Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonar Nimoy, Zoe Saldana
Directed by J.J. Abrams
It’s the reboot origin story of Captain Kirk and Spock that has made Star Trek cool again.
James T. Kirk (Pine) is a rebellious Star Fleet student who butts heads with a half-human, half-Vulcan when Kirk beats an unbeatable training simulation. While the simulation was a test to experience fear during an emergency combat situation, it reveals Kirk’s over-confident ego that he can outsmart any dangerous situation.
When the planet Vulcan becomes under attack by Klingons, Kirk and Spock (Quinto) must work together on the U.S.S. Enterprise to save the Earth from facing the same threat. Kirk’s immaturity and Spock’s logos are too much to handle in one ship, and Kirk is forced into a shuttle headed to nowhere. He finds an old friend who guides him to the path he was destined to take, which helps him grow as a character to save the planet.
J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek brings back a popular series and draws new audiences into the story. There are multiple intense moments that make it hard to get bored while watching. Between the light humor between the way Kirk and Spock bicker, and the suspenseful nature of life-threatening scenarios, Star Trek is fun to watch.
As the first movie in the rebooted series, it’s important to get audiences to connect with the characters so that they’ll want more. Abram’s gives us a crew to root for as they face a powerful enemy and their lives are on the line. The crew of the starship Enterprise has a bonding experience that makes them work well together for the sequels to come. As Kirk’s character changes, for example, he becomes a captain they can trust and respect.
This Star Trek is also an easy transition for viewers who are wary of the sci-fi genre. Some aliens look a little weird but they’re not the main focus of the movie. Instead, you get invested in the characters and their story so that when the battle ensues, you can’t take your eyes off of the screen.