Well, I’ve landed back home on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland, and it is at this time I can continue my previous writing about the World Premiere at the Sydney Opera House of J.J. Abram’s new film “Star Trek”. This is Part 2: The Movie.
Having described the surreal nature of the setting (in Part 1, below), I turn my attention
to the film itself.
The film in many ways matched the venue – unreal. You have doubtless heard or seen
other reviews (as I have) and they probably say the same thing: this is (in every sense
of the phrase) a second take on the Star Trek universe, from the beginning.
From the opening sequence, JJ Abrams asserts his authority in a plot twist which will
shake the very fabric of the Star Trek universe. In a sudden (plot) twist, the very
nature of the film becomes clear: this is a new Star Trek.
However, the opening sequence delivers more than just this "statement" – it also gives
us a taste of what is to come: action, drama, solid performances and an outstanding introduction to a new era.
Little by little we are introduced to the main characters, starting with Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Uhura as we briefly navigate their early lives including events at Starfleet Academy before hitting a plot crescendo which brings all the cast together – and to the starship Enterprise, NCC 1701!
This is a movie strong on character development, and each of the actors deliver brilliant performances – nothing less would be appropriate given the shoes each has to fill.
This is a movie with cutting edge special effects, but they serve more to frame the
storyline and characters rather than to be the show entirely.
Star Trek has always been tied to models and great visuals, so this is something which
we’ve come to expect from this groundbreaking franchise.
Since I do not intend to introduce spoilers in this review, I can only really say that the crew
of the USS Enterprise is brought full circle to face the film’s dark enemy, a Romulan by the
name of Nero who is portrayed by Australia’s own Eric Bana (who is not given nearly enough screen time in my humble opinion).
By now you’ve probably heard that the movie also features Leonard Nimoy – reprising his role as Mr (please, not Doctor) Spock. This is indeed true, however you may be surprised to learn that this is no token cameo role.
Leonard Nimoy’s Spock plays a pivotal role in the film, and in a way bridges the franchise from the original series to the new film version. He also has delivery of my most favourite line in the film..
Each actor holds their own with the roles we know so well. It would be unfair to single out
any specific actor.. but I have to say that Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto are simply outstanding amongst a group of very talented actors in a movie which is (perhaps a little surprisingly) carried by strong character development.
In summary, this film is likely to appeal to a wide audience including die hard Trekkies
and those new to the Star Trek universe. This is a must see film, even if you couldn’t
tell the difference between a Tribble and a Tholian!
Plot Keywords (may hint at spoilers)
- Starfleet Academy
- Kobayashi Maru
- George Kirk
- Captain Pike
- Red Shirt
- Pointy eared hobgoblin
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