If you’ve been walking the Earth anytime since 1967, you probably have more than just a passing familiarity with Star Trek, the TeeVee show that spawned an entertainment cosmos, a galaxy of pop-culture icons and a solar system’s worth of spin-off merchandise.
Eleven movies have crashed the big screens. This one is called Star Trek, it about the crew of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise and its mission to “boldly go where no man has gone before.”
We meet the punk versions of commander-to-be James T. Kirk (a risk-taking, smooth-talking ladies’ man), the half-human, half-Vulcan Spock (wrestling with both sides of his conflicted personality), sexy space linguist Uhura, no-nonsense ship doc “Bones” McCoy, engineer “Scotty” Scott, navigator Chekov, helm officer Sulu and the other fresh-faced Star Fleet Academy grads.
The baddie is named Nero
I liked the players, especially Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto (best known as the villain Syler from TV’s “Heroes”) as Kirk and Spock. Both acted like they had never seen a Star Trek which brought new angles and personality traits.
I loved that Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock, is in the movie and has an important role in story continuity of Star Trek past, present and future.
Winona Rider has one line? Fire your agent Winona.
Star Trek” fans will love this flick, which salutes the rich history of the franchise while avoiding any hint of hokey, by-the-book starch. But it non-Trekkies, night like it too because it’s all action, with some humor and irreverence tossed in.