Sunday, February 14, 2010

Star Trek

Star Trek was released in Canada on May 8, 2009. It has a huge cast. The prime roles are filled by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, and Zoe Saldana. Other notables are Winona Ryder, Karl Urban, Rachel Nichols, Eric Bana, John Cho and Bruce Greenwood.

This is not your garden variety Star Trek. It takes us back to the birth of James Kirk, while his father is dying in combat against a mysterious alien vessel. We also get a look at the maturation of Spock, and the first encounter of these two iconic Star Trek characters. Despite its genre, Star Trek always seems to pull off a relatively good plot.

Star Trek has been nominated for four Academy Awards; makeup, sound, sound editing, and visual effects. In three of those categories, Avatar is the competition. Interestingly, I think it's a pretty close competition in the sound categories. The acting is not Oscar material, but the young guys playing earlier versions of Spock and Captain Kirk are very well cast, and they pull it off nicely.

I can't believe it, but I absolutely loved Star Trek.

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