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motion picture is a prequel to the original TV series - a canny decision from producer/director JJ Abrams (
Mission: Impossible III
), tasked with reviving the franchise following the largely unloved TV series
. A big budget ($150 million) and top-flight digital effects designed to snare a new audience combine with a scene-setting scenario and enough in-jokes to satisfy the old guard. Big and noisy, but equally interested in relationships, it really works. A young, impulsive James T Kirk (Chris Pine), made cynical by a pre-credits tragedy, reluctantly attends Starfleet Academy and stows aboard the USS
. Here his frosty relationship with Vulcan first officer Spock (Zachary Quinto from TV's
) thaws in the grip of an epic, time-travelling battle with Eric Bana's impressive Romulan foe, Nero. Light relief is provided by Simon Pegg's offbeat engineer Scotty and an already grumpy Dr "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban). With the help of his young and pretty cast, Abrams has managed to successfully reboot a 43-year-old formula.
The trainee crew members of the starship Enterprise embark on their maiden flight, which pits them against a Romulan commander from the future who is planning a horrific revenge on those he blames for a tragedy in his own time. Sci-fi adventure based on the original TV series, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana and Leonard Nimoy.
Cast & Crew
James T Kirk
Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Captain Christopher Pike
Clifton Collins Jr
Admiral Richard Barnett
J J Abrams
Paramount Pictures UK
Edited for violence and language.
DVD and Blu-ray
8 May 2009
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