Movie Review – Star Trek – Excellent!

Star Trek (2009)

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before.

This is a true franchise reboot and quite easily the best film of 2009 so far, although the summer blockbusters haven’t really started coming out yet (Terminator Salvation – w00t) this is going to be hard to beat. Unsurprsingly it’s shot straight into IMDB top 250 at #71.

I have to admit I’m not a hardcore trekkie, never was and even after this movie I never will be. I used to watch the original Star Trek series and I enjoyed it a lot, I never got into TNG/DS9/Voyager and I haven’t watched any of the previous 10 Star Trek movies since The Final Frontier (which was terrible).

The casting was spot on, Chris Pine had the perfect swagger and charisma to play the cocky but heroic James Tiberius Kirk.

Some might have some trouble accepting Sylar (Zachary Quinto) as Spock but I thought he played the role very well, I love how they used a lot of figures from popular culture to play the well known characters.

I couldn’t wait to see Simon Pegg as Scotty and he really didn’t disappoint, I was a little surprised to see John Cho from Harold and Kumar as Sulu but it worked really well.

And of course Zoe Saldana was as hot as Uhura should be!

You really don’t have to be a trekkie to enjoy this film, it’s extremely well paced, everything is well explained, there are references for the Star Trek geeks but you can enjoy the film without knowing them.

The plot is good and it’s a really good setup for a new generation of Star Trek fans to be born. Reintroducing all the characters that are somewhat familiar to everyone and setting up the great chemistry between Kirk and Spock.

The cast are signed on for another 2 sequels so we can look forwards to the next one most probably in 2011.

I give it a movie of the year 9/10 – if you haven’t watched it yet go and do it NOW.

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16 Responses to Movie Review – Star Trek – Excellent!

  1. KY May 18, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    I’m beaming myself to the nearest theater, very soon!

  2. Myhorng May 18, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    wow, u give it a 9 also.

  3. Serge Norguard May 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    yes this is an excellent movie.

    Captain Pike : “Mr Sulu, did you release the parking brake?”

  4. Huai Bin May 18, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    Yeah, I loved this movie. I like the tagline too – The Future Begins. Terminator Salvation’s is The End Begins.

    I’m more of a TNG fan coz that was what was airing when I was 12-13 years old. 🙂

  5. Kabir May 19, 2009 at 3:05 am #

    Interesting review, loved the film and highly recommded.

  6. Mark Leo May 19, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    Agree with you every single bit on this review. Definitely a must see movie this year.

    Unless Transformer 2 is dead fantastic, I would safely say that this has been the best movie for 2009.

  7. Joey Logano Fan May 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    That’s what I keep hearing from everyone! That this movie is a must see!

    I still wonder what the impact is going to be a few months from now… and if it means that the star trek series itself will pick up some more fan base.

  8. Darren May 21, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    after hearing so much about, I watched it and it’s really worthy to watch.

  9. ShaolinTiger May 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    KY: Live long and prosper! \/

    Myhorng: It’s worth it leh, no?

    Serge Norguard: Haha yah, it was great – some funny moments too.

    Huai Bin: Was that the one with Patrick Stewart?

    Kabir: Thanks.

    Mark Leo: I think Transformers 2 will be awesome, seems like Terminator is a let down. Not sure what else is coming.

    Joey Logano Fan: Definitely a must see, don’t miss this one on the big screen.

    Darren: Yah go go watch.

  10. Huai Bin May 22, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    Yup, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his famous dome. 🙂

  11. Joey Logano Fan May 24, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    Just wanted to give an update… I went and saw Star Trek this weekend… I must say it was quite good! And for me…. better than the recently released Star Wars movie 😉

  12. Kit Kat May 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    Don’t know why Star Trek doesn’t interest me at all. Same goes to Star Wars. Perhaps, it’s my DNA problem. Maybe I can try watching it if anyone pay for the ticket. Anyone? Shaolin Tiger? :p

  13. ShaolinTiger May 28, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    Huai Bin: Saw a few episodes during those times, wasn’t a huge fan tho.

    Joey Logano Fan: Great, glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    Kit Kat: Hahaha, go try watch it la, it’s great for non-trekkies.

  14. ninaf June 11, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    anyone who liked this movie you have to go see it in IMAX! I saw it last night at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ and it was awesome ! i def recommend seeing the IMAX version, esp there because they have the biggest one in the nation. Even if you saw it go see it again in IMAX.

  15. ShaolinTiger June 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    ninaf: Sounds awesome, must be worth a watch on IMAX for sure.

  16. Elise June 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    I actually didn’t really planned to go see the movie as I always liked the series rather than the movies for Star Trek… but after reading yr review, I thought I’d give it a try and I’m very glad I did… The movie is fabulous!!!

    really brought back my childhood memories of watching the Star Trek series on tv from W. Shatner/Leonard Nimoy when I was a wee young thing to TNG, Voyager… *sigh* good times..