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Byline: MARK ADAMS

Now Trek is out of this world

STAR TREK

12A, 127 mins Opens Friday, May 8

THE STARS Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, John Choo, Simon Pegg

THE STORY

Born in the heat of a space battle, the young James T. Kirk (Pine) grows up in Iowa as a troubled young man, but is challenged by a Starfleet commander to live up to the legacy of his father, who died saving 800 lives in that same battle.

Meanwhile half-Vulcan half-human Spock (Quinto) grows up confused by his mixed heritage, and opts to join Starfleet. Kirk befriends young physician Dr "Bones" McCoy, while linguist Nyota Uhura grows closer to Spock.

When a Romulan from the future threatens the planet Vulcan, the young, untrained crew aboard the Starship Enterprise are called on to save the galaxy.

THE VERDICT

Look out for Star Trek to be the first of the summer blockbusters. It's wonderfully exciting sci-fi entertainment that will appeal to long-term fans of the legendary TV series and also those just looking for an entertaining night out.

The great thing about this new Star Trek is that it is reassuringly familiar while at the same time subtly and impressively different. This Star Trek is heading off on an alternate trajectory and I have to tell you it is going to be an action-packed journey.

Director J.J. Abrams (the man behind TV's Lost) has put together a film that excels in pretty much all areas, refreshing a franchise that had begun to feel tired and frankly overexposed and launching it at a new generation of filmgoers who expect spectacular effects, snappy editing and hot young casts.

Chris Pine is perfect as the volatile and rebellious young Jim Kirk, blending hot-headed cockiness with an innate self-confidence. He is balanced perfectly by Zachary Quinto's smart and subtle performance as a logical Spock.

His human side is especially evident when he and communications expert Uhura (a sultry Zoe Saldana) spend a little quality quiet time together (usually in the high-speed lift between starship decks). Yes, this time round Spock gets it on with the opposite sex, and his relationship with Uhura is pretty hot... especially given that not much happens.

The rest of the young cast are also perfect. John Choo is action-packed as Sulu, Karl Urban louche and witty as Bones and the arrival of Simon Pegg as engineer Scotty halfway through the film brings a much-needed boost of humour and energy.

As the bad-guy Romulan, Eric Bana is given little to do apart from snarl and try to explain his complicated reasons for blowing up planets. His spaceship is big and spiky (compared to the super-sleek Enterprise) and it is oddly reassuring this his evil master-weapon is actually just a big dangly drill.

And while there is never any doubt that the good guys will win through, Star Trek pulsates with adventure and thrills, infectious with its boyish enthusiasm to entertain and respectful enough to pay tribute to the cult series that came before it. See it.

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Chris Pine as Kirk saves the world Making a point... young Spock (Zachary Quinto) gets to grips with the story
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 3, 2009
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