Mysterious red matter, snazzy space ships, and a whole lot of techno babble mark the new Star Trek that has Mr. Leonard Nimoy reprising his role as Spock, a role that spawned a cult following. The eleventh movie in the franchise starts off to show the origins of Spock and Captain James Kirk, including what ticked off the villainous Nero to destroy Federation ships and implode planets.
The movie starts with Captain James Kirk’s father sacrificing his life to save his people, including his infant son from Nero. The child (Pine) grows up to be a wild child until Captain Pike (Greenwood) gets his attention and convinces him to join the Starfleet Academy. It is here that he meets the half-human half-Vulcan Spock (Quinto) and other crew of USS Enterprise, including a 17-year old Russian math genius (Yelchin), a pessimistic medic (Urban), trained in hand-combat helmsman (Cho of Harold & Kumar fame), a communications officer (Saldanah) and a planet transporter (Pegg). After a few members bury their differences, the crew get together to defeat Nero who has begun annihilating Federated planets.
The reboot of the famed TV series in one single movie pretty much covers what Star Trek is all about. Fans will be delighted to acquaint themselves with the Vulcan salute, the revamped Enterprise, old characters in new avatars, etc. With Star Trek, director JJ Abrams has successfully struck a chord with the Hannah Montana and Matrix generation, probably giving rise to another generation of fans. If you want to get familiarized with the franchise this movie would be a good starting point.
The young ‘uns give the movie a fresh bold look. Chris Pine, Zoe Saldanah, John Cho and Eric Bana make ace replacements to the original crew, including Zachary Quinto as the ultra-disciplined and emotionless Spock.
Star Trek is more than just a sci-fi story and will go on to live long and prosper.