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

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Setting A New Course

  • Sep 10, 2010
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+5
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 the latest, re-imagined "Star Trek" film quite closely. I had my doubts about what could be done to the characters and the storyline. When it was finally announced that the new film would be one of the first big summer flicks out of the gates in 2009, a part of me cringed whilst another part of me flooded with joy. I was excited to see a new Trek, but I was also worried about how screwed up it might be. Fellow Trekkers rest easy. J.J. Abrams has pulled off a near-perfect film here. He's taken the best parts of TOS and blended it into a storyline that pays homage to the original show but also leaves the characters open to entirely new adventures. In the film, a rogue Romulan named Nero (Eric Bana) has a bone to pick with Spock. In order to exact revenge on Spock, Nero and his allies travel back in time and literally split history into two pieces when they change a key event. With this new timeline in place, we get a chance to watch old friends develop under new circumstances. We get to see Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the rest of our favorite crew develop and grow in an entirely different (yet always familiar) setting. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban have, quite possibly, the biggest shoes to fill in this film. Pine does a wonderful job as Kirk. He has all of the William Shatner Kirk's swagger and many of his mannerisms as well. Quinto does an excellent job as Spock, although his version of Spock is placed into a much more emotionally challenging situation and thus we get a much more emotional Spock. Of all the actors taking over these classic roles, Karl Urban stands above them all. He simply nailed the character of Dr. McCoy. From Bones' famous "I'm a doctor, not a (insert any other occupation here)" to his grumpy attitude, Urban seems to have channelled DeForest Kelley for this role. The space battle action is taken up quite a few notches under Abrams' guidance. While Shatner's Kirk was oftened restrained by his crew (and the show's budget), Pine's version gets to go wide open most of the time. The special effects look excellent in this film and do not deter from the storyline. So what didn't this new Trek get right? While Nero is a good villain, he isn't a great one. Much like a lot of the baddies in the Trek universe, Nero just doesn't stand out from the pack. I'm not knocking Bana's performance, I just think that the character could have developed a bit more. Also, the film gives a nod to the re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica" by using jittery, in-focus/not-in-focus camera work. While the technique works well some of the time, I find it a bit annoying while watching the film. Some would argue that the camera work adds to the "realism" of the action going on. This works in a film like Abrams' "Cloverfield," but when you're dealing with Star Trek, I prefer to see as much of the battle happening as I can. Other than these two points, I loved the film. It was funny, exciting and dramatic all at the same time. It was also nice to see such wonderful characters get polished off a bit and ready for a whole new set of adventures. If you enter the film with an open mind, you'll leave knowing that although this is a "new" Star Trek, it's still the same old Enterprise. Highly recommended to fans of any form of Star Trek. Also recommended to fans of science fiction and action films as well as the casual filmgoer who believes that all summer films are popcorn flicks. This ain't no popcorn flick by a longshot.

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September 29, 2010
I loved this movie and I'm glad you did too. It's a great action movie and I think it could have used some quieter moments here and there, not long but there. Thank you for writing.
 
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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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