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

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Star Trek - To Infinity and Beyond!

  • Aug 8, 2010
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Pros: Everything.

Cons: Only if you're a hardcore Trekkie that will pick everything apart (lighten up will you?).

The Bottom Line: It's a good time.  You should go watch it.  You know you want to.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals no details about the movie''s plot.

Usually I don't feel like I missed out on seeing a movie in theatres.  Sometimes I think, "Darn, that would have been fun to see on the big screen," and then move on with life.

This is not one of those movies.  I totally regret failing to see this on a massive screen with booming surround sound and an empty box of Junior Mints in my fist (since those would get eaten during the previews or at least the first 5 minutes of the movie).

Everyone said it was good.  Everyone said "You should go see it," or "You have to see it," or some variation thereof.  Point being, I should have seen it.

That's because everyone and their grandma was right.  This isn't just some lame-o Star Trek remake and it isn't some brand-spanking new Star Trek with stupid teen actors and excessive language and sex.  Instead, they took a bit of the old, a bit of the new (the good kind of new) and brought them both together in a lovely little symphony of movie making genius and delivered out something shiny and that you (and I) should have seen in theatres.

This, for once, will not be a movie I give a summary for.  I want you to go enjoy the movie and all its little twists and turns and surprises for yourself.  Let it unfold like a wrapped up Christmas package or origami crane.  Okay, so maybe I'm getting too poetic, but trust me, it's just more fun if you go see it without any knowledge beforehand of what you're getting into.  It'll all fall into place easily and you'll have a grand time in the process.

So why's it so great?  First, I give credit to the casting.  I don't know any of these people (okay, maybe like, three) and that's what's so great.  All the original characters that you knew and loved pop up in slightly younger form.  Chris Pine is just right for a young Kirk thrust into a difficult position.  Zachary Quinto as Spock is just on the button.  Zoe Saldana (you may remember her from Avatar) is Uhura, uber-smart, sassy, and with gorgeous hair. Karl Urban (Eomer from Lord of the Rings anyone?) totally surprised me as Leonard "Bones" McCoy and I still can't believe that hair worked on him.  John Cho is Sulu, with his flying abilities and some fencing skills.  Anton Yelchin is Chekov with his crazy-thick accent.  I didn't know any of these people, but now I do.  They passed with flying colors.

And of course you can't leave out Eric Bana as the evil (or is he?) Nero and Bruce Greenwood as Captain Christopher Pike (but what's he not been good in?).

The plotline is fresh, taking a new direction without getting too off course and making a few stops in all the right places.  The visuals are science fiction eye-candy, from planets in dire trouble to battling spacecraft.  All the colors and textures.  Joy.

J.J. Abrams was in charge of this whole party and even if you didn't like LOST, this will still entertain you until the cows come home and long after.  I also credit Abrams for bringing in Michael Giacchino for the soundtrack.  I don't have proof of this, but I recall giving Giacchino plenty of kudos for music in LOST even though it was barely there.  Enough for atmosphere, but he did it so well, that was all they needed.  But give that man a full orchestra with no limits and hoo boy.  Jackpot.

But I do have one gripe with this movie.  It won't affect your viewing in any way, I'm sure, but I just have to say it.  Simon Pegg as Scotty.  Now, no offence to Pegg.  He did a standup job and works in the role and I'm sure everyone enjoyed.  Even I did.  But.  Another man by the name of Paul McGillion was considered for the role, and that he didn't get chosen (with his authentic Scottish accent, by the way, Pegg's is totally fake) drives me up the wall.  They did give him a small part - he's the barracks leader that explains to Kirk why he wasn't assigned to a ship.  That's it.  I think it was to appease all the raving McGillion fans.  However, boys and girls, trust me on this, he would have made a fine, fine Scotty, and that would have made my day to see him get a role he deserves.  I guess a girl can't have everything in a movie.

But hey, it's still a fine movie.  Here's hoping the writers Abrams had can come up with a good sequel.  And extra cookies if you can guess my favorite part.



Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV

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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.

  • 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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