Star Trek

"Your father was captain of a Starship for 12 minutes. He saved 800 lives, including your mother's and yours. I dare you to do better."    - Admiral Pike

release year: 2009
genre: science fiction action
viewing setting: home Bluray 10/12/13 and cruise ship cabin, 4/13/10 and theater, 5/16/09

synopsis: In this prequel, the familiar Enterprise crewpeople meet for the first time and have to stop a renegade Romulan who's destroying planets.

impressions: This was good, as well as designed to satisfy all audiences - long-time Star Trek fans as well as people who'd never seen any of it before. It succeeded on all levels. The acting was good, and many of the perfomances were dead-on. The special effects were outstanding. The story was a little contrived at times, but still strong. They even worked in the "old" Spock and found a way to free this movie (and potential sequels) from "old" Star Trek continuity.

something this movie has that no other movie has: A drill that injects planets with "red matter" which causes them to implode.

acting: Chris Pine is great as a young Kirk. Zachary Quinto is also great as a young Spock. Karl Urban is McCoy, Simon Pegg is Scotty, Zoe Saldana is Uhura, John Cho is Sulu, Anton Yelchin is Chekov. All of the "supporting" main characters are given major roles and significant actions to perform that are important to the plot. Eric Bana is the bad guy, and Leonard Nimoy is a very aged Spock.

final word: Outstanding reboot of a successful franchise.

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