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I got up the nerve to view this film 6 months after it came out since I consider myself die-hard old-school Trekkie and don't like the idea bringing out the old and bringing the new. I wasn't sure what to expect since I couldn't resolve the issues about Spock being such a different character from what I knew him as for the last 40 years. I blew this film off intentionally until it came out on video. Boy was I wrong about this film. It surprised me tremendously.
I guess I was completely surprised at the level of authenticity J.J. Abrams put into this film. The reproduction of the original characters of Star Trek were very near to what would be expected of the young versions of the original actors. The most impressive detail I noticed immediately was the lack of sound in space as the Kelvin was being destroyed. That's a real pet peeve for me. Thanks J.J. for reality shots.
We soon learn in the film that history's timeline was unfortunately altered when the Spock of the distant future was pulled into a black hole along with a Romulan mining ship named Narada on the day of Kirk's birth. His father winds dying at the helm as he destroys the U.S.S. Kelvin by ramming it into the alien vessel as a last ditch attempt to do Captain Nero (Narada's Commander). We soon learn that the infamous and bloodthirsty Captain Nero is hoping to seek revenge on Ambassador Spock (Leonard Nemoy) by waiting around long enough to wipe out planet Vulcan.
Twenty years passes. Spock (Zachary Quinto) is ridiculed by his people for being half-human. He takes a position at starfleet as a promising science officer and commander.
James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) grows into his own and becomes a reckless troublemaker. Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) runs into Kirk after a bar fight and invites him to join Starfleet in memory and honor of this brave father.
Spock first encounters Kirk at the academy when he learns that Kirk cheated on the no win Kobia Shi Marou scenario. The trial is suspended with the information that Vulcan is under attack and the Federation starships leave for Vulcan.
The newly commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Nyota Uhura (Zoe Seldana), Montgomery Scott ("Scotty" Simon Pegg), Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and even Kirk himself thanks to Leonard McCoy's (Karl Urban's) medical trickery. Together, this crew will have an adventure in the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever even as the new version of it is just beginning.
When Vulcan is destroyed, Spock has Kirk thrown off the ship and on Delta Vega (an Ice Cold Tundra). He luckily gets by Spock Prime (Nemoy) who explains to him that Captain Nero blames him and the Federation for the destruction of his home planet Romulus by a supernova. Spock explains that he had failed with the creation of a black hole with red matter.
The plot thickens as we all hold our breaths over and over.
Also having small parts in this film include such veterans in film such as Winona Ryder plays Amanda Grayson and newcomer Rachel Nichols has a very small role as Gaila, the redheaded green girl who is the roommate to Uhura at the academy. Nichols can also be seen in G.I. Joe:The Rise of Cobra.
Apparently, the filmmakers thought it might be cute if Spock had a thing going on with Uhura, which was never really apparent at all in the original series, since, even in the late sixties, it was still considered taboo to have mixed relationship.
This is the first Star Trek movie that I have ever watched. I am a huge star wars fan and never really got into star trek until I watched this one. When i watched this I was instantly hooked. This is a very entertaining movie and will keep you interested throughout the whole movie. It has everything that a good movie needs (a good storyline, romance, humor, action, and surprises). I am now looking forward to watching the rest of the Star Trek Movies. Anyone, even if your not a fan of star trek, will like this movie.
