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Star Trek

In 2233, the Federation starship USS Kelvin is investigating a "lightning storm" in space. A Romulan ship, Narada, emerges from the storm and attacks the Kelvin. Narada's first officer, Ayel, demands that the Kelvin's Captain Robau come aboard to negotiate a truce. Once aboard, Robau is questione...

Casual

As more of a Star Wars fan than a Trekkie, I think I can safely say that I am in the demographic toward which J.J. Abrahams and crew were aiming this reboot of the wildly popular Star Trek franchise. I'm not here to discuss conflicts or similarities between this film and the rest of the canon, but I will tell you that 'Star Trek' is exactly what the filmmakers set it out to be: a more action-packed version of the Enterprise with updated cast and special effects. In truth, that's what all of the Star Trek movies have been, as well as a continuation of said canon. Abraham's 'Star Trek', however, fills a niche that the others don't: that of the casual Trekkie.

Casual Trekkies will appreciate how each of the characters are introduced into the plot, as well as a sufficient amount of exposition on each about their roles in the original series, even if the writing is somewhat choppy. There couldn't be a better deliverer of said exposition than Leonard Nemoy, who played Spock in the original television series.

Canon aside, 'Star Trek' shows all the signs of a J.J. Abrahams movie: extravagant special effects, loud explosions (even in space!), and more lens flares than there probably should be in space. While I would normally, as a respectable film enthusiast, shun any and all made by Abrahams, I can't help thinking what all of his cliches actually do to the film. To me, it seeks to get rid of the one roadblock separating casual Trekkies and die-hards: the lack of action. Sure, the series had some action, if you're content with shaking camera, blaring alarms, and sparks from instrument panels. Abrahams kicks it up a notch, adding massive space battles, sweeping establishing shots of ships, and less focus on the Enterprise bridge. I feel that this draws in the more casual action-moviegoers and introduces them to the Star Trek canon, if only to research it further.

Overall, 'Star Trek' is an excellent reboot of a timeless series, liberal with the action, a smidgeon of romance, and plenty of humor to even out the otherwise grim and suspenseful mood of the plot.

Live long and prosper.

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