'Star Trek' is rebooted and reimagined and it is absolutely awesome.
"Your father was a starship captain for 12 minutes. He saved 800 lives, including your mother's and yours. I dare you to do better."
I confess I did have doubts about this film but 'Star Trek' was absolutely amazing. It is clearly stated that this movie (and any sequels) take place in an alternate universe from the tv shows and the huge convoluted book series' and that's just fine. I wouldn't mind reading books based on the AU of this movie. Anyway the film begins when an angry Romulan named Nero (Eric Bana of 'The Other Boleyn Girl') flies his huge ship out of a black hole and encounters the USS Kelvin which he promptly attacks. First Officer George Kirk takes command and saves the lives of the crew at the cost of his own. During the destruction, James T Kirk is born.
As a bratty kid, Kirk steals cars, crashes them and smartmouths the police. On Vulcan, the young hybrid Spock is subjected to racism which his father (Ben Cross of 'Turbulence' and 'Dark Shadows') and mother (Winona Ryder of 'Heathers') tell him to ignore and to make his own path. The sight of pompous Vulcan kids calling Spock's beloved mother a whore provokes him to beat them up. Spock is full of rage which is why he eventually joins Starfleet and not the Vulcan Science Academy.
Kirk's path to Starfleet academy is somewhat different, he gets in a barfight with an entire squad of Starfleet cadets until Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood of 'Nowhere Man') uses his dignity and gravitas to talk Kirk and his bad skin into signing up. On the transport to the academy, Kirk sits next to Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban of 'Xena: Warrior Princess' and 'Doom') and they become friends. Three years pass, Kirk tries to romance Uhura and her Orion roommate and fails. Then he cheats the Kobayashi Maru test and wins, thus earning the ire of Spock. It is hate at first sight between the two of them.
Then the cadets are summoned to a crisis on Vulcan, it seems Nero is back and he hasn't a day in the 20 plus years since he was last seen (a fact which is never explained). Nero has a plan which he is enacting to terrible effect and it is up to the crew of the USS Enterprise to stop him.
Cue impressive space battles, Nero acting insane, Spock and Kirk doing 'Amok Time', Sulu showing off his retractable fencing sword, Chekov being competent, McCoy calling Spock a "Green blooded hobgoblin", someone being written out of the franchise by being literally dropped off a cliff, Scotty mugging furiously, Kirk running away from what looks like the 'Cloverfield' monster and coming across an older version of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in a cave who tells him: "I am and always have been your friend." Aaaawwwww.
This was a wonderful film, the SFX and tech were excellent. The sight of future peaceful Earth that has interstellar travel is hopeful. The future Earth with gleaming metropolis', spaceships and aliens a common sight was a nice sight. The arid Vulcan with its desert and ancient culture was also impressive.
Long-time Trek fans can catch all the little nuances and mixing of the mythology: Uhura ordering Cardassian sunrises in a bar, an Orion at the Academy, the mention of Klingons and Romulans' appearance and connection to Vulcans being common knowledge.
This was a fantastic film and I hope there are sequels. This film can't be recommended highly enough.