Cielo Returns, the film that started the new Star Trek saga, the title released in 2009, The Future Begins, developing the main ones from a decidedly more modern and social perspective.
It’s interesting to see how the 2009 film took a rather bold approach to the Star Trek franchise. Using an alternate timeline to justify rebooting the classic series was a risky but creative move on the part of JJ Abrams and his team. This decision allowed the filmmakers to explore new directions and reinterpret iconic characters in a contemporary context.
The film’s plot seems to focus on the formation and development of the main characters, especially James Kirk and Spock, while developing their relationships and dynamics within the Enterprise’s crew. The meeting of the two main characters at a young age while attending the Academy gives viewers a new starting point, allowing them to see the origins and motivations that will lead them to become the characters we know from the classic series.
The film’s antagonist, Romulan Captain Black, adds an element of tension and action to the storyline. His vengeance and intent to destroy the Federation planets from a future time perspective adds a significant element of the problem for the crew of the Enterprise.
It is noteworthy that the film received high marks, including the Academy Award for Best Makeup. This demonstrates the attention to detail and commitment to creating an immersive and believable visual world.
A tribute to Gene Roddenberry and his wife, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, highlights the importance of the classic series and respect for their key influence on the Star Trek series as a whole.
What to expect from this title
Thanks to the creative skill of JJ Abrams, we get acquainted with the plot of the story. no preamble, following the typical tradition of Trekkian pieces. Starting from the prologue, the story develops in a tense and exciting rhythm. A young James T. Kirk grows up without a father, finding himself on an even more daring and rebellious path, but fate lurks around the corner.
Indeed, it is Captain Christopher Pike (played by Bruce Greenwood) who pushes James to join the Federation cause: the launch of the Enterprise is imminent, and James decides to accept Pike’s invitation. On board the Enterprise, James meets Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (played by Karl Urban), Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldanha), Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg), Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin, who, unfortunately left the country). us prematurely recently) and young Spock (Zachary Quinto).
However fast Rise of the Kirk raises some questions: he quickly turns from a nearly unknown and insignificant person in the Federation to an unexpected person in command of the Enterprise, to somewhat strange and apparently rushed situations. This evolution is more like a weakness of the plot than a fruit of fate.
Despite this, Star Trek: The Future Begins succeeds lure the viewer into a whirlwind of emotionsthanks in large part to flawless editing, Oscar-worthy special effects, and J.J. Abrams’ signature style. With surgical precision, the director places a series of homages and nods to the original saga and subsequent films, enticing longtime fans while capturing the attention of newcomers.
Every project by JJ Abrams shows quality, creativity and determination to surprise the public: from Lost to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, through Mission: Impossible III and Super 8, everything the American director touches, turns to gold. And Star Trek: The Future Begins is no exception and is probably one of the most gripping films in the entire Trekkian saga.
Collectively, the 2009 film made the world of Star Trek accessible to new audiences while retaining elements that were familiar and appealing to longtime fans. It paved the way for further films in the franchise, proving that even a series with such a rich and complex history can be successfully reinvented for a new generation.
Will there be a fourth title?
Matt Shackman’s decision to step down as director of the much-anticipated Star Trek 4 led Paramount to temporarily take the film off the release slate in the hope that it could be reinstated at a later date, possibly pushing back its scheduled date.
Such a further delay is not surprising, given the difficult history of this project. Over the years, the film has been canceled and delayed several times, the director has changed, and the script has been revised. Star Trek 4 will be the fourth installment in a cinematic saga set in an alternate timeline known as the “Kelvinverse” started by JJ Abrams with the film’s airing tonight.
It should be remembered that this reboot of the saga, which began in 2009 with Star Trek: The Future Begins, was followed by Into the Darkness in 2013 and Beyond in 2016. The last one for now is the final chapter, featuring Chris Pine as James Tiberius Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. The cast also includes Zoe Saldana as Uhura, John Cho as Sulu, Simon Pegg as Scotty, and the late Anton Yelchin, who tragically died in a car accident in June 2016, as Chekov.
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