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Star Trek May 8, 2009
Star Trek
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, and brief sexual content.

Reinventing a show business property that's 43 years old is no easy task. But that's the task facing director J.J. Abrams in the newest version of "Star Trek."

With a brand new cast playing the famous roles of Captain Kirk, Mister Spock, Doctor McCoy and the rest of the "Enterprise" crew, Abrams tells the story of their first mission together.

22 years after a space battle in which his father was killed on the day he was born, Jim Kirk (Chris Pine) is leading a rudderless life in Iowa. After a bar brawl with several Starfleet cadets, Kirk meets Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), a starship captain who encourages him to find his destiny by enlisting in Starfleet.

Kirk takes Pike up on his offer. On his way to the Academy, he meets a man who will become one of his closest friends, Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban). After three years at the Academy, they head out into space on their first mission.

The main thrust of the story features the threat of a Romulan spaceship from the future and how Kirk, Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew learns to trust each other to defeat the menace.

Throw in some time travel and an appearance by an original member of the "Star Trek" cast and you basically have the plot of the film.

Pine, Quinto and Urban all turn in fantastic performances. Along with the rest of the cast which includes John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana, they do a great job re-establishing the "Star Trek" franchise.

About the best thing I can say about this film is you don't have to be a fan to enjoy it. Abrams has included plenty of nods to the original series that long-time Trekkers will love, even if you've never watched an episode you'll have fun with this flick.

It's a fast-paced action movie with incredible special effects and a story that doesn't drown you in technobabble. Basically, this is a tale of revenge. The bad guy, a Romulan captain named Nero (Eric Bana) feels totally justified in his campaign of violence. He's been wronged and he is out to do some "wronging" of his own.

And if that's not enough, Leonard Nimoy reprises his role as the original science officer from Vulcan. His scenes with both the new Kirk and his younger self are some of the movie's best.

On my rating scale, "Star Trek" hits a HOME RUN. Not only is this a great science fiction movie, it's a great movie period.



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