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     Volume 2 Issue 123 | June 14 , 2009|


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The return of Star Trek

Tawsif Saleheen

THE new Star Trek has it all. It has Sylar with slanted eye-brows and donkey ears, possibly his shape-shifting power from Heroes gone terribly wrong. It has Chris Pine as an incredibly cheeky Captain Kirk. And, it has green alien babes.

The Star Trek reboot is essentially the story of how James Kirk (Chris Pine) joined Starfleet, met Spock (Zachary Quinto), Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban) and the rest of the classic crew, and eventually became captain of the Starship Enterprise. There's a villain in there, a rogue Romulan named Nero (Eric Bana), but don't worry too much about that. While the action and special effects make this one of the best “Star Trek” films in some time, what you'll remember coming out are the characters.

What makes this movie ultra-contemporary is the way Abrams has re-imagined Spock and Kirk as a team of rivals, not just for the command of the Starship Enterprise and the loyalty of its crew but for the charms of Zoe Saldana's sexy, super-smart communications chief Uhura.

Quinto's Spock boasts a deceptively doughy facial quality that offsets his pageboy bob and pointy eyebrows and ears. He exploits the power that playing Spock as a young man gives him for being more enigmatically emotional. Pine's Kirk is less romantic and literary, but just as unpredictable as Shatner's Kirk, albeit in a lither, quicker way.

Star Trek reignites a classic franchise with action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals, and will please traditional Trekkies and new fans alike.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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