I went into the movie completely blind of reviews and even anyones reaction to it. I set my expectations low and didn’t know if it would feel like a Star Trek movie, or would it disappoint the fans with the new direction of the universe. I will have to say, I was pleasantly blown away by how enjoyable the movie was.
Most movies that deal with time travel either don’t end well or have tons of loopholes, but the way this film altered the Star Trek universe was subtle, yet significant enough to have you contemplating how the entire set of previous series are set in an alternate universe.
The film shows us a cocky and brash James Kirk never let anything come between him and his drive to win and succeed. The portrayal of Spock was interesting as a child and reminded me a little of Star Trek III when he was reborn and had to be re-educated again.
The dynamic of the cast and crew are excellent, the inside jokes and references are there for us fans to explain to our friends who don’t “get it”. There isn’t much to dislike about this film except that it makes me wish a new fresh weekly series was still running that picked up where the movie left off.
Without spoiling anything in the film, I wanted to let everyone know this film is very much recommended and appeals to a wide audience. My wife even enjoyed the film and she has never seen an original Trek episode or movie prior.
Dragon Blogger gives this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars. I will be owning this the day it comes out on DVD.
Now, for all Trekkie fanatics here are some of the things I found in the film that kind of contradict the original Star Trek Universe, below is a list of spoilers, do not read if you havent’ seen the film or if you want to keep the movie a surprise.Â (by the way, this list isn’t in any way complaining about the film, it is just showing how much of a nerd I am and how much I remember of the original series).
In the film the red matter can create black hole, but it seems to be able to do this with any impact or contact, why did Nero not just release dark matter into Earth’s atmosphere or near it and blast it to make it trigger and suck in the entire planet?Â It seems like the drilling and planting at the core was unnecessary and he would have won if this logic worked.
Romulans were first encountered by James T. Kirk in the original series and were a species never encountered before, yet Star Fleet had too much knowledge including the linguistics of Romulans for this early on in Star Fleet history and it contradicts the original series, when they were shocked to even learn Romulans looked like Vulcans.
Was very interesting to see how Spock and Uhura had something going on between them but nothing was ever eluded to in any of the TV Shows or movies.
By the way, Kirk’s beating of the Kobyashi Maru was brilliantly done in the movie, and the fact that they had Spock be the creator of the program itself was another very interesting twist.Â Kirk is the only person to have ever beaten (cheated) the Kobyashi Maru simulation and this was a big nod to the fans and Trekkies by showing this.