2018 Birthday Fave #1 – Star Trek (2009) – Encore Review 3

Today is my 44th Birthday and I can think of no better way for me to spend this day than to rewatch some of my all-time favorite films.  So sit back and enjoy reviews of some of my all-time favorites.

Let’s begin with….. Star Trek (2009)

“The purpose is to experience fear, fear in the face of certain death, to accept that fear, and maintain control of oneself and one’s crew. This is the quality expected in every Starfleet captain. ” – Spock

Number of Times Seen – 8 (Twice in Theater, twice on DVD, 23 April 2013, 2 Mar 2016, 14 Aug 2016 and 11 Jan 2018)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A Romulan war criminal from the future travels back in time to seek revenge upon the man responsible for his planet’s destruction.


If you have never seen this movie, I urge you to stop reading this post, read my three original non-spoiler reviews (linked Here, Here and Here), watch the movie and finally after you’ve seen it, absorbed it and even cheered a bit (I did all 8 times that I’ve watched it) then come back here for a review and analysis full of spoilers.

I have always been a bigger fan of Star Wars than Star Trek, but I also never thought that there should be any kind of animosity between the two franchises.

Star Trek takes place in our future and Star Wars takes place in a Galaxy far Far Away so there really isn’t any true conflict between the two different franchises and there shouldn’t be; it is possible to enjoy (and even love) both of these franchises without any conflict.

That being said, I was quite happy when I heard that this series was being rebooted by JJ Abrams.

He was able to inject so many new ideas and thrills into the storyline while still keeping to the basics of the stories that we have all loved about Kirk and his crew for the past 50+ years.

The choice to create an alternate reality was a great one because this way it doesn’t affect the previous timeline of events and more importantly doesn’t completely cancel them out.

This film deals heavily on the idea of destiny and the fact that the time line was changed doesn’t mean that the destinies of some of the main characters should be changed at all.

Kirk is still suppose to be Captain of the Enterprise, but his journey there and reason for wanting that command have been altered.

Instead of growing up with a father to support him and be proud of his achievement as Captain, in this new timeline, his father dies a hero on the day of Kirk’s birth.

The first ten minutes of this film are amazing and is so action packed that it remains one of the best scenes in any Star Trek film or TV show beforehand.

That is such an interesting way to start this new reboot because right away, we see that anything goes and that events will be changed.

The idea that people are destined to greatness no matter what happens in their lives is a great one and this film proves that it doesn’t matter what has changed, Kirk and Spock will still become the best of friends even if they get there in a very different way.

The whole cast for this reboot is excellent and they all seem plausible as their namesakes from the original series.

Chris Pine stands out tho as Kirk and will now always be known by me as Kirk no matter the role because he really personifies the best choice for the cocky yet assertive role; Kirk working with Wonder Woman, Kirk working as Jack Ryan, etc..

The plot has a few holes in it and Nero isn’t the best villain but they still manage to keep us on the edge of our seats no matter how many times we’ve seen it.

The special effects are superb and they do a great job of updating the Star Trek technology but still making it all seem within the parameters of the technology known from previous incarnations of this franchise.

The music is done really well because it is reminiscent of previous Star Trek music yet is updated and more upbeat.

I can’t wait for the next installment of this franchise to come out (hopefully next year!)

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  To prepare for his role as Captain James T. Kirk, Chris Pine watched classic episodes and read encyclopedias about the Star Trek (1966) universe. However, his research was rudimentary, as he wanted his performance to be original and not an imitation of William Shatner. He based his performance on Tom Cruise’s Maverick (Top Gun (1986)) and Harrison Ford’s Han Solo (Star Wars (1977)) and Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)), heroes who Pine felt possessed the archetypal hero qualities Kirk has (humor, arrogance, and decisiveness). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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7 thoughts on “2018 Birthday Fave #1 – Star Trek (2009) – Encore Review 3

  1. Happy Birthday, Rob! I also love both Star Wars and Star Trek, and yeah, there’s no reason for any tension between the fan bases. J.J. Abrams certainly knows how to revive beloved franchises, and he outdid himself with this one. I also hope they can keep Trek alive (though I do hope that it doesn’t get the Tarantino treatment, as rumored). Following this film’s example would be much better!


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