Star Trek XI (2009)

 

Both a prequel and a reboot, Star Trek introduces us to James T. Kirk (Chris Pine of The Princess Diaries 2), a sharp but aimless young man who’s prodded by a Starfleet captain, Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), to enlist and make a difference. At the Academy, Kirk runs afoul of a Vulcan commander named Spock (Zachary Quinto of Heroes), but their conflict has to take a back seat when Starfleet, including its new ship, the Enterprise, has to answer an emergency call from Vulcan. What follows is a stirring tale of genocide and revenge launched by a Romulan (Eric Bana) with a particular interest in Spock, and we get to see the familiar crew come together, including McCoy (Karl Urban), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho), Chekhov (Anton Yelchin), and Scottie (Simon Pegg).

Simply stunning. Utterly brilliant. Funny, moving, thrilling and much closer to the essence of Star Trek than any of the modern versions have been.

Its hard to find fault with this film, it has everything it should with a splash of extra pace. The characters are all just as you would imagine they should be, especially Chris pine who I am now convinced is a younger William Shatner brought to the present time with some secret time travel machine. In fact all the characters are well chosen even though Simon Pegg is a bit harder to slot into the Scottie role purely because we are used to seeing him play himself in his other films. Still the silly accent helps a little.

The return of humour and banishing of political correctness gone too far is really refreshing and is always the way Trek was supposed to be. Many thanks to J. J. Abrams for bringing Star Trek back to life, at last I can watch it again, without cringing. Now let’s keep going and abolish all those shit versions from re-runs and shop shelves! No more Next Gen, Voyager, DS9 or Enterprise, ban them all! Burn them right now. Everybody shameful enough to have bought copies run into the street and set fire to them right now!

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