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Star Trek (2009)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: J.J. Abrams

Starring:
Chris Pine/Kirk
Zachary Quinto/Spock
Eric Bana/Nero
Leonard Nimoy/Spock Prime
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PLOT-CRUNCH
How did Captain James T. Kirk (Pine) become the galaxy hopping, poon hound that he is? Did Spock (Quinto) always have a yard long stick up his arse? And why is Nero (Bana) so damn angry that he wants to fire EVERYTHING? All is answered in this STAR TREK prequel, reboot, re-imagining, re “fill in the banks”!
THE LOWDOWN

Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved 800 lives, including yours. I dare you to do better. – Pike

I’ve always been a STAR TREK fan. I wouldn’t call myself a TREKKIE but I followed the original TV series, then double downed with NEXT GENERATION and have seen all of the films many o times. Let me put it this way, I once had a poster of Captain Kirk on my wall. It stayed there for a month or so but hey, it was there, so yeah, I dig on my STAR TREK. After the much maligned STAR TREK NEMESIS (2002) failed with critics and at the Box Office (don’t ask me why, I loved the movie, very underrated) – I wondered if we’d ever see the Enterprise on the big screen again. Well my query was answered – a prequel. To be honest, I wasn’t too jazzed about the idea till I saw the badass and I mean…BADASS trailers. So here are my 69 cents on the film itself.

I had fun! Loads of it! This reboot of STAR TREK did what it had to do VERY WELL for the most part. STAR TREK has always been about characters and relationships first for me and I was in a tizzy to see this new take keep to that M.O. The exploration of Young Kirk and Spock’s evolution was highly engaging and so was the look at their rocky relationship. The fact that the cast was excellent across the board clocked in hard as well. They echoed the original crew in likeness/feel but also brought their own yummy flavor to the now legendary roles. Kirk, Spock, Bones and Uhura in particular blew me the f*ck away. I enjoyed every micro second spent with them and couldn’t get enough. And big props goes out to the filmmakers for squeezing in the original Spock (via Leonard Nimoy tackling the role once more) into their storyline. It showed respect for the source material while acting as a classy “passing of the torch” move (much like Generations did when the Star Trek films went the Next Generation way)..

Effects wise, hey man, the money was on the screen and then some! The Enterprise never looked better; the CGI was top notch all around and the many setting as to where the action took place, BANG ON visually. Same went for the directorial style; lavish and stylized but not to the point of being overbearing. Abrams helmed this chi-wa-wa with a firm hand and didn’t flinch once. Finally, yes I grooved on spotting the many references/in-jokes (loved the Red Shirt dude one) to the vast Star Trek universe. The affection for the material was there as it should be – even though Abrams admitted to not being a Star Trek fan when he initially tackled the flick. I hope that has changed since. Add to that some candid funny moments and spiffy dialogue galore that had me rolling in the aisles like a Tribble and you got yourself an easy crowd pleaser that should, well, please the masses….easily.

A couple of things did stop this one from being a bona-fida classic for me though Sure, I was totally hooked by the origin storyline as to Kirk and Spock, but I can’t say that the main Nero plot line or his motivation did much for me. Just didn’t find it fleshed out enough or all that interesting. And if I stop and think about it, his quest came with bucket load of plot holes. Never good. Then we had the alternate realty angle. Granted; it was a clever way for the filmmakers to give themselves lots of room “narrative wise”. They could do whatever they want without having to be faithful to the Trek mythology of old. But I still can’t say I was too jazzed by some of the changes they put out.

Uhura getting down with Spock is one example. Kirk should’ve been tapping that ass and well know it! Moreover, Spock playing that game, felt out of character for me. And this is just one example out of many. And what was up with that lackluster score? Sheesh! Could’ve done better than that uninspired drivel. Where’s Jerry Goldsmith when you need him?! Finally, the hand to hand fights suffered the usual Hollywood blockbuster ailment; too many close shots, not enough wide shots, I couldn’t see enough to get fully thrilled. But hey, maybe that’s just me.

With that yapped I still dug on STAR TREK big time and am totally down with following the further adventures of this younger and hipper Enterprise crew. Maybe my love for the Star Trek(s) of old somewhat tarnished my perception of this one, either way, that’s how I felt, beam me up Scotty and don’t forget the green bitches!
GORE
Red blood, green blood, off-screen impaling, its Star Trek, not Dead Alive. With that said, I found it more violent than lots of the Star Trek films of past.
ACTING
Chris Pine (Kirk) did his own thing while sometimes channeling a pinch of The Shat (especially at the end). Dude’s gonna go places. Got the looks and the chops. Zachary Quinto (Spock) was amazing as the emotionally conflicted Spock. And man did he look the role! Leonard Nimoy (Spock Prime) brought class to the proceedings via his appearance. Eric Bana (Nero) was unrecognizable and ran with the role as far as he could. He had a blast, I had a blast! Bruce Greenwood (Pike) commands the screen in anything he does, here was no exception.

