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Star Trek (2009) Review

Director: J.J. Abrams

Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg


There are a lot of Star Trek variations including the series and the movies. But the 2009, J. J. Abrams version is the one I watched. Star Trek really isn’t something I would watch. I never watched the series or was a fan, which is strange considering as I quite enjoy sci-fi movies. One of the reasons I ended up watching it was because I got persuaded to watch it and of course, Chris Pine is in it. So how can I neglect a movie he’s in.

I am actually surprised I liked this one. The action was compelling and I really felt for the characters quickly. I watched the second one recently, and what I noticed was they both start off with a tense and emotional story. I felt entirely attached and it really drew me in. The start of the movie is always a grabber, if it’s good, you continually enjoy it; but if it’s boring, then you don’t  really want to carry on. This is a perfect example of a movie that does this.

They did this by giving us a back story of Spock and his half human, half Vulcan self. You see him in a confusion and struggle of how he wants to live his life, which is fairly relatable. He ends up choosing humans because it seemed like he was inferior to the Vulcans as he was half human and had a heart. 


It ended being the best decision when he joined the Starfleet, who expose the universe for unknown planets. Alongside this, you see James Kirk’s story too. The beginning scene starts with his father saving the USS Kelvin and therefore he has a legacy. But instead, he rebels and gets in to fights. He soon realises, with some help, that he belongs with the Enterprise and is a born leader. Pine does an amazing job in this, he always seems to be a dominant character in his movies and it works.

The fact that Kirk risked his life to try and save the Vulcans just shows what a caring character he is and everyone needs someone like him. He also went to save Captain Pike from the Romulans. And Spock is similar in a sense that he beamed himself down to his planet to save his mother and others,and risking his life. Even though his mother didn’t make it, the thought counts. It just proves how similar Spock and Kirk are. It’s one thing that you can appreciate about their personalities which makes me feel for them more.

One of the things I love most is Spocks relationship with James T. Kirk (Chris Pine). The battle to be the best but you know all they want in the end is to do the right thing for the crew and their voyage.

Kirk soon confronts Spock about his feelings. Turns out he’s with Uhura, who Kirk wanted to be with coincidently. Which shows, SPOCK CAN FEEL! Who would’ve known.

I would also like to mention Scotty, who is slowly becoming one of my favourite characters. I mean, I love Simon Pegg anyway, but he just made me laugh and it was quite nice to have a light hearted character to lift the mood while all the drama is happening.

Spock eventually meets future Spock. This is an intense moment. I thought he would have more to say to himself really. Leonard really portrayed Spocks character well and as completely different people, it was believable they were the same person. It’s the way they talk, and come across. But future Spock just had more knowledge and wanted to advise his younger self the best way possible. And isn’t that what we all want; a future us to tell us not to do stupid things and make mistakes. But that’s not really going to happen.

The ending, of course, was happy and everyone survived. Kirk ended up Captain and he is not in rivalry with Spock, which future Spock mentioned. It’s the start of a beautiful friendship!

Go watch Star Trek!


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