Home | Sisters | Associates | Friars | Laity | Nuns | Link to Groups | World OP| DLC

Main Movie

500 Days of Summer

Away We Go

The Blind Side

Bright Star

Curious Case of Benjamin Button


An Education

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Gran Torino

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

The Hurt Locker


Julie and Julia


The Reader

Serious Man

Slumdog Millionaire

The Soloist

Star Trek

The Wrestler


Film Reviews from 2008
Film Reviews from 2007

Film Reviews
from 2006

Star Trek

star trekWhile I was never a “Trekkie” I remember watching Star Trek, the television series when I was in high school.  It was visionary fun, featuring an international group of adventurers exploring space together on a mission of peace.

I doubt that anyone imagined the enduring appeal of the Star Trek franchise, with so many different incarnations on television and the big screen.  Could creator Gene Rodenberry have dreamed that, 40 years after the original series, moviegoers would be lining up to see a new version at the theaters?  Yet, that’s exactly what has happened.  So far, Star Trek is the biggest hit movie of the year.

Director J. J. Abrams takes us back to the beginning, introducing us to the familiar cast of characters:  Commander Jim Kirk, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Checkov, Sulu, and, of course, Mr. Spock.  With the exception of Leonard Nimoy, playing an older Spock, all the characters are played by relatively unknown young actors, who grow into their characters and personalities.  Kirk is the main character, who matures from a brash, rebellious youth to the respected captain of the Enterprise, in the footsteps of his father.

star trekThe unique quality of Star Trek during the summer blockbuster season is that it focuses on character, not special effects.  There is a respect for the original series and its fans, while moving the Enterprise and its crew forward for a new generation to enjoy.  It’s fun to watch the characters grow into the personalities we’ve come to know and love. Even though Scotty is the last of the main characters to arrive, he’s the most amusing of all.  Spock struggles to integrate both his Vulcan and human natures.  There’s even a Kirk-Uhura-Spock romantic triangle, which I don’t remember from the old series!

The plot about an evil Romulan who wants to destroy Spock by creating black holes is confusing, and not especially compelling.  I also got a bit lost with the time travel subplot.

Star Trek is an enjoyable way to spend a hot summer afternoon, visiting with old friends, listening to their stories, and finding out how they came to be the folks we’ve come to know and love over the years.

Tom Condon, OP

The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.