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Star Trek

Star Trek

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Director: J.J. Abrams

Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy


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Mission: Impossible III director and Alias creator J.J. Abrams resurrects the classic science fiction franchise created by Gene Roddenberry with this feature film that embraces the rich history of the influential television and film series while also


Mission: Impossible III director and Alias creator J.J. Abrams resurrects the classic science fiction franchise created by Gene Roddenberry with this feature film that embraces the rich history of the influential television and film series while also exploring some uncharted territory. Heroes star Zachary Quinto assumes the role of the Federation Starfleet lieutenant and Vulcan made famous in the original series by Leonard Nimoy (who also appears in an older incarnation of his original role), Spock, with Anton Yelchin stepping into the role of USS Enterprise navigator Pavel Chekov, Zoe Saldana assuming the role of communications officer Uhura, Simon Pegg keeping the ship in top shape as chief engineer Montgomery Scott (aka "Scotty"), and Eric Bana tormenting the benevolent space explorers as the villainous Nero. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle co-star John Cho also boards the Enterprise as Hikaru Sulu, with Chris Pine and Karl Urban assuming the legendary roles of Captain Kirk and Leonard "Bones" McCoy, respectively.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
There are precious few things in the realm of entertainment that could bring Trekkers and casual sci-fi fans together in geeky harmony, making J.J. Abrams' invigorating Star Trek reboot one of the rare Hollywood commodities that's actually worth getting excited about. Just a few short years ago, it seemed as if the Star Trek universe had gone supernova, exploding into itself with the divisive Next Generation feature Star Trek: Nemesis and the cancellation of the Emmy Award-winning Enterprise. What a difference a few years can make... Fun, funny, exhilarating, and occasionally touching, Star Trek gives Gene Roddenberry's enduring sci-fi series a much-needed shot in the arm (or, perhaps more appropriately, the neck). Likewise, it may be important to note that this is the first new chapter in the series to debut theatrically rather than on television, because this could be the key to winning over the potential new fans who may be more willing to buy a ticket to a movie rather than committing to an extended television run from the onset. If pressed, even die-hard Trekkers will likely admit that the Star Trek franchise has yielded mixed results over the years, though if Abrams and company can keep up the kind of giddy momentum on display here, there's a real chance that the series will have its strongest run since The Next Generation hit its stride in the early '90s. The story gets under way as a Romulan vessel intercepts a Federation starship. The captain of that Romulan ship is Nero (Eric Bana). There seems to be some confusion on Nero's part as to what the actual stardate is, and after unsuccessfully inquiring as to the whereabouts of a Vulcan named Spock, Nero slays the Federation captain and launches an all-out attack on his ship. As a result, First Officer George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth) is promoted to captain and attempts to fend off the vengeful Romulan while his crew -- including his pregnant wife, who's just gone into labor -- abandons ship. Flash forward years later to find that the child born on that fateful day is James Tiberius Kirk. Not only does Kirk have a rebellious streak, he also has some daddy issues and a severe problem with authority. Challenged by Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) to prove himself by becoming a Federation captain, Kirk (Chris Pine) accepts and promises to accomplish his goal in record time. When the Federation receives a distress signal from planet Vulcan during a hearing to decide whether Kirk cheated on his final test at the academy, his friend Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban) sneaks him aboard the USS Enterprise as it sets out on its maiden voyage. What the crew finds upon arriving at Vulcan will not only set the stage for Kirk to prove himself as a competent captain, but will also bring together the classic crew that includes First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto), Communications Officer Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Helmsman Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), Navigator Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin), and Engineer Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg) for