In this new adaptation of Star Trek, a band of Romulan miners manage to confiscate a singularity-implosive device that accidentally threw the Romulans a hundred and thirty years into the past. The singularity bomb was designed to create miniature black holes and keep Romulus safe from a Supernova. Unfortunately it did not do that and the Romulans decide to blame everything on Spock and the Federation.
Spock, creator of the singularity in the future, is now starting out as a command officer aboard the USS Enterprise in his past-career. And of course there is Kirk who is not even an officer due to his academic-dishonesty. These two characters are given a brief, yet concerning illustration of their childhood. From Kirk’s birth, it is portrayed how the Romulan miners targeted the ship Kirk’s father captained for about eight minutes. It was the first ship the Romulans came into contact after traveling into the past. Kirk’s father sacrificed himself in order to save his crew. Meanwhile, Spock is seen to have been struggling with his human/Vulcan ancestry as he defies fellow-pupils and eventually defies the Vulcan science academy by joining Starfleet. What is intriguing about this younger version of Spock is that his cultural confliction is evermore apparent than classic Spock, whose uniqueness was typically based on his alieness and lack of emotion.
The fatherless version of James Tiberius Kirk was also an intriguing character. Always seeming to be on the sidelines, he builds a command of authority by friendly charm and feverish determination. Though I am pleased that the actor did not attempt to play a stereotypical Kirk (Shatner) with… the… choppy!… Conversation…
Instead he did his best to play a redneck that’s a little too contained for his own good.
Then there was McCoy who did play the doctor down to a tee. He had the rugged voice and all the catch-phrases nailed down. Instead of creating a new version, he gave perfect homage to the original. He also did a fantastic job of not playing the subservient roll to Captain Kirk, but more like the older brother bailing him out of jail.
Uhura was sexy as hell. The actress played the character well, though her roll was limited, as the character’s roll has always been limited to really only support the male characters. Though I found it hilarious that the love interest was implying something with Kirk, but turned out to be with Spock.
Chekov had a good accent and that was pretty much it.
Scotty was pretty funny. I definitely enjoyed the fact that he was recruited on a desolate planet for whacky experiments that eventually led to Kirk to complete his mission. Not as physically stout as the original Scotty, he did pull off a good labor-man persona.
John Cho as Sulu was kind of lame. About the only thing memorable about him was that he answered “fencing” when Kirk asked Sulu what kind of combat experience he had. That and he can’t engage warp drive too well. But his character was never too interesting anyway, not until the original came out of the closet that is. But I digress…
As for Nero and his band of ticked-off Romulans, they were pretty striking. They looked as if they were from some sort of a tribal prison-gang. Though I am saddened to see that there ridges were eliminated. Those ridges would have only made their appearance even nastier. I did like the fact that they were miners and not typical imperial troops. That made them a little more fascinating; along with their ship that carries an energy drill instead of the typical brand of phasers and photon torpedoes.
In conjunction with the descent acting was the incredible directing. The battle scenes in space and on the bridge were brought down-to-earth, so to speak. I found myself tipping my head around to see just what was about to happen as the enterprise made some desperate maneuvers that weren’t typically portrayed in any of the other Star Trek flicks. Along with that is the realism brought to the view-screen. Instead of a simple screen into outer space, there were holographic projections of targeting-systems and environmental read-outs.
All in all it was a good flick whether you’re a Star Trek fan or not.