2 hour, 6 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for sci-fi action and violence, and brief sexual content.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Nine deleted scenes: Featuring young Kirk and Spock, Klingons and more of the green girls; Behind-the-scenes featurettes: ; A new vision; To boldly go; Casting; Aliens; Score; Gag reel; Filmmaker commentary; Star Trek D-A-C free game trial.
Chris Pine ... James T. Kirk
Zachary Quinto ... Spock
Leonard Nimoy ... Spock Prime
Eric Bana ... Nero
Bruce Greenwood ... Capt. Pike
Karl Urban ... Dr. McCoy
Zoe Saldana ... Nyota Uhura
Simon Pegg ... Scotty
John Cho ... Sulu
Anton Yelchin ... Chekov
Ben Cross ... Sarek
Winona Ryder ... Amanda Grayson
|In this new and improved version of the popular television series, w first meet James Tiberius Kirk (Chris Pine "Bottle Shock") and Spock (Zachary Quinto - TV's "Heroes") when they are growing up on two different
worlds. We see their childhood in
snapshots: Kirk is human and rebellious. Spock is repressed and angry. They don’t meet until they’re both in training at
the Starfleet Academy. When Kirk is told it will take him four years to complete his preparation, he announces, “I’ll do it in three.” Then, determined to keep his word, he cheats on a test designed by Spock to learn how students will
react when faced with certain defeat. Spock,
though he’d never admit it, also doesn’t like to be defeated and instantly
dislikes the man who found a way to outsmart him. Their fates are of
course, immediately, and irrevocably, intertwined.
An emergency occurs, requiring the Starfleet ships to travel to the
planet Vulcan. Since most of the fleet is out on maneuvers, they are forced to send whatever starships they have left to go on the mission. Both Spock and Kirk end up on the Enterprise, and they're off into space, with an experienced
officer named Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood "Thirteen Days"), in command. He ends up
being taken prisoner by a scary Romulan named Nero (Eric Bana "Munich") , who is
bent on destroying all the planets in the federation including
Earth. The rest of the film rockets along at a
frantic pace showing Kirk and Spock out to rescue
Pike and save the world.
Director J. J. Abrams ("Mission Impossible 3") refuses to ever let the film take a breath and most of the time this
works brilliantly. Although occasionally things move too fast. Still, this is a fantastically
entertaining film, And fans will be delighted to see how perfectly Chris Pine
captures the essence of the brash, younger, James T. Kirk, and there's a
pitch-perfect performance by Karl Urban ("The Bourne Supremacy") as the cranky, complaining Leonard “Bones” McCoy, while John Cho ("Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle") as Sulu, Anton Yelchin ("Charlie Bartlett") as the 17-year old Russian brain Chekov and Simon Pegg ("Hot Fuzz") as Scotty, excellently portray members of the crew we remember so well. Zachary Quinto may have the toughest job,
playing a Spock in the same film as the original (Leonard Nimoy), but he provides an interesting
comparison between their characters. Everybody gets their moment, and in an expanded role, Zoe Saldana ("Vantage Point") as Uhura is a welcome presence as the one woman on board.
This Star Trek is a perfect blend of humor, romance and spectacular action sequences as it blasts along at warp speed, and the kids take over the Starship Enterprise. It also leaves us anxiously waiting to see the further adventures of this attractive crew, and surely in years to come, we will.