Saturday, 28 February 2015

Star Trek (12) | Film Review

Star Trek, dir. J. J. Abrams, wr. Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, st. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, John Cho, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Winona Ryder, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy

A reboot, a reimagining, a remake, call it what you will, Abrams' 2009 homage to the beloved Star Trek television franchise and slightly less universally adulated film series begins with surprising emotional heft, as George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth), James T's Father ensures the survival of his wife (Jennifer Morrison), child and crew by nobly sacrificing himself to Romulan warlord Nero (Bana), who's come back from the future to avenge the destruction of his homeworld. Such time-travelling antics have created a new timeline, so it's back to the drawing board for Kirk Jr. (Pine) and Spock (Quinto) as they attempt to navigate their way forward to the bromance we know and love, and perhaps save the Earth while they're at it. Abrams' talent, not always operating under full warp admittedly, here lies in knowing exactly when to busy the screen with o'er-lens-flared action and exposition, and when to pull back and allow some humour into the mix, and the ensemble cast admirably and authentically ape their original namesakes in both tone and manner. Abrams even finds a way to weave the late, great Leonard Nimoy into the narrative; Spock Sr.'s storyline - to ensure the sustention of one of Sci-Fi's great partnerships - is even more touching following his untimely passing. Of all the reboots, reimaginings, and remakes that alienate and actively annoy then, Star Trek is one of the most... human.