Movie review – Star Trek (2009)

I’ll start by saying that I’m not a Trekkie. JT is, though, and I am SO glad that I got to see Star Trek (the JJ Abrams opera magistra) with him. I have watched some of the various Star Trek films and TV series. And since I’m not a trekkie, I don’t feel comfortable asking whether the film’s reinvention does fulfill the requirements of traditional Star Trek canon. But if you want my opinion, this was a superbly executed film. Star Trek made me feel as though the impossible is possible (corny as that may sound).

The chemistry amongst all the movie stars is palpable. James Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are so perfect in their performances it’s almost magical. I hope not to sound trite or too gushy, but really each character (Scotty, Uhura, Zulu, McCoy) were instrumental in the development of the movie. While relatively centered around Kirk and Spock, Abrams does a superb job of giving ample space for other characters to develop their own storylines.

Of course, there were moments where my whole skin got goosebumps. For example, when Spock goes down to Vulcan to try to save his parents and he commands to be beamed, I remembered my childhood watching some of the Star Trek episodes… “ENERGIZE”. Overall, my experience with Star Trek was fantastic, and I would definitely watch it again.

If you have seen Star Trek, what did you think of it? And if you haven’t yet watched it, do you plan to? Are you a Trekker (or a Trekkie)?

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Comments (5)

Michelle ClausiusMay 25th, 2009 at 8:56 am

I consider myself a mild Trekker – barely remember the original series but loved The Next Generation and all the movies.

I loved this movie for many of the reasons you listed. The actors managed to make the characters recognizable without it feelings like they were simply imitating them. I particularly loved Quinto’s Spock – it was amazing to see the emotion below the surface.

paulMay 25th, 2009 at 9:40 am

i’m a pretty big fan of most star trek series (excluding voyager and DS9), and i loved the movie! super action packed! and true enough to the story-line of star trek, without sticking so much to it that it was boring.

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James StrocelMay 25th, 2009 at 11:37 am

I like how they managed to link it to the original, yet give itself complete license to do things completely differently.

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Vincent NgMay 25th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I’ve watched Star Trek TNG and a few of the episodes afterward, but I was quite excited about the new Star Trek Movie that came out. I had heard good reviews about it. What I liked about the movie was that it was exciting, and there weren’t any loopholes in the story line. Personally I would recommend people to definitely go watch it, whether you are a Star Trek fan or not.

TStrumpMay 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

I have to agree – I enjoyed the movie and have seen it twice already.
Scotty kind of got on my nerves initially, but I’m slowly getting used to him.
Great special effects and I was surprised by the relationship between Spock and Uhura.

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