It's a story about a young crew's maiden voyage on board the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. In the midst of an incredible journey full of optimism, intrigue, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind. The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals born worlds apart. One, James Tiberius Kirk (Chris Pine), a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy, a natural-born leader in search of a cause. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), grows up on the planet Vulcan, an outcast due to his half-human background, which makes him susceptible to the volatile emotions that Vulcans have long lived without, and yet an ingenious, determined student, who will become the first of his kind accepted into the Starfleet Academy. Kirk and Spock could not be more different. Yet, in their quest to figure out who they really are and what they have to give to the world, they soon become competitive cadets-in-training. With their drastically opposite styles, one driven by fiery passion, the other by rigorous logic, they also become defiant, contentious adversaries, each equally unimpressed with the other, each going all out to be among the special few chosen to join the crew of the most advanced starship ever created, the U.S.S. Enterprise. The Crew is headed by Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood). Joining him are the ship's Medical Officer Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban); the man who will become the ship's Chief Engineer, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (Simon Pegg); Communications Officer Uhura (Zoe Saldana); experienced Helmsman Sulu (John Cho); and the 17-year-old whiz kid Chekov (Anton Yelchin). All will face a harrowing first test that will set in motion the loyalty, camaraderie, daring and good humor that will bind them forever. In the midst of it all, Kirk and Spock will come face-to-face with an undeniable destiny: a need to forge an unlikely but powerful partnership, enabling them to lead their crew to boldly go where no one has gone before.
My husband and I went to see Star Trek in the theatre because my sister volunteered to watch the munchkin and we'd not been out of the house on a "date" in nearly 11 months (since she was born). We had no idea what was playing and happened across Star Trek purely by available theatre and time. My husband is a big fan, omitting the ones he deems terrible, I am not. Apparently, according to my husband, I've only seen the terrible ones. That being said, I LOVE this movie. I hope they continue to reinvent the franchise and go for broke. Having Chris Pine doesn't hurt a single bit. Some people will remember him from the Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement or Just my Luck (with Lindsay Lohan), some won't. He's a cutie, to be sure, but he really had the opportunity to prove he's an actor in this film. He carries the part of Captain Kirk solidly and his connection with Zachary Quinto as a young Spock is riveting. Leonard Nimoy makes a touching and very appropriate return as Spock from the past. The cast of characters is rounded out by Zoe Saldana as Uhura (Perfectly cast!), Simon Pegg as Scotty (One of my favorite characters, nailed it!), John Cho as Sulu (Couldn't have picked a better actor), Anton Yelchin as Chekov (I just wanted to pinch his cheeks!), and last, but certainly NOT least Karl Urban as Bone "Doc McCoy" (Spot on, baby, spot on!) The only hiccup in the movie for me was Eric Bana as Nero. Just wasn't feeling any love for him. Otherwise, the plot was fabulous and kept me riveted all five times I watched it since Fedex delivered the movie to me. The emotional connection between the characters in the beginning as Kirk was being born actually made me cry, as did one of the scenes as Vulcan was being destroyed. Bones made me laugh out loud several times, and Scotty was every bit the charmer. Worth the money!! I saw on IMDB (December 2, 2009) that there is an un-named sequel to Star Trek in the works for 2011. I'll be there, on purpose this time, to enjoy the next installment as J.J. Abrams has brought me around to light and made me a Trekkie with this revival of the Star Trek franchise.
This is an awesome movie, it brings a new story as well as a back story to the hit Star Trek series.
The visual effects are stunning and the acting couldn't be better.
The cast includes: Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, Bruce Greenwood as Captain Christopher Pike, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu, Karl Urban as Leonard McCoy, and Anton Yelchin (Chekov). As well as Leonard Nimoy as the Elder Mr. Spock.
This movie is a must see for anyone who is a fan of Star Trek.
Well some remakes dont do some movies justice, This movie was not the case.
I think the new cast was very believable, an the plot of the story was really cool. Most movies have a story line that are real predictable, this one will keep you guessing.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Pine ... Kirk
Zachary Quinto ... Spock
Leonard Nimoy ... Spock Prime
Eric Bana ... Nero
Bruce Greenwood ... Pike
Karl Urban ... Bones
Zoe Saldana ... Uhura (as Zoë Saldana)
Simon Pegg ... Scotty
John Cho ... Hikaru Sulu
Anton Yelchin ... Chekov
Ben Cross ... Sarek
Winona Ryder ... Amanda Grayson
Chris Hemsworth ... George Kirk
Jennifer Morrison ... Winona Kirk
Rachel Nichols ... Gaila