The series “reboot” looks at the origins
of Capt. James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock and the
rest of USS Enterprise’s crew.
By M. Scott Morris
Ladies and gentlemen, space is the final frontier … again.
If you know that I cribbed from old “Star Trek” television shows and movies for that first sentence, then you’ve got no excuse for missing the new “Star Trek.”
If you’re not a “Star Trek” fan, you may become one after watching the best of 2009’s early summer blockbusters.
This “Star Trek” starts with the birth of James T. Kirk while his mother is escaping on a space shuttle after a surprise attack. Kirk’s father sacrifices himself to save hundreds of crew members, as well as his wife and newborn child. This is a departure from past “Star Trek” TV shows and movies, where Kirk grew up with his father.
Nero (Eric Bana) has traveled from the future to exact revenge on the people who let his home world be destroyed. His trip through time creates an alternate reality to the “Star Trek” universe fans know.
I’m sorry if that sounds confusing because it makes perfect sense in the movie. That little storytelling trick helps ratchet up the tension. Since we’re watching a new reality, we have no guarantee that any of the USS Enterprise’s crew survives.
If you’re new to “Star Trek,” Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), “Bones” (Karl Ubran), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) are simply new characters taking you on a roller coaster ride through outer space.
If you’re a fan, you’ll be looking for traces of well-known personalities in these younger versions of the USS Enterprise’s crew.
Pine does an admirable job of channeling the original Kirk, William Shatner, without falling into parody. And Quinto’s Spock has already won praise from “Spock Prime,” Leonard Nimoy.
Director J.J. Abrams and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman play with familiar elements and create something new. Good for them, and good for us.
I give “Star Trek” an A plus. (During Tuesday’s radio review on Wizard 106.7, I gave it an A. But as I wrote this review, I realized how much fun I had.)
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel in New Albany.
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