their first mission together. When the final shot in the trailer is one of the opening shots of the film, it's a good indicator that the filmmakers are confident in their product. Regardless of how closely you've studied the trailers or how much you know about the plot, Star Trek still has its fair share of surprises for Trekkers and series newcomers alike. It opens with an act of heartbreaking heroism amidst an explosive space battle, and skillfully leaps forward to explore the origins of Kirk and Spock in a way that doesn't sacrifice story for momentum. From the moment a young Kirk dashes down the freeway in a vintage convertible blasting the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," it's obvious that this isn't your father's Star Trek, and it sets the stage for us to expect the unexpected. Like an artist reinterpreting a familiar song but instilling it with enough nuance to make it his own, Abrams remains faithful to the original mythology while adding some new touches that keep the movie fresh and exciting. This careful balance is accomplished in part by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's clever script, which opens the door for subtle change by incorporating time travel into the story. Though this element can seem somewhat muddled in an opening third-act scene where Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy) explains Nero's tragic roots to an incredulous Kirk, it isn't long before the pieces start falling into place and the action picks back up. Orci and Kurtzman keep the stakes high but never resist the urge to have a little fun with the characters, and therein lies much of Star Trek's widely appealing charm. The relationship between Kirk and Bones, in particular, gives the film much of its humor, with a goofy sight gag early on nearly careening into straight comedy. Still, when the going gets tough for the Enterprise crew, we get plenty of those familiar "chaos on the bridge" shots, and despite all the sound and fury of certain scenes, it's Abrams' occasional use of silence that gives the film some of its most powerful moments. The Star Trek series is known for its colorful characters, who are here as vivid as ever thanks to a talented cast that would rather fully inhabit their characters than emulate the actors who originated them. Pine makes Kirk's swagger unmistakable, though he doesn't seem interested in carrying over William Shatner's notoriously stilted delivery, and "Live Long and Prosper" has never sounded as much like "F**k you" as when Quinto's Spock delivers the famous line to a prejudiced Vulcan council. As the primary villain, Nero, Bana really doesn't have much to do but look intense and occasionally flip out, but when it comes to the Enterprise crew each character gets his or her moment to shine. The main thrust of the story is the burgeoning friendship between Kirk and Spock that will ultimately help both to realize their destinies. But while Pine and Quinto are the primary focus of the film, the performances are strong all around, particularly in the cases of Urban and Yelchin, who are consistently fun to watch whenever they're onscreen. Traditionally, science fiction films tend to be a bit dark -- no surprise since they're frequently set on a desolated planet or somewhere in deep space. By filling Abrams' Star Trek with plenty of light, color, and lens flares, cinematographer Daniel Mindel gives the film a unique look. In addition to bringing aboard frequent collaborators Orci, Kurtzman, and editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, Abrams enlists Lost and Mission: Impossible III composer Michael Giacchino to score the film. By borrowing elements of previous Star Trek scores and folding them into his own inspired compositions, Giacchino manages to simultaneously evoke feelings of nostalgia and excitement right from the opening scene. Watching Star Trek, we get the sense that we're actually witnessing the birth of something new rather than the flogging of a dead Tribble. It fulfills its promise of rebooting the series while leaving us wanting more, and it does so with style and energy to spare. Now that's an origins tale that truly delivers.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Pine James Kirk
Zachary Quinto Spock
Leonard Nimoy Spock Prime
Eric Bana Capt. Nero
Bruce Greenwood Capt. Christopher Pike
Karl Urban Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Zoe Saldana Uhura
Simon Pegg Scotty
John Cho Sulu
Anton Yelchin Pavel Checkov
Winona Ryder Amanda Grayson
Chris Hemsworth George Kirk
Clifton Collins Ayel
Ben Cross Sarek
Tyler Perry Adm. Richard Barnett
Jennifer Morrison Winona Kirk
Jimmy Bennett James Kirk (young)
Darlena Tejeiro Flight Officer
Rachel Nichols Gaila
Amanda Foreman Hannity
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry Starfleet Computer

