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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Star Trek (2009) ~ The Future Begins ~ The Next Gereration?

Running Time: 127 minutes
Genre: SciFi, Action/Adventure
Director: J.J. Abrams
Rating: PG13

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

As the movie opens, the USS Kelvin is in the fight of it's life. If it doesn't escape, all aboard will died. And unknown enemy is charging weapons, requesting the Kelvin's Captain to brought aboard...He knows it's an one-way trip, and leaves young George Kirk in charge. There can be no surrender, no escape...but the Kelvin can try to take as many of the enemy with them as they can...a course is laid in for impact with the enemy vessel.

As young George perishes with the Kelvin, a new line is being born, James Tiberius Kirk has arrived to reek his own form of havoc. Young James has problems staying under the radar of the local authorities and this doesn't change with age. He's rebellious without the influence of his parents. His mother has had trouble accepting George's death and she keeps herself busy off planet. But maybe joining Starfleet is what the doctor ordered.

James Kirk has many obstacles to overcome to become the man he needs to be, to live up to the memory of George. But he's smart, clever, and irresistible. During his time at the academy, he meets people that will become his friends for life, including Bones, Uhura, and Spock. At first, not all of them see eye to eye, most would like to kick his ass, but there's that irresistible factor.

He's supposed to be suspended for cheating the Kobayashi Maru; the test that is impossible to win. He takes it's three times, but the third times the charm...or is it? Just as he's put on suspension, the enemy that killed his father appears to be on it's way to Vulcan, part of the Federation.

Nero, a Romulan mining ship captain, is out to avenge the death of his family and planet; to do so, he'll kill anyone who gets in the way of his ultimate goal --- to make one S'chn T'gai, better known as Ambassador Spock of Starfleet command watch as his home planet of Vulcan is destroyed. It would seem he holds Spock Prime responsible for the destruction of his home planet, Romulus, which was accidentally destroyed by the using of a powerful explosive called Red Matter(some 25 years in the future), and Nero plans to use it on Vulcan, quickly to follow will be Earth, as the head of the Federation.

As the Enterprise heads in to intercept the as yet unknown enemy, Captain Pike discovers James Kirk has gotten himself above his vessel, and decides that right now, Starfleet needs all the help it can get, even if it means having a suspended student on board. When the enemy is encounter, it is again demanded that the captain brought aboard the enemy vessel to be tortured and killed. And Captain Pike leaves the young Kirk as second in command, behind Commander Spock.

I have to say this is the best freaking movie I've seen in a long time. I've tried not to give any spoilers that aren't already out on the internet. There is way more to the story and the ending is superb. It was amazingly well done, the special effects outstanding, the script gripping and compelling. This is not just a prequel to the series or the movies, it is re-adaptation of Gene Roddenberry's idea; a re-conceiving of what Star Trek could be. This movie changes the storyline of original show and all the movies to date that have followed and leaves the field wide open for this new storyline to continue. In the original series, James Kirk's father lives and influences his life. He grows up a farm in Iowa surrounded by his family. In this incarnation of Star Trek, James is a loner, in trouble with authorities, living with relatives who really don't want him. It's Captain Pike's suggestion for him to join Star Fleet and prove he can live up to his father's memory.

Original Captan James T. Kirk played by William Shatner.

James T. Kirk played by Chris Pane.

All the characters from the show are introduced into this movie. Captain Pike in the original show from the 60's, was so damaged in an accident with Delta radiation that his body was all but destroyed and he lives life from inside of a box on wheels. Captain Pike in this showing is a virile man able to hold young Kirk's interest and command his attention. He was the one of the first commanding officers of the Enterprise in both the movie and the show. In the series, he's Spock's commanding officer.

The original Captain Christopher Pike, surviving life in a box.

Captain Christopher Pike played by Bruce Greenwood.

On the bridge of the Enterprise with Cadet Kirk, Bones, and Sulu.

The origins of Kirk's friends are discovered in this movie as well. Bones and Uhura are at the academy with him, as well as Sulu and Chekov. Spock is young in Vulcan years, but has still attained the position of instructor at Starfleet Academy. He's the one who wanted Kirk suspended for cheating. They don't like to be in the same room together, let alone on the same ship. Spock is much more personable, showing his love for Uhura. Scotty comes into the picture as a stranded Starfleet officer assigned to a mining planet as punishment for arguing warp theory. But the Enterprise needs his brain if they are to defeat this enemy.

Spock and Uhura - a love story played by Zachary Quinto and Zoë Saldana.

Chekov played by Anton Yelchin, Kirk played by Chris Pane, Scotty played by Simon Pegg, Sulu played by John Cho, and Bones played by Carl Urban.

Nero played by Eric Bana - Can anyone see the incredible hulk here?

The Starship Enterprise, newly outfitted and ready for service.

This trailer shows the original Spock (Leonard Nimoy) who plays reprises his role in this movie known as Spock Prime.

The characters that makes up this fantastic movie, Star Trek.

This is another trailer released for this kick-ass movie.

Here's a peek at the international movie poster.


