DVD Review: Star Trek

From director J. J. Abrams, STAR TREK reinvents the origins of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew. Chris Pine is delightfully realistic as young cadet Kirk embarking on his first Star Fleet mission. Zachary Quinto is perfectly cast as young Commander Spock. Stealing every scene he’s in, Karl Urban is outstanding as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. Rounding out the crew are Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, and John Cho as Sulu. The elements of history are exciting – learning the origins of Kirk’s birth, seeing Spock battle his human versus Vulcan genetics, why a space-fearing McCoy is in Star Fleet to begin with (he lost everything to his ex-wife in their divorce and had no other options but Star Fleet), and how Kirk comes to be in command of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The story gets a bit muddy in places but the overall story is solid and it makes for an enjoyable escape. Eric Bana co-stars as the villain and Leonard Nimoy (who played Spock in the original series and subsequent films) appears as an older, time-traveling version of Spock. 4 Stars.

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