Even when Karl Urban’s (McCoy) performance felt more like mimicking than acting – he still had me. Zoe Saldana (Uhura) made for a spunkier and sexier Uhura. No complaints here. Simon Pegg (Scotty) did his usual funny man shtick and it worked… again! John Cho (Sulu) didn’t do much for me in the role one way or another while Anton Yelchin (Chekov) got a couple of giggles out of me via that thick Russian accent. It was a one-joke gag – but it kept giving!
T & A
We get a green dame in her bras and undies, and Uhura teasing with one heck of short skirt and swell high boots. Good enough for me!
DIRECTING
Abrams is obviously a dude that can handle a big budget show and his go around here confirmed that in spades. Big, loud, brash and well shot to boot; you couldn’t ask for a snazzier looking summer movie. His use of “silence” in some of the sequences also cranked my dial.
SOUNDTRACK
The flick REALLY failed in this department. The score by Michael Giacchino was just there. Flick deserved better than that. Should’ve used that powerful ditty they had in the Trailer (Freedom Fighters by Two Steps From Hell). Now THAT was worthy of Star Trek.
BOTTOM LINE
Personally, I like the old school STAR TREK movies better. Maybe cause I grew up with them, love the characters/actors and their novel joo-joo.. But that’s not to say this new spin didn’t do it for me. Cause it did! Witty writing, solid cast and all kinds of che-ching wowing me on screen. What a ride! Yup, the main storyline could’ve been stronger, the meh score so needed to be kicked to the curb and some of the changes as to the Star Trek universe rubbed me the wrong way; but hey, you can’t please everybody. With that barked; I’m all for following this new crew as they go boldly where no man (or woman) has gone before. ENGAGE!
BULL'S EYE
For the first time Uhura got a first name on screen: That's Nyota Uhura to you bub.

Abrams only two picks to play Nero: Russell Crowe or Eric Bana.

The character of Captain Pike (played by Bruce Greenwood) existed in the original TV Show. He was the Enterprise' Captain in the un-aired original series pilot.

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6:34AM on 06/08/2010

Amazing

I'm not a massive fan of sci-fi films but this film is phenomenal. One of my fave films of the past few years. Everyone was great in it and JJ Abrams is a genius.
I'm not a massive fan of sci-fi films but this film is phenomenal. One of my fave films of the past few years. Everyone was great in it and JJ Abrams is a genius.
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9:03PM on 08/31/2009
This was the most exhilarating, electrifying sci-fi adventure of the year or maybe even the decade and is definitely the one to beat this year but I doubt any other action film or sci-fi film can be this entertaining or a feast for the eyes as this one. I thought the cast was spot on and refreshing and the director is BRILLIANT! To be honest I have never seen one Star Trek episode or movie so I was a bit skeptical hearing that they were doing a prequel but they proved me dead wrong because to
This was the most exhilarating, electrifying sci-fi adventure of the year or maybe even the decade and is definitely the one to beat this year but I doubt any other action film or sci-fi film can be this entertaining or a feast for the eyes as this one. I thought the cast was spot on and refreshing and the director is BRILLIANT! To be honest I have never seen one Star Trek episode or movie so I was a bit skeptical hearing that they were doing a prequel but they proved me dead wrong because to me this is a sci-fi masterpiece or at least close to it. I loved every moment of it and I didn't want it to end and I can't find anything I didn't like about, it was flawless! J.J. Abrams is a masterful director and I can't wait to see what he throws at us next and I hope there is a sequel on the way because I'm dying for one now. Extremely recommended!!
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5:31AM on 08/03/2009
There were a few flaws storywise, but it very much succeeded with me.

I didn't mind the Spock/Uhura romance; I loved the Michael Giacchino score...

Star Trek: TNG bored me, and I'm glad that Trek returned (not only to the miniskirts and go-go boots) but to the fun and adventure that had been missing for so long.

I'm looking forward to the sequel.
There were a few flaws storywise, but it very much succeeded with me.

I didn't mind the Spock/Uhura romance; I loved the Michael Giacchino score...

Star Trek: TNG bored me, and I'm glad that Trek returned (not only to the miniskirts and go-go boots) but to the fun and adventure that had been missing for so long.

I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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11:56AM on 05/12/2009
I loved every second of it. Fast, funny, exciting and completely entertaining. Yet, it never lost sight of its characters and their relationships.

I gotta disagree on the score. It rocked. Loved in the beginning when it booms through the speakers as Nero's ship is coming through the black hole...great stuff.
I loved every second of it. Fast, funny, exciting and completely entertaining. Yet, it never lost sight of its characters and their relationships.

I gotta disagree on the score. It rocked. Loved in the beginning when it booms through the speakers as Nero's ship is coming through the black hole...great stuff.
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