Anonymous said...

This is a movie I am craving to watch! Loved this series and have been a fan from way back...gosh, I am old! ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey Dottie!! I remember my dad watching Star Trek all the time when I was little. His nickname is actually Spock. (I think it's because he had pointy looking ears as a kid, lol) But in any event, thanks for all the info!!! The movie looks great.

Unknown said...

Hi J. Kaye!

Me too, I love the old episodes and watched all the new shows...I feel like one of the originals Trekkies.

I kept saying that this was an amazing movie and my hubs just kept rolling his eyes. He know I Star Trek crazy!

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Barbara!

My dad used to watch the show too. He converted me into the fan I am today! I still watch the original episodes every once in a while, whenever I come across them, usually on TV land. So funny to watch them now!

Dottie :)

Blodeuedd said...

is Eric Bana also in this one....I so wanna see Quinto and Urban. I should, shouldn't. Hard to decide, the bf is set on Terminator, but honestly I am leaning towards ST

Michelle Greathouse said...


Hubby and I are eagerly awaiting this movie. :)

Thank you for the wonderful review and the awesome pictures.


Unknown said...

Hi Bloeduedd!

I want to see both too, but honestly Star Trek was so good, that I would go see it again. But here, in Illinois, on Tuesday they have five dollar movie nights with includes the price of popcorn, so it's not such a pain to pay to go. We always do a date night and go to a movie. It only cost $15.00 for both of us with popcorn and pop! (usually the price of one ticket, downside, you have to go to the movies during the work week) Nice to go without kids.

I can't talk the hubs into seeing Terminator or Wolverine, my kids have seen both though and they really like them.

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Michelle!

Go tonight! Sooo good! Actually, go whenever it's the cheapest! We did, Tuesday night movie night. I can't even begin to say how good this movie was. I tried not to use any spoiler, but the movie does change the storyline as we know it. I kept turning to my hubs and saying this movie is so freaking good. He started to get I can't wait for it to be released on DVD, definitely one I'm going to pick up.

Dottie :)

Blanche said...

Hi Dottie!!

My hubby and son went to see this one and they both loved it, said it was fantastic!!! I'll have to wait for it to come out on DVD before I see it, can't wait!! :)

VampFanGirl said...

Fantastic Review Dottie!

I can tell that you know your Star Trek facts. I've never seen the show or the movies but I'm seriously thinkin' about watching this new one when it comes out on DVD. This might be because I think Chris Pane is freakin' HOT!!!

:) VFG

Unknown said...

Hi Blanche!

It was soo good, definitely worth the price of admission! I'm going to pick up when it's release on DVD, I'd love to have it on Blu-Ray, but only the kids' game player has Blu-Ray. The effects was fantastic! The storyline was great!

Dottie :)

Unknown said...


My dad used to watch Star Trek and he kind of sucked me in with him. I've seen every episode and so have my kids. I think they're sick of it! LOL!

Chris Pane is freaking hot in this movie, the new storyline is unbelievable good, the effects spectacular. I just enjoyed it all!

Dottie :)

Amy C said...

Oh, thank you for this write up, Dottie! I have been wondering about this movie and you cleared up my initial's not just another movie but a prequel to the original series!! How neat. I wasn't aware of that, but I never thought to look further into it either :).

I am definitely watching this when it comes out on DVD!

Unknown said...

Hi Amy!

It's definitely a prequel to the original series, in fact it changes everything we know about the series. It was sooo good, I can't wait for it to come out on DVD too.

Thanks Amy!

(I really enjoyed yesterday's post, btw)

Dottie :)

Amy C said...

I just looked to see if it's still in the theaters and it is. There are still a few showings, I'm going to try to go tomorrow to the 1 pm showing. You've got me very excited to see this. I actually saw the third and the fourth one at the theater. It would be cool to take Devin. I was about his age when I saw the third one at the Drive-In.

Thank you for liking my post yesterday. I did post another part today :).

Unknown said...

Hi Amy!

I think Devon is going to love it as long as he loves action/adventure!!

There are so many cool effects, there's a part where a young James (like pre-teen) gets to drive this supped up future type speed car, Devon ought to LOVE that, no ideas about taking Mom's car out for a spin!

The story is just so good, he's probably not seen too much of the different series, so it'll be all new to him.

Have fun Amy and let me know what you think!


Dottie :)

(I'm heading to your blog to check out the next part!)

Raine said...

I couldn't get enough of the film that I had to buy the novelization. :D There were so many hints (just by watching the actors faces) or the scenes direction that I wanted to see how it was written on the book since I have no access to an actual script. :D I just bought the DVD and for the life of me my player chose the time to go to fritzville. I have to save to buy a new player. lolz. Fanfiction buzzed around Spock and Uhura. There were a couple of good ones in there that I chose to read mostly the adventure stories are well written. I'm looking forward to the sequel.:) I don't know much of the original series but I was familiar enough to know who's who. :D I grew liking ST:TNG universe so knowing the predecessor was bound to happen. I thought JJ Abrams made good casting choices. :D

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