Review: Star Trek
Star Trek is a spectacle of a movie. J.J. Abrams obviously comes from the school that bigger, faster and brighter is better. The story sprawls time and space. The ships are massive and beautifully animated. The cameras are constantly sweeping, weaving and zooming. The strikingly vivid colors cause lens flare to streak the camera. And extreme longs shots are employed just to show how incredibly fucking large everything within the Star Trek galaxy is. Is Star Trek sensory overload? Yes. Is it a pure, adrenaline-filled joyride? Hell yeah.
The film follows a young James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto). Kirk is a highly intelligent, prodigious shitkicker that has lived under the shadow of his deceased, Starfleet captain dad. He is a heavy drinker and fighter whose behavior seems like an attempt to avoid continuing the legacy set by his heroic father. Spock, on the other hand, is a highly adept, logical-thinking lieutenant that has lived with shame and ostracization because of his mixed human/Vulcan heritage. Kirk and Spock’s fates converge in the Starfleet Academy when Kirk cheats on an impassable exam that Spock designed to teach the lesson that even captains cannot win all of the time. Animosity develops between the two, but the pair eventually need to put aside their personal differences and internal problems when the galaxy is threatened by a mining crew of malevolent Romulans. The crew of Romulans, who traveled back from the future through a black hole, are hell-bent on destroying the Federation’s nebula planet-by-planet because of their hatred of a perceived perpetrator that allowed their home-planet, Romulus, to be destroyed during a supernova.
While Star Trek does have its faults ( genre cliches, and as some people have complained, the one-dimensionality of the evil Romulans) Abram’s tight pacing quickly glosses over such issues. The viewers become so engrossed in the extravaganza that such minor points become mere minutiae. If you want a film that is unapologetically huge and spectacular, watch Star Trek. And if you want a movie that shows off the full capabilities of your new 50-inch HD television and Blu-ray player, definitely watch Star Trek.