J.J. Abrams reboot/prequel to the "Star Trek" film franchise.
Star Trek tells the story of James T. Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew, following their time together at Starfleet Academy as well as their first mission together. Cast: Chris Pine … see full wiki
What was your first impression? Very negative Plot summary? A new cast of the characters having the same name is introduced with a new storyline. Kirk and Spock forge a friendship under fire. What's the bottom line? There are some bad moments that will turn off many long-term Star Trek fans but if that happens, watch it a few more times and concentrate on the relationships between the main characters.
Let's just be clear, I am not a trekkie nor have I ever been a trekkie, and this film did not make me a trekkie, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this reboot of the franchise. The acting was great, the special effects were great, the story was great, and I recently found out that this was the only Star Trek film to win an Oscar (best makeup). It did tend to drag/ be too talky and sometimes hard to follow in some scenes, but for the most part, the movie worked. … more
Just as a warning, this review is going to be very spoilerific, so if you hate spoilers don't read this, but I just can't help myself. Now then, may I just say that this might be the BEST Star Trek Film ever?! And that's not comparing it to The Wrath of Khan or First Contact. This Trek film stand alone among all of the other ones. When J.J. Abrams set off to make a Trek film that was accessible to both non-fans and fans, he apparently knew just what he was doing. This film was also an ensemble piece. … more
How is it that a film that has been so anticipated, has had so much money and hype devoted to it ends up on the screen with a continuity error in the first half-hour? I refer to the scene in which McCoy is sneaking Kirk onto the shuttle to the Enterprise: Kirk enters the shuttle wearing a red cadet's uniform and then appears on the Enterprise wearing a black uniform. I won't even go into McCoy's breaking the 'do no harm' mantra of the medical profession... Yes, I'm probably … more
To be honest, I didn't think it could be done. I'm one of those old-time fans. I grew up on episodes of Star Trek in syndication. I cheered the return of the original cast to the movies. I followed closely -- at times more with a sense of loyalty than enthusiasm -- the various series set within the Next Generation, and I even stepped back in time to the early days of Enterprise. But when Hollywood chatter turned to rebooting the saga from the start, placing new actors in the roles of … more
I was never a big Star Trek fan. I had moments where I watched the original and where I watched Next Generation but for the most part I found the series to be well... boring. Some of it was the science fiction stuff, others was because sometimes it seemed as though Star Trek could never get to the point. That's not to say I hated Star Trek or couldn't stand it. There were certain episodes of the original series that I rather enjoyed. Some parts of … more
I’ll get the obvious out of the way immediately: Were Star Trek (XI) a standalone piece of space-set science fiction entertainment, it would probably be one of the finest to come out off Hollywood in years. The visuals are stunning, the acting top notch, the Michael Giacchino sound score flawless, and even JJ Abrams’ direction (which is often criticized for being jumpy and dependent upon effects) is quite appropriate. So why then a very mediocre review score? … more
"…To BOLDLY go where No Man had Gone Before.".. …or something like that. The immortal tagline of the operatic TV franchise that had gone on for many generations. First off, let me tell you that I am a casual fan and more of a "Next Generation" kind'a guy, although my favorite Star Trek movie is still "The Wrath of Khan". After the failed box-office outings of recent ‘Star Trek" films ("Nemesis" for one) and the less than dominating … more
I grew up with "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Since I didn't have cable, I rarely got the chance to watch the original Star Trek series. As I grew older, however, I got to watch TOS and found myself preferring it to TNG. It didn't matter how many new incarnations of Star Trek hit the television or the big screen, so long as no one messed with the original characters and the actors who portrayed them, I was fine. Then comes along J.J. Abrams. I have to admit that I followed the developments of … more
Honestly speaking, Star Trek is something I had never gotten into, though that slightly changed when an online friend of mine kept posting episode commentaries on the original TV series she was rewatching.. Of course, when I saw the trailer for the new movie in the cinemas, and seeing how amazing Zachary Quinto looked as Spock(I personally love Quinto), I knew it was a movie I had to see. The fact that J.J. Abrams was directing was a bonus. After watching … more
It's 2233, and the USS Kelvin is researching a space anomaly. George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth) is left in charge of the ship when Nero (Eric Bana) orders Captain Richard Robau (Faran Tahir) to board his ship. When Robau tells Nero the star date, Nero kills Robau and attacks the USS Kelvin. When Kirk realizes that he cannot save the ship, he orders an evacuation or everyone else. His pregnant wife Winona (Jennifer Morrison) begins to give birth, and asks Kirk what he wants to name his son. Kirk decides … more
If there is one industry that puts out better products every year, it would have to be the global movie industry. In the past decade, Hollywood has put out the best comic book movie ever (Dark Knight), the best zombie comedy ever (Zombieland), the best pirate movies ever (POTC 1-3), and now the best Star Trek movie ever. Coming after a series of so-so Trek films from both the original and Next Generation genres, this is the first Star Trek movie not based on a TV serial. Instead, all the actors … more
Fantastic reboot of the once ailing sci fi francshise has JJ Abrams get a new cast to "boldy go" into a great new adventure. Fantastic looking sets and action and the new cast are great updates to the classic 60's characters. The story has it's faults but thats nothing new. Put your bias aside and you'll be surprised.
Reinventing Star Trek, a much adored franchise by all of its dedicated fans, was a brave move to make and one that few had ever dared and J.J. Abrams finally took the dream to the next step. Abrams, producer of the much loved Lost TV show seems to be the next big name in the moviemaking business and is truly a man with great talent. His last film, Cloverfield, was a massive blockbuster success and this, regardless of actual story quality, was bound to achieve the same. Luckily, this wasn't … more
I thought this movie to be an excellent new breath of fresh air into a franchise that has been hurting since Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home. The characters are full of energy and the use of Back To The Future techniques to alter the past and create a new timeline has left it open for several sequels without impinging on current Star Trek lore. A Romulan ship from the future arrives at the time when James T. Kirk is being born. Immediately they set in motion a new time continium … more
I'll get the obvious out of the way immediately: Were Star Trek (XI) a standalone piece of space-set science fiction entertainment, it would probably be one of the finest to come out off Hollywood in years. The visuals are stunning, the acting top notch, the Michael Giacchino sound score flawless, and even JJ Abrams' direction (which is often criticized for being jumpy and dependent upon effects) is quite appropriate. So why then a very mediocre review score? The answer is simply this: Like George … more
Before I get started with this review I feel it is necessary to state my experience with this infamous franchise. In no way am I, or have I ever been a "Trekkie," though I have occasionally watched the various Star Trek television series when they've been on, but not to the point where I'd place myself amongst its fans. I've always admired the series from a distance, enjoying such movies as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VIII: First Contact (1996), but I've never really gone past … more
It was good. It was exciting. I had a great time. Everyone in the theater had a great time. I'd go again. I went again. I'd have fun a second time. I liked it when stuff blew up. Yay, yay, what a great time.
The Star Trek franchise finally gets the shot in the arm it desperately needed, but that's not entirely a good thing. The moralising, intellectualising and stately grandeur that marked out Roddenberry's Trek has gone, replaced by visceral thrills, eye candy and fast editing. The movie entertains and thrills, but it's ultimately hollow - all muscle and no brains. This is Trek for a new generation; retooled and remodeled for teen appeal. It's very telling that they manage to shoehorn in some blatant … more