Star Trek (2009) – Encore Review 4


“Spock, you are fully capable of deciding your own destiny. The question you face is: which path will you choose? This is something only you can decide.” – Sarek

Number of Times Seen – 9 (Twice in Theater, twice on DVD, 23 April 2013, 2 Mar 2016, 14 Aug 2016, 11 Jan 2018 and 7 Aug 2019)

Link to original review –  Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A young James T. Kirk joins Starfleet in order to prove that he is just as good a man as his father was when he was tragically killed on the day of his birth.

My Take on it – As most of you probably already know, I’m not the biggest fan of remakes or reboots of films or classic TV shows.

That being said, if you are gonna remake something, do it with a bang like they do here.

This film is able to reignite the firs for such an amazing story and it proves that even with fresh and innovative ideas, it’s possible to make something feel both new and nostalgic at the same time.

The story presented here is great and very fitting for its namesake and is able to create a storyline that is quite poignant in all that it does.

The way that they chose a cast that are able to truly embody the personas of the characters that we have grown to love over the years works so well and the new and improved cast of the Enterprise are able to feel both new and nostalgic in all that they do.

The plot and villain of this film have some slight problems, but they still find a way to keep the story moving along at a great pace and it remains fascinating from start to finish since it doesn’t leave us time to breath because it is constantly on the move.

The story is action packed and works so well that we can believe that these events could happen.

The story is quite “heavy” yet they find ways to inject enough humorous lines and situations into things to help make things feel a bit lighter every now and then.

They are able to get so much right with this film and that helps give this series a rejuvenated feel and look yet still retains much of what made the previous chapters of this story so enjoyable and captivating to watch.

The explanation given here as to the shift in the timeline works really well in establishing why these characters will not follow in the path of the previous stories featuring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, yet at the same time doesn’t negate them.

The film utilizes the special effects really well and this enhances the story even more.

The music is slightly updated and that helps keep the connection to the previous chapters yet also has a new and innovative feel for things and at the same time helps the action flow really smoothly along.

The movie has a great theme about destiny and living up to expectations and this helps with the development of these characters throughout the course of the film as we see them evolve right before our eyes.

This is such a fun and enjoyable film that I can’t wait to get a chance to see it again!

Bottom Line – Amazing reboot of the Star Trek franchise that proves that with fresh ideas, a premise like this can be rejuvenated and even be more poignant.  The recasting of the core crew of the Enterprise was done really well and each of these young actors are able to embody the characters we have known for decades and still make them feel new and innovative. The plot here has a few problems, but they find a way to keep the story fascinating and interesting throughout. The action is top notch and helps keep things moving along at such a great pace.  They are able to mix in enough humor to slightly dampen some of the very heavy dramatic themes in this film and get so much right here with this new “jump start” for the franchise.  Love how they explain away how these characters can follow a different path in the universe than the previous crew that was led by Shatner and Nimoy.  The special effects are done really well and allow for the story to be enhanced by the way that things are shown to us.  The updated music also works because it gives us a nostalgic feel for the older films and shows, yet has a more modern beat that adds to the action feeling of this story.  The main theme of destiny and living up to expectations is done really well and allows for these characters to grow throughout the course of the film right before our eyes. Can’t wait to see this again soon!  Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For the space jump scene, the actors were initially filmed on harnesses, facing downward. However, they constantly passed out from the rush of blood to the head. J.J. Abrams ultimately came up with the idea of filming the actors standing on mirrors. When shot from the angle, the reflection of the sky behind the actors gave the appearance that they were actually falling out of the sky. (From IMDB)

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

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