Star Trek was released in theaters May 8th, just a week after X-Men Origins: Wolverine hit the silver screen. Both films have a similar target audience, but Star Trek appeals to a much broader audience and is a fun time even if you've never heard of Star Trek. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams, starring Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock (of Heroes fame), and Eric Bana as evil Nero. The runtime is just a little over two hours (126 minutes), but after it's over, you'll want more movie to watch. If you're worried about not knowing anything about Star Trek, don't be - the film does not make any assumptions.
With an absolutely amazing opening, that could easily be it's own short film, and hearing the Beastie Boy's Sabotage within the first few minutes, you already know the film is going to rock. Star Trek takes place in a futuristic world, that includes various human-like species from different planets, and centers around space travel / war. James T. Kirk has big shoes to fill with his father being a famous Federation starship captain. With little resistance, the reckless yet cunning James decides to join Starfleet, which is the military faction that humans join to be a part of the Federation's space military faction.
The driving force of the film is Captain Nero, of a Romulan (a species in this world) mining ship, trying to exact revenge against Ambassador Spock. Nero feels that the Vulcans (another species) - chiefly, Spock - are responsible for allowing Nero's planet of Romulus to be nearly completely destroyed by a supernova. We find out Spock is half human, half vulcan, is among the elite in Starfleet, and has some personal struggles with the two halves of his internal make-up. Nero is on a mission to destroy planet Vulcan, and planet Earth, but he has Captain Kirk, Spock and the rest of the U.S.S. Enterprise (Federation starship) standing in his way.
Even though the pace of the film is fast, the story still gives the audience time to get to know the characters - both as military combatants and as civilians. There was some subtle humor throughout the film, which kept it upbeat, and the interaction between the characters was really nice. There was no real love story, but we did get some emotional moments in the friendship between Captain Kirk and Spock. I'm happy that they kept the story applicable to a universal audience, with some good action sequences to intertwine in the heavy plot. There is some technical mumbojumbo, but not so much that it got cheesy, and the film explored the philosophical & scientific aspects of parallel universes.
When I started hearing the hype behind the newest Star Trek movie, I was pretty interested, yet apprehensive. Not being a huge science fiction fan, and having never really gotten into Star Trek in the past, the film won me over strictly on plot / acting / visuals. What a novel idea, huh? I can't say there was nothing I'd change, but Star Trek 2009 is definitely worth your time, especially if you can watch it in an IMAX theater.
All in all, Star Trek has a nice blend of bad ass, nerd, and emotional elements that will keep you interested throughout. Good film to catch for all ages, and ladies, even if you are seeing it just to appease your dork of a S.O., you will enjoy it as well.