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Star Trek

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The public sometimes embraces a particular character or ensemble of characters so enthusiastically that multiple stories can be developed to meet that appetite. Writers can craft narratives that showcase a youthful version of a beloved mature character. This week, the film "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," which stars Chris Pine, opens in theatres. The movie is a reboot of the "Jack Ryan" franchise, based on the books by Tom Clancy. Here, audiences will meet the revered CIA agent as a younger man. Pine may have been cast as a young Ryan because of his success playing another young hero: Captain Kirk from "Star Trek." The first of these new "Star Trek" films came out in 2009.

In the film, James Kirk and Spock (played by Zachary Quinto) are young men. They are less mature versions of the characters we have seen in earlier films. Kirk, a human, is smart but he is also arrogant and takes too many risks. Spock, who is part human and part Vulcan, is also smart and much more reserved. Because of their differences, they struggle to get along. But they have to work together to battle Nero (played by Eric Bana), a terrorist who has taken the captain of their ship hostage. Here, they cement the relationship that will serve them so well in their careers.

"Star Trek" ranks among the most memorable films in the franchise. The action scenes and special effects are first-rate. One of the best scenes in the movie is the final fight between Kirk and Nero. It is very exciting since the are both very strong.

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are both perfect in the lead roles. They are as good as William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Another great performance is by Zoe Saldana, who plays Uhura, one of the more alluring crew members.

"Star Trek" will thrill both fans of the franchise and anyone who enjoys sci-fi/action films.