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STAR TREK Cert 12A, 127mins ****

Kirk and the team boldly go where no Star Trek movie has gone before in a sci-fi epic set to stun fans of the beloved TV show.

Non-believers may find the ride somewhat less thrilling but, wherever you're coming from, this is easily the best Trek film since The Wrath Of Khan back in 1982.

In the same way that Batman Begins turned back the clock on the dark knight's life and times, the action here begins as we meet Captain Kirk's dad at the helm of a ship going into battle with a giant alien enemy In International Law, a foreign born citizen or subject of a nation or power that is hostile to the United States.

An alien enemy is an individual who, due to permanent or temporary allegiance to a hostile power, is regarded as an enemy in wartime.

Amid the fire and photon torpedoes, his wife is going into labour, delivering the future Enterprise captain just as her husband is killed.

It's then fast forward 10 years as we meet the young Kirk tearing up a country road in a stolen sports car.

It looks like a scene from 20th-century America, until a cop on a hoverbike glides into view to arrest the wayward youngster.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the universe, a half-Earthling, half-Vulcan pre-teen known as Spock is being schooled at a futuristic academy in the art of emotion.

We then move on to Kirk and Spock's late teens. A troubled drunk with a habit of hanging out in bars and bedding green-skinned babes, Kirk (Chris Pine) still hasn't come to terms with the tragic circumstances of his birth and seems unable to fill his pop's very big shoes. Yet convinced by a kindly ship's captain that he's destined for greatness, Kirk is persuaded to enrol at the Starfleet Academy where he meets fellow space traveller-to-be Uhura (Zoe Saldana), as well as Spock (Zachary Quinto).

With some dazzling action set pieces, this is one great-looking movie, the highlight being a scene where Kirk and two pals parachute from orbit onto a platform hovering thousands of feet from a planet's surface.

There's also plenty of humour and Trekkie in-jokes. At one point, Kirk's hands are inflated to comedy proportions by an allergic reaction allergic reaction
A local or generalized reaction of an organism to internal or external contact with a specific allergen to which the organism has been previously sensitized.
 to Bones' medicine, then a power-drunk Spock orders a swaggering Kirk "out of the chair" - ie the Enterprise's seat of command.

Meanwhile, it's amusing to see original Spock star Leonard Nimoy making a cameo, while Britain's Simon Pegg is good value as the young Scotty.

And yet there are faults. The amount of time spent establishing the characters means the Earth versus aliens plot feels rushed when it eventually kicks in, and a lot of that build-up is a slog to get through.

Overall, it makes for an entertaining, if uneven, couple of hours, although non-Trekkies may not find it the intergalactic in·ter·ga·lac·tic  
Being or occurring between galaxies: intergalactic space.

 go-see they'd hoped for.

n. Slang
The whole truth: gave us the lowdown on what happened at the party.

lowdown low (inf) n he gave me the lowdown on it →

BEST QUOTE: Captain Pike to Kirk: "Your father was captain of a starship for 12 minutes. He saved 800 lives, including yours. I dare you to do better." BEST BIT: Leonard Nimoy has a welcome cameo. WORST BIT: Too much backstory back·sto·ry  
1. The experiences of a character or the circumstances of an event that occur before the action or narrative of a literary, cinematic, or dramatic work:
, not enough action. IF YOU LIKED... Top Gun, Serenity... YOU'LL LIKE THIS.


GETTING A GRIP: Spock (Zachary Quinto) fends off the enemy
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 8, 2009
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