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J.J. Abrams reboot/prequel to the "Star Trek" film franchise.

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Boldly rebooting what needed to be rebooted long ago

  • Jun 11, 2009
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If you watch Star Trek: First Contact with the writers commentary on, you'll get to a point towards the end of the movie where the writers admit to Star Trek's waning popularity and say that it needs a jolt.  Continutity issues were starting to pile up, the francise was over-exposed and good story ideas were running dry.

Not too much later, a new Star Trek trailer for a new movie (one with a big fat budget) was shown and what I saw was baffling.  I saw a lot of un trek like things.  Space battles that looked like they were better suited for a Star Wars prequel, sets that looked garish and overblown (complete with little scanner guns on them like you see when you check out at a store) and more importantly, Kirk and Spock together fresh out of the academy when I knew deep down that was wrong and a huge continuity error.  So much was fiddled with for the sake of fiddling with (for more on this, see the new GI Joe movie coming out) that it made me mad.  J.J. Abrams comment that this isn't for us old timers with Star Trek since we abandoned the francise long ago leading to a four season run of Enterprise had me boiling.

The idea of Kirk and Spock together at the academy has been in play for a while now as a movie idea, since Star Trek VI in 1991 believe it or not.  Kirk and Spock for what it's worth WERE NOT together in school so it's already a screw up.

I went to see this movie out of pure curiosity.

I came out of the theater with the biggest 180 of my life.  I haven't been THIS entertained in a long, LONG time.  I saw it opening Friday, saw it again Sunday.

Easily accessable to anyone out there (a nice writing feat as well a monetary one where ticket and DVD sales are concerned) and best and most important of all, IT MADE SENSE IN THE END.  I didn't have anymore of the disgust of minor picky little points of Star Trek being ignored anymore. 

The cast is impressive too.  Zachary Quinto is Spock.  He has the right amount of cool and the right hint of arrogance.  He even shows the right kind of rancor when he lets his emotions out in a key scene where Kirk goads him into getting control of the Enterprise.  Zachary Quinto is Daniel Craig to Leonard Nimoy's  Sean Connery.  Chris Pine is nice as Kirk showing the swagger and bravado that Kirk should have.  The weird clipped dramatic Kirk talk isn't there but hey, he's still awesome.  My favorite of the new cast was Karl Urban as McCoy.  He gets all of McCoy's fidgits and tense personality down perfectly.  The rest of the cast isn't short changed either.  Chekov is reintroduced as a whiz kid, Sulu gets out from behind the console and kicks some butt.  Uhura gets some major screen time and even a surprise love interest that you don't see coming.  Scotty is the only real letdown and while he isn't bad, he sadly gets the job of shouting out loud funny lines during inopportune times.  Scotty was comic relief of sorts in the old show, so it's apropos.

I can't let you in on the story without giving away anything or why everything makes sense.  I will say the Romulans make a return as the viallians and are terrific but their plot, much like the movie itself you need to not overanalyse to much, so let Mr. Suspention of Disbelief take over, and remember it makes sense in the end. I can't wait for a sequel.  The sequels lately have been better for most of these action movies, but I do hope that they boldly go into new territory instead of going the Batman route and having the Enterprise crew battling Khan.
The new Enterprise with it's new firepower Nero, obsessed and genocidal madman Young Jim Kirk taking a famous test Zachary Quinto as Spock McCoy treating Kirk for a fake illness Sulu takes on enemy miners

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June 11, 2009
Urban as Bones was my new favorite as well! I thought he completely embodies what DeForest Kelly did with the character, such a job well done. I love reading reviews by people who weren't sure about the movie, but then ended up loving it. This was very well written. What did you think about the music? If you are curious, check out my review on the Score for Star Trek.  Great Review!
June 11, 2009
honestly didn't pay much attention to the score. I know that opening music where it has the title screen was nice, but the rest I didn't pay that much attention too.
 
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 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 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 ...
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Director: J.J. Abrams
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 8th 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
DVD Release Date: Unknown
Runtime: 126 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot
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