Star Trek… An Opinion My Reviews 20 MAY 2009

Star TrekThe future begins.

One grew up in the cornfields of Iowa, fighting for his independence, for a way out of a life that promised only indifference, aimlessness, and obscurity.

The other grew up on the jagged cliffs of the harsh Vulcan desert, fighting for acceptance, for a way to reconcile the logic he was taught with the emotions he felt.

In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution of the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world.

Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities, must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.

Before I say anything, you must understand that I am not a fan of the Star Trek franchise, simply because I don’t really enjoy space dramas all that much. But I do like what they’ve done with this latest movie in the long running exploration of the final frontier.

Quite simply, J.J. Abrams has managed in a single stroke of brilliance to reignite what was quite frankly a flagging franchise, open it up to a whole new, younger audience, and at the same time do it in a manner that still pays the utmost homage to what has come before and thereby keep even the most hardened of old-time fanboys happy.

Truly a fantastic piece of work that combines some absolutely stellar special effects with a young, vibrant cast that capture the feel of the original but manage to add that contemporary, adrenaline-filled edge that is all so important in making it big at the box office these days.

In short, I liked it. I loved all the references to the past, I loved what was presented on screen, I love the fact that by creating an ‘alternative’ universe to play in we’re most definitely going to get more of this movies and most importantly, I simply loved that the actual story itself had enough depth and meaning in it to actually make it a worthwhile watch!

If you aren’t a Star Trek fan simply due to not liking what has come before, do yourself a favour and go and watch this movie. Quite simply it is like nothing and at the same time everything that has come before. It really is that much of a stroke of film-making and writing genius! :)

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.