Star Trek is a formulaic look back at the original series, but the characters are given a bit more depth and background. The audience experiences how Captain Kirk and Ambassador Spock became such heroes in the first place. Their backgrounds are creative and exciting along with their relationship. Chris Pine (Rise of the Guardians, This Means War) and Zachary Quinto (Margin Call, Heroes) pick up their characters in a bold fashion as they replace the icons, William Shatner (Star Trek) and Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek). The rest of the cast is also very fitting ranging from Zoe Saldana (Avatar) to Karl Urban (Dredd) to Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) to John Cho (Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle) to the late Anton Yelchin (Terminator Salvation). All of these actors/actresses prove themselves to be worthy of picking up the inspiring characters where we last left them. Eric Bana also brings a menacing villain to life as he becomes unrecognizable in the role of Nero. Nero is a new type of Romulan that is more terrorizing than the Romulans in the original series.
My final comment on the first film has to do with the set design and costuming. Director J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Super 8, Mission: Impossible III) takes us deep into space and uncharted territories that are similar to Earth, but have different ecosystems. We get to see the deserty Vulcan planet and an ice planet that looks similar to Hoth in Star Wars. For the first time, I got to watch the film on my TV with surround sound and HD picture. Even though the film was released seven years ago, the picture is fresh and pixel perfect. The USS Enterprise is decked out with grandiosity while we venture on its voyage to save the Federation planets. I am now quite excited to rewatch Star Trek Into Darkness! While a lot of people had quite a bit of backlash on the second installment, I loved it. Just remember what the old Star Trek movies were like before you trash talk Into Darkness...
The Bottom Line: Arguably the best Star Trek movie made to date reboots this old franchise, which dates back to 1966.
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