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 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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
A Stunning New Adventure
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.
DVD Star Trek
Capt. Kirk and his trusted team on the starship USS Enterprise boldly go where no man has gone before in this installment of Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi franchise that follows the early days of the intergalactic adventurers. The crew includes Spock, Chekov, Uhura, Scotty and Sulu. Leonard Nimoy appears as an older version of Spock.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, Winona Ryder, Karl Urban, Bruce Greenwood, Anton Yelchin
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
They Reset Star-Trek
On earth a young James T. Kirk grows up in Iowa, having taken his stepfather's antique car and racing it down the road while a policeman on a flying motorcycle chases after him.
On Planet vulcan a young Spock is being tormented by bullies who tease him about his heritage.
Several years later they met at starfleet academy but not as friends. in the beginning they hated each other but later formed a friendship with each other and the rest of the fimaliar crew.
MC-Coy - Divorced. his wife took him to the cleaners. all he has left is his "Bones"
Scotty - exiled to a far off federation base after an incident with a failed transporter experiment and a fedreation counclemember's pet.
Uhura - walking in on her "green" girlfriend roomate and J.T Kirk going at it. etc..
You have to see this movie. it's a new take on the startrek series with much of what you love from the original series and some of the DVD deleted scenes explains much of the story line that needed an explanation in the movie.
There are a few things in the movie however I could have done without. in a few scenes there was a lot of grandstanding by the main characters. it was a major is a put off that will make you say "what the hell are they doing". It's one of the reasons I gave this DVD 4 out of 5 stars.
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