Technical Credits
J.J. Abrams Director,Producer
Maryann Brandon Editor
Bryan Burk Executive Producer
Scott A. Chambliss Production Designer
Jeffrey Chernov Executive Producer
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Michael Giacchino Score Composer
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Alex Kurtzman Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Damon Lindelof Producer
Mary Jo Markey Editor
Dan Mindel Cinematographer
Roberto Orci Executive Producer,Screenwriter

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Commentary by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci; Nasa news


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Star Trek 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 146 reviews.
pinkrose More than 1 year ago
I am a Star Trek fan since the original series with Shatner and Nimoy. I've watched most of the movies and knew this one was reprising the original roles with new young actors I was afraid they could not fill the formidible shoes of the original cast. They were very talented actors and made the roles their own. Kudo's to the new Spock. His performance stood out. All the cast was great. I liked the way it showed the early lives of the main characters till they got on the Starship Enterprise. There was also a new romance that added some spice. I recommend this to all Trekies and sc-fi fans and yes the special effects were better than expected. I hope for more sequels soon and some Tribbles!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lucky to win tickets to this movie through a radio station. Was I ever grateful! I would have definitely paid to see this no questions asked! I absolutely loved this movie. I even saw it at an IMAX theater, which made the experience even more amazing. I will absolutely purchase this movie and watch it a few more times!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a die hard Star Trek fan, and was extremely nervous the closer it came to the movie's release date. The more I heard about the film, the more I was sure that Abrams missed the mark. I enjoy Abrams' work, I just wasn't sure that an admitted Star Wars fan could understand Star Trek. I was wrong. The storyline sets the action and characters up for more freedom than I though possible, but even though a wide range of liberties is allowed by the opening plot device, Abrams, Pine, and the others manage to hit the mark with their characters. I LOVED this movie, and think that it has breathed new life into the series. Simply put - it was fantastic, and I cannot wait for another entry. A must see!
mosavee More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting, visually stunning movie. It moves along at a very crisp pace, and seems shorter than its 2hr, 6 min. The plot and script are very inclusive of Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike. Hopefully, there will be at least 2 more sequels. I can't wait!
NEG More than 1 year ago
For Not_Impressed dude you need to get a grip. They remade the series for the younger generation at the same time trying to keep with the old. I am a trekkie at heart. I love the way the younger versions of the original characters stayed true to the old characters personality. Plus the update in costumes stayed very close to the original, along with the sounds of the ship, but giving it a high teck look. Over all this was one of the best movies I have ever seen in a while and stays very close and true to the original version of Star Trek. Its got action, comedy, and romance plus it has a few surprises for the original Trekkies out there.
Nuideas More than 1 year ago
Finally, a Star Trek film par excellent! I loved the original episode, really liked The Next Generation, but the quality somehow began dwindling after that . . . and the movies. <sigh> With the exception of The Wrath of Khan, the movies have lacked (usually a plot), until this gem. I was thrilled that the actors chosen looked and acted true to the original characters, and with the exception of that Spock/Uhura thing (What the heck was THAT?) the entire movie experience was wonderful. I also liked that they stayed true to the look of the original series. I took my daughter with me, who has never watched anything Star Trek, and she became an instant fan. They could so easily follow this movie up with another series (using the same actors, I would hope) because the history of the original series has been changed dramatically. Or another movie like this one - I'd definitely would be there! I've been to every one, but I would be excited this time. "Spock" and "McCoy" were especially great, though Uhura's character could use a little professionalism and keep her lips to herself.
iWrite16 More than 1 year ago
Though having been a sci-fi fan my entire life, I had never really had much interest in Star Trek until I saw this movie. This movie is phenomenal! It really plays off of actual scientific theories and human psychology, not to mention the incredibly gifted cast and unique plot. Star Trek will have you on the edge of your seat from the beginning and leave you wanting more at the end!
readersreader More than 1 year ago
I am in no way shape or form a Trekkie. In fact, I must admit that I shy away from most science fiction movies. I was expecting to be bored while I watched this movie with a friend. However, I found this movie enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised by the movie. It was entertaining; there were hardly any obligatory sex scenes or cussing. The special effects were believable and the storyline was surprisingly humorous. There are a lot of one liners. The blooper reel was pretty great also.
Not_Impressed More than 1 year ago
This movie was a disappointment. The reasons? Kirk as a boy made me shudder. Scotty's new "space monkey" sidekick made me wonder when the chief engineer was going to break out an organ grinder and a tin cup. Spock's "futuristic" ship made me wonder why they didn't simply put a propeller on the rear. Scotty beaming (accidentally) into a hydro-turbine makes as much sense on a starship powered by a matter-anti-matter reaction as a group of midshipmen madly pedaling stationary bicycle generators on board a modern nuclear submarine. The acting held only a few glimmers of appeal. The new "McCoy" and "Chekov" managed to prop up the film in that regard. Leonard Nimoy was a welcome addition, although he could be wheeled onto a Star Trek set and required only to wink at the camera to satisfy most fans of the original series. What is next, given this schlock approach to a once venerable Sci-fi franchise? Will the young Kirk's new five year mission be comprised of broadcasts of interplanetary cooking shows that he hosts from orbit from a professional kitchen on board the new Enterprise? (Somehow, Rodenberry knew how incompatible cooking is with good Sci-fi.) I wonder how long those who created this "Galaxy Quest with Star Trek Characters" will need to reintroduce hanging carcasses and meat cleavers. I do hope they find a better script for any future films in this series, and avoid more, ridiculous uniform changes and character additions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this altered universe into which these characters were cast. I have seen every episode of every series and all the movies and I will add this one to my collection. These actors do an excellent job of recreating the original charzcters while giving a bit of themselves. The special effects are tremendous. As long as you realize this is not Mom's Star Trek - I think you will do fine.
bookwormWA More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie... I have watched every Star Trek Movie that has come out and every episode of every show... ok ok im a fan... but this movie is so good its fantastic.. Its like the original series with its fast action and interpersonal drama. It changes the way things were in the original... making it a new experience. Reviving an old friend into something freash .. new.. and exiciting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie has countless plot holes and flaws. It makes zero sense and deliberately dumps/rejects everything that Star Trek has been. The cast is trying to imitate the characters from the original series, and failing completely. Often they come across as knock offs, or as insults to original characters. Kirk is a an over grown child. Spock is EMOTIONAL. Bones is almost unwilling to be in Star Fleet. Uhura is Spock's girlfriend. Scotty was outclassed in engineering by Old Spock. Usually I hate agreeing with the Bad Guys, but this is an exception. To quote Nero " James T Kirk was considered to be a Great Man, but that was another life." The only reason this crew survived the movie is because Old Spock saved them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A STAR TREK film that started out with some promise but in the end let me down. Parts of it built up to something interesting yet at a certain moment the film just did what it thought was a clever reverse of THE WRATH OF KHAN. After that the film just lost me in it's of I am so clever moments. I hope the next film somehow forgets this one and becomes a great TREK film.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Pretty good with a good cast and effects.
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InsaneCrazedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
one seriously amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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