This film I didn’t go see at the cinema (In hindsight: a bad decision), mainly because even though I do love the sci-fi genre I’m not a fan of the Star Trek / Babalon 5 / Deepspace 9 franchises. After a lot of recommendations I bought it on Blu Ray (it was on Sale at Amazon, I thought why not!) and was very pleasantly surprised.
Thankfully it doesn’t need any knowledge of the series it’s obviously built on, so a plus there. The timeline throughout the film is a bit screwy (technical term) due to time travel, but if you can fathom that out (or just ignore it), then film doesn’t push the boundaries of sci-fi.
Star Trek is mainly a film of friendships developing between the characters and a few leadership quarrels. There are some very sad scenes involving sacrifices and loss of loved ones, something that sci-fi general doesn’t do too much (or too well). This mixed together with some stunning space scenes, a handful of comical moments and some great acting makes for a wonderful film.
Both the lead actors, Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) put in some of the best performances I’ve seen. Pine’s life and goals conflict heavily with the Starfleets methods, while Spock is heavily confused and criticised for being half-Vulcan / half-Human.
I would definitely recommend watching it even if you’re not a sci-fi fan, just pretend it doesn’t have the words Star Trek on the front and you’ll probably overcome half your hurdles.
(You may have to work hard to remember Quinto isn’t playing Sylar from Heroes – a roll that fired him into the limelight)
It’s also just twigged in my slow caffeine deprived brain where I’ve seen John Cho (who plays Sulu) – he played one of the main characters in the TV sci-fi show FlashForward before it was regrettably dropped by the networks.
Star Trek is a great film by J.J. Abrams and contains a truly fine cast who put in supreme performances. I can’t wait for the next film, Star Trek into Darkness, slated for a mid-May release staring the talented Benedict Cumberbatch as the bad guy!