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

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Wow, they actually did it!

  • Aug 26, 2010
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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 Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew from the original series, I balked. I shuddered. I'm not sure, but I may have even gnashed my teeth and tore my hair, just a little.

But I will gladly, exuberantly admit that director J.J. Abrams and the cast and crew of this new Star Trek -- the first feature film to go just by that name -- have given me no choice but to change my mind. Even my wife -- who is more a fan of Picard than Kirk, perish the thought -- loved the film. ("It made me cry in under five minutes," she said to me at the beginning. How often do you hear that at a Star Trek movie?)

No wonder. The first few minutes of the film show a pivotal moment in the life of George Kirk, James T.'s father, in a dramatic, timeline-altering event aboard the USS Kelvin, with an entirely new take on the Romulans.

The story flashes forward from there, and viewers are introduced to younger versions of Kirk, Spock, Uhura and McCoy, etc., as we go.

The less said about the plot the better; it's best to go into the movie knowing as little as possible. Suffice it to say that filmmakers have crafted a Trek that will move the young captain and crew of Enterprise forward in a very different direction than we've known before. While playing around with alternate realities and timelines is always a dicey prospect, I can honestly say this one works.

As for the cast, I am pleased to say it's obvious that most of these young actors have obviously studied their predecessors in their roles. Karl Urban, for instance, isn't merely playing Dr. McCoy; he's playing DeForrest Kelley as Dr. McCoy. And when Chris Pine's Kirk smiles in the face of danger, you can see obvious shades of William Shatner's old hell-bent grin.

There is a shipboard romance that makes little sense -- particularly given the characters' teacher-student relationship -- but otherwise, these folks have nailed it.

The film is a joy to watch. It is a joy, believe it or not, to see those old, primary-hued uniforms back in action. And it's a joy to listen as people around me -- some diehard Trek fans, some more generic science-fiction enthusiasts, some folks who just bought a ticket and walked through the door without much awareness of existing Kirk-Spock lore -- excitedly discussed the nuances of the film and made plans for a second, third or fourth viewing on the big screen.

I know I'll be back to see it again. And I'll be watching eagerly for announcements of a sequel. The Star Trek franchise is alive and well ... something I can say with more certainty than I have since Kirk's mishandled death in Generations.


by Tom Knapp, the Rambles.NET guy

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August 27, 2010
I love how this movie made Star Trek "Cool" and something more people can be a part of without feeling alienated by, well alien like super fans. When filmthreat.com some of the biggest kiss ups to Star Wars declared that "Star Wars is dead" and even asked "Did you see that new Star Trek Trailer!?!" I was amazed. Trek still has those big holes to fly that big new Enterprise through, but it's a blast. Thank you for the review.
 
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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. 
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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.      …
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review by . December 02, 2009
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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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