Star Trek

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Star Trek reignites a classic franchise with action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals, and will please traditional Trekkies and new fans alike.

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Aboard the USS Enterprise, the most-sophisticated starship ever built, a novice crew embarks on its maiden voyage. Their path takes them on a collision course with Nero (Eric Bana), a Romulan commander whose mission of vengeance threatens all mankind. If humanity would survive, a rebellious young officer named James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and a coolly logical Vulcan named Spock (Zachary Quinto) must move beyond their rivalry and find a way to defeat Nero before it is too late.

Cast

Chris Pine
as James Kirk
Leonard Nimoy
as Old Spock
Karl Urban
as Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
Ben Cross
as Sarek
Bruce Greenwood
as Christopher Pike
Simon Pegg
as Scotty
John Cho
as Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Zoe Saldana
as Lt. Nyota Uhura
Anton Yelchin
as Pavel Chekov
Winona Ryder
as Amanda Grayson
Chris Hemsworth
as George Kirk
Jennifer Morrison
as Winona Kirk
Jimmy Bennett
as Young James Kirk
Tyler Perry
as Admiral Richard Barnett
Darlena Tejeiro
as Flight Officer
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All Critics (351) | Top Critics (64) | Fresh (331) | Rotten (20)

  • You do get a sense, despite all the other attempts to re-do Star Trek, that this lot boldly go where no man has gone before, and that Abrams has reinvented the series without murdering everything that has gone before.

    May 8, 2009 | Rating: 4/5
  • Highly illogical but entertaining as hell.

    May 7, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • I can name exactly three and a half things "Star Trek" gets wrong -- and I can name about a thousand that Abrams and his cast and crew get absolutely, pitch-perfect, elegantly right.

    May 7, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Quinto is the one person here who may leave teen-aged viewers more perplexed than puffed up; he somehow rebukes the movie's whole obsession with backstory and immaturity by seeming riper and wiser than the charmless folly that is spun around him.

    May 7, 2009 | Full Review…
  • It is pleasant to report that though it's not perfect, the reconstituted Star Trek is successful enough for everyone to breathe a sigh of relief.

    May 7, 2009 | Full Review…
  • It boldly goes somewhere different and makes it hard to leave the film not hoping for a return voyage soon.

    May 7, 2009 | Rating: B+

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  • Aug 14, 2016
    Thanks to sleek direction and a strong script, Star Trek is the true definition of a blockbuster - managing to both satisfy longtime fans while appealing to all demographics with fun and intense action with some of the best visual effects ever put to screen.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2016
    It came as a shock to many people when it was announced that Paramount Pictures would make a new "Star Trek" movie that would reboot the franchise. But when the movie came out, pretty much everybody agreed that it was pretty good. This movie is awesome! J.J. Abrams managed to make a movie with some incredible acting and a really good story. The new actors were all pretty good and, of course, Leonard Nimoy who returned to play the older version of Spock proved that he still got it. The weaknesses of this movie are the visual effects when it comes to the creatures and then the villain who is incredibly weak. I didn't think that they had gave him a good reason for him to do what it is that he does. However, I still love this movie and I can't wait to see where this franchise will be going.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2016
    Plenty Star Trek super fans stand by the notion that the rebooted/re-imagination that J.J. Abrams brought us in 2009 should not be considered canon or even a part of the franchise. I tend to believe Abrams did right by the franchise's history and pathed the correct way to take the series. That's not to say the film doesn't ask its audience to take some leaps of faith, they certainly do. Beginning with an entirely new cast of actors playing iconic characters. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Simon Pegg, and the late Anton Yelchin surrounded the film with impressive young talent. Luckily, they all fit right in with the actors who previously played the crew of the Starship Enterprise, while also bringing a fresh new face to the front of the franchise. Much like 2015's The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams took a relatively simple and safe approach to revamping the series with Star Trek. Take the villain for example, Nero, he's a vengeful leader of a race who demands payback against those who wronged him. In this case those people are one, in Spock. Though Eric Bana is unrecognizable and quite good as Nero, he's sort of an antagonist doing antagonistic things just so that Kirk and Spock can have something to overcome. As it is a reimagining of sorts for the crew, we get to see Spock, Kirk, and even Uhura in places we've never seen them, both physically and emotionally. I particularly enjoyed the much more involved Uhura, though I'm not sure she needed to have a romantic relationship with Spock. But it does also provide us with a more unplugged version of Spock, though obviously still emotionally guarded. In all, the characters still feel like the same old Enterprise characters from the old films and series, just with a fresh spin. And that's okay Trek fans. Of course, there are quite a few gaps in the storytelling. After a highly emotional beginning with a great expanded cameo from Chris Hemsworth (up and comer at the time), I don't think the film ever reaches those gut punching heights, so from that angle, the film doesn't necessarily succeed. At other times, events happen that aren't explained well enough and warrant perhaps too much suspension of disbelief. With that said, once Leonard Nimoy steps into the film, everything begins to make a bit more sense and the entire film takes a leap forward in quality as well. It just takes a little bit to get to that point. This Star Trek reboot is far from perfect, but it's certainly nowhere near the 'dismal' quality some 'Trekkies' deem it. +The Kirk and Spock relationship is the krux of the story +Uhura's role amped up +J.J. reinvigorated the series -Some conveniences -Never hits the emotional heights of the first segment 8.0/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    This was a very very very smart way to reboot the franchise, especially with concern to using the characters from the original series. Very effective job by the actors. Zachary Quinto steals the show as "the new timeline Spock." It's amazing, the script that this team of writers can put together when directed by a quality director (they also wrote the first Transformers).
    Patrick W Super Reviewer

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