Star Trek (2009) is a reworking of the age-old Gene Roddenberry classic. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) plays a slightly wayward young man who joins Starfleet in order to follow in the footsteps of his late father George (Chris Hemsworth). His plans, however, are regularly thwarted by rule-abiding teammate, Spock (Zachary Quinto) despite the best efforts of his friend Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy (Karl Urban). But the three, along with the rest of the crew (Zoe Saldana, Jon Cho, and Simon Pegg to name a few) finally manage to work as a team and take out their joint nemesis Nero (Eric Bana).
My brother turned me into a Star Trek fan very young, albeit through the medium of the The Next Generation series. I’ve always been a huge fan of all things space related, and quite frankly, if Starfleet Academy was real and accessible in present times, I would absolutely have applied, and hopefully gotten in, and hopefully be aboard a starship, traversing the galaxies.
There’s a well-known ongoing feud as to whether Star Trek or Star Wars is better. They make it seem like you can’t like both, but any card-holding member of the society for space nerds will tell you that’s a lie designed to create animosity between groups of space fans. I love both Star Trek and Star Wars (admittedly if I had to choose I would go with Star Trek every time, but that’s not the point) and I don’t see why you should be made to pick.
The film, directed by JJ Abrams, paved the way for two sequels: Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), also directed by JJ Abrams, which brought in Benedict Cumberbatch as fan-favourite antihero Khan, and Star Trek: Beyond (2016), directed by Justin Lin, who has previously worked on the Fast & Furious franchise, due to Abrams’ ‘shipjumping’ as it were – off the deck of the Enterprise and onto the Milennium Falcon..!