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.
I really loved every single actor in this film. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and especially the Leonard Nimoy cameo. Zachary Quinto is probably the best actor in this movie, not only because he is a good physical match for Spock, but he speaks with such solemness and dignity that just makes his character all the more powerful and proves Zachary Quinto to be a great actor. Nero is also an incredibly cool villain and his doomsday plan is inspired and creative. What was also brilliant is that they had a bit of romance between Spock and Uhura without making it a major plot point and keeping the action and story ahead of it. In terms of the other actors, Chris Pine, Karl Urban, and Zoe Saldana were all great in their respective roles, but I really liked the part that Leonard Nimoy played. His scene was 10 minutes long, tops, but I just felt for his character (old spock) so much that I actually missed him when he was gone.
The special effects were simply beautiul and over the top, as they were by far the second-best thing in the movie. Some people may not gravitate towards the shaky camera, but it's really not that bad and you definitely won't get headaches from it. I really loved the style and colours of the USS Enterprise and the style of the Romulan ship. The action sequences in the film were simply beautiful, especially the one at the end. No dialogue, just facial expression and explosions. Simply beautiful, nothing else to be said.
The story is told well and it blends humour, action and heart together without many missteps. Some of it was a bit too much talk, not enough action, but for the most part, it was a pretty even mix. The action scenes and talking scenes really blended well together and created a perfect meld of everything. A great effort to reignite a beloved franchise.
If you haven't seen this movie, you should definitely check it out. You don't have to be a trekkie to know and like this movie, but having extra knowledge definitely provides a hidden advantage. I watched this with my friend who considers himself a trekkie and he told me that I didn't get some of the references that he got. All in all, a great film that could definitely have been done wrong, but was done right.
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.
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
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.
Chris Pine as James T. Kirk
Zachery Quinto as Spock
Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime
Bruce Greenwood as Captn. Christopher Pike
Karl Urban as Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Zoe Saldana as Uhura
Simon Pegg as Scotty
John Cho as Hikaru Sulu
Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov
Eric Bana as Nero
Ben Cross as Sarek
Winona Ryder as Amanda Grayson
J.J. Abrams Star Trek represents the first time in sixteen years since Leonard Nimoy has played the character of Spock.
Originally, Star Trek was slated for a Christmas 2008 release, but it was decided that the film would fair better as a summer blockbuster. It would also allow for more media coverage as well as more time to work on the films visual effects.
This Film also represents the last time that Majel Barrett Roddenberry played the voice of the Enterprise Computer. She died shortly after she had finished her work on the film.
J.J. Abrams' 2009 feature film was billed as "not your father'sStar Trek," but your father will probably love it anyway. And what's not to love? It has enough action, emotional impact, humor, and sheer fun for any moviegoer, and Trekkers will enjoy plenty of insider references and a cast that seems ideally suited to portray the characters we know they'll become later. Both a ...