This 2009 JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot took a fast-fading franchise and gave it a triple bypass. The outcome was a spectacular success.
Opening with a balls to the wall, chaotically beautiful action sequence that sees a Starfleet ship blown to bits and the rather prophetic birth of one James T Kirk, it’s clear we’re viewing not only the genesis of the team but a dedicated rebirth for the franchise.
While Zachary Quinto as Spock and Chris Pine as Kirk flesh out their roles with surprising depth (Quinto in particular able to convey more in one raise of his aerodynamic eyebrow, ear or sideburn than a whole collection of Shatner audiotapes), the crew would be nothing without the supporting cast. Thankfully, you can’t get any better than the one here, and from Simon Pegg’s eminently huggable Scotty to Zoe Saldana’s sexy yet maternal Uhura, each is given a chance to shine.
Visually, it’s a surprisingly poetic masterpiece. Battle scenes possess a delicate beauty and grace that soars amidst the flashy explosiveness of the numerous phaser blasts and photon torpedoes. Abrams vision of space taps into the bedazzling and mysterious allure it deserves, and with solar flares, futuristic design and a grand operatic score, this is an eye-wateringly stunning sci-fi film.
Star Trek – Tuesday 9.00pm on FilmFour.