anything different like the past Star Trek movies. The only noticeable downside to the movie is the plot, only because it takes some time for the story to actually get going, but that is only a minor problem. Although the characters in the movie are not played by the original William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy , the new actor’s roles are spot-on to represent the old Kirk and Spock. Star Trek will please even the most hardcore Trekkie fans and will still be able to be enjoyed by new fans alike.