Keep in mind that I am not a Trekkie. I repeat, I am NOT a Trekkie.
Yes, there are some of us out there who have not watched every Trek film or series episode, who cannot quote every line, and who have not bought every collector’s edition “action figure.” And yes, I envy those of you who are.
Say what you will about the Abrams films, but they are what have me curious about the Star Trek saga. I want to go back and read and watch it all! Maybe even buy a couple of those collectible action figures (since Spock is so darn cute).
I make this point because after reading reviews such as this one on WIRED.com, I could understand why a long time, hardcore fan of the Star Trek series might disagree with me. But I am simply a movie fan, and with no knowledge of the original Star Trek storyline, this film really did it for me!
So why would both Trekkies and non-Trekkies love this film?
- Action-packed! The film immediately opens with a highly intense scene, complete with a chase and a life-or-death scenario. Plus, in a later scene, you get to see Spock (the adult) kick some serious ass.
- Special effects! Visually stunning. The colors, the ship, the warp–everything.
- Humor! Each character plays a part in delivering this so well.
- Cast! Pine, Quinto, Santana, the entire cast gives one hell of a performance. But I must mention, Benedict Cumberbatch steals the show as Khan, the ruthless villain (that can still shed a tear).
Whether or not you agree with Abrams‘ delivery of the Star Trek story, this film is wildly entertaining. As the credits rolled, I turned to my friend and said, “I feel like we just got off a ride!” And that about sums it up for me.