Never Too Soon For Star Trek To Be Reborn Again!
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 (Eric Bane) 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.
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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.
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Fantastic movie! Action packed, more like the what Star Trek movies should have been for the Star Trek: Next Generation movies or more like Star Trek II: Wratch of Khan, Star Trek III , Voyage Home and Undiscovered Country. As a long time Star Trek fan I had to be a bit open minded about the change in continuity by the often overused time travel plot device, although in this instance this will allow the writers and producers of future Star Trek films create brand new story lines and adventures without sticking to the strict letter of well know Star Trek TOS Historical canon. I appreciated that actor Chris Pine did not attempt to play Captain Kirk as a young William Shatner and instead made the character his own. Kudos as well to Zachary Quinto for embracing the Spock character, giving it his own dimension instead of just doing some Leonard Nimoy impression. Karl Urban on the other hand, seemed as though he were chanelling the spirit of the long departed DeForest Kelley, playing Dr. McCoy with the same accent, facial ticks and expressions. Bones in this film remains the same emotional, neurotic, space-travel phobic curmudgeon us old guys remember from TOS. How about that Leonard Nimoy? He is the originator of many of the character traits and cultural ideals that we hold true for all Vulcans in the Star Trek Universe and he has still got it nailed down 40 years later.
Some many times I have purchases the Blu Ray version of movie based on word of mounth having not even seen the movie in the theaters and then been disappointed, (i.e Plante of the Apes) this was definitely worth the money, a fine addition to my DVD Collection and I highly recommend it to all Sci-Fi Fans, and especially Star Trek fans, even those who are really, really attached to the existing known Star Trek universe that should never change.
BOLDLY GOING ON
So this is basicly the movie that starts in beginning of time as far as when all the original crew we know and love have come together.
Eric banna who plays the enemy leader is superb and so are Christopher pine who portrays James Tiberius Kirk.
For those of us who slept thru the original Star trek the movie, this one offers spectacular colors and action as well as the humor that "Bones" has always been known for. Also onr of our beloved original characters has a part in the movie...for those of you who have not seen it, I will not spoil it for you.
Originaly I had just the regular dvd, but knew at firt look I needed it to be on Blu-ray. I have made it so.
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Lots of features. Love it and Can't stop watching it!
Bought this for my daughter for Christmas and since we got a new Blu-ray player for her Dad for christmas , she knew to get the Blu-ray version. This movie is now a favorite in our house and We are now hooked on Blu-ray. the sound quality and picture are so good we felt like we were in the theatre. we love that you can get these pop up menus to see all these extra features and the behind the scene stuff is interactive. we watched the movie first without any commentary and it went by so fast. we were not sure if we would like it being old trekkie fans, but they did a great job with it.it made my daughter a trekkiefan. she was so interested in the characters we had to go and get copies of all the original star trek movies(6 of them)so she could see how close they made the younger versions true to the originals. so we had a star trek marathon in our house. great that she can have digital copy put on her computer and itouch as well. would recomend this to anyone. very enjoyable movie, it was fun to watch.
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