Star Trek (2009) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: May 8, 2009
Directed by: J. J. Abrams
Music by: Michael Giacchino, Alexander Courage
Starring: Chris Pine, Jimmy Bennett, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Jacob Kogan, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldaña, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder, Clifton Collins Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Faran Tahir, Jennifer Morrison, Greg Ellis, Rachel Nichols, Deep Roy, Paul McGillion, James Doohan, Brad William Henke, Tyler Perry, James Cawley, Pavel Lychnikoff, Lucia Rijker, Majel Barrett, William Shatner

In the year 2387, where the galaxy is threatened by an unusual phenomenon caused by a volatile supernova. In that future, Ambassador Spock (Leonard Nimoy) pilots the Jellyfish (refer: Star Trek: Countdown) ship which carries the red matter, of which he intended to create an artificial black hole to consume the supernova.

Captain Nero (Eric Bana) monitoring on the Narada

Before Spock could eventually succeed, the supernova no doubt has destroyed the planet Romulus where the entire population of the Romulans were eradicated. While Captain Nero (Eric Bana) aboard the Romulan mining ship Narada were emotionally hurt to see his planet being remotely destroyed in an instant black death. He vowed to avenge his people, his wife and child on Spock Prime and the Federation.

The birth of future Captain James Tiberius Kirk

Somewhere in between of the scenarios, both ships are caught in the black hole’s event horizon and travel to different points in the past. The Narada arrives first, 154 years earlier, and attacks the Federation starship USS Kelvin. As the Kelvin is evacuated, acting-Captain George Kirk stays behind to provide cover for the fleeing shuttlecraft. George pilots the Kelvin into the Narada in a last ditch ramming attack, moments after George’s son, James Tiberius Kirk, is born aboard a fleeing shuttle. Spock arrives 25 years later only to be captured by Nero and marooned on the planet Delta Vega so that he can witness the destruction of Vulcan.

Young Kirk (Chris Pine) on bike

Kirk (Chris Pine) grows to be an intelligent but reckless and cynical young man. After Kirk is beaten badly in a barfight while attempting to pick up Uhura (Zoe Saldaña).

Captain Christopher Pike tells him of his father’s heroic efforts and convinces him to join Starfleet. Kirk befriends fellow cadet Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban).

Spock (Zachary Quinto) chokes Kirk after being provoked for having no feelings for the death of his human mother.

In his third year at the Academy, Kirk is accused of cheating on the Kobayashi Maru test by its programmer, Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto). At the resultant hearing, Starfleet receives a distress signal from Vulcan that indicates the appearance of a lightning storm in space, and the cadets are mobilized to help crew the ships in orbit. McCoy brings the grounded Kirk onboard the USS Enterprise as a patient under McCoy’s care.

(L-R): Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin), James T.Kirk (Chris Pine), Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (Simon Pegg), Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban), Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldaña)

The Enterprise arrives at Vulcan to find the rest of the fleet destroyed and the Narada drilling into Vulcan’s core. After the Enterprise is attacked by the Narada, Pike surrenders, giving Spock command of the ship and promoting Kirk to first officer. Kirk, Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), and Chief Engineer Olson perform a space jump onto the drilling platform, disabling it. However, it has drilled deep enough for Nero to launch “red matter” into the core, creating an artificial black hole. The black hole consumes the planet, killing most of the population, including Spock’s mother.

As Nero tortures Pike to gain access to Earth’s perimeter defenses, Spock maroons Kirk on Delta Vega for mutiny after Kirk argues against Spock’s orders. Kirk encounters Ambassador Spock (Leonard Nimoy), who explains that he and Nero are from the future. 129 years in the future, the galaxy is threatened by a volatile supernova. Spock intended to use the “red matter” to create a black hole to stop the supernova, but the supernova’s nebula destroyed the planet Romulus before he could act, killing Nero’s wife. Nero attacked Spock’s vessel with the Narada, and both were caught in the event horizon of the black hole, sending them back in time. Nero captured Spock and stranded him on Delta Vega to watch Vulcan’s destruction.

Spock and Kirk walk to a nearby Starfleet outpost, where they meet Montgomery Scott (Simon Pegg). With Ambassador Spock’s help, Kirk and Scott beam onto the Enterprise in flight. Following Ambassador Spock’s advice, Kirk mocks Spock’s lack of emotion to provoke an emotional response. An incensed Spock chokes Kirk before he recognizes his emotional compromise; he relinquishes command to Kirk.

Spock speaks with his father, Sarek and then decides to work with Kirk and joins Kirk in a bold plan for a sneak attack on the Narada. After the Enterprise hides itself under the gas clouds of Titan, Kirk and Spock beam aboard the Narada; Kirk rescues Pike while Spock uses Ambassador Spock’s ship to destroy the drill. Spock leads the Narada away from Earth and then programs his ship to collide with the Narada. Just prior to impact, the Enterprise arrives and beams Kirk, Pike, and Spock away. Ambassador Spock’s ship and the Narada collide, igniting the “red matter” and creating a black hole that destroys the Narada and almost claims the Enterprise.

On Earth, Kirk is promoted to the rank of Captain and given command of the Enterprise, while Captain Pike is promoted to rear admiral. Spock encounters his older self in a Starfleet hangar; Ambassador Spock has selected a planet for the surviving Vulcans to colonize. He dissuades his younger self from resigning from Starfleet to help his species, encouraging him to do what feels right, instead of what is logical. Spock remains in Starfleet and becomes first officer under Kirk’s command. The film ends with the Enterprise going to warp as Ambassador Spock.

Reviewer’s Note:
It was not bad at all. A fresh reboot for Star Trek film. The upbringing lifestyle of Jim Kirk being the young and reckless even upon joining the Starfleet.

Pine delivers with lots of humor in it to make the movie less serious and much more interesting. Quinto as Spock is mesmerizing yet he carries his role very careful.

Yelchin who portrayed Chekov is a very lively character with his utterance of the word “V” to “W”.

Since this is remake of the Star Wars and how Kirk became captain of the uss-enterprise- it seems that they had yet to use a lightsaber version of the sword since Sulu (Cho) is using a blade which resembles a giant paper knife.

Cho seems to be very serious in this film compare to Harold & Kumar franchise which he acted opposite Kal Penn and other films like America Pie were the raunchy and wild sex-comedy, so he’s getting serious business like Sean William Scott. While Pegg has always been the central of comedian but his role in the film enters very late – so we don’t get to see much of his chunks but we still get to laugh over.

“This movie is an interesting paradox in that it’s both a prequel that introduces new audiences to Kirk, Spock and the gang,” says screenwriter Alex Kurtzman, who along with partner Roberto Orci helped to develop the scenario for the comic that was fleshed out by writer Mike Johnson.

Added Orci, “So the prequel comics are a way to connect what was the series that got us into the show and allowed us to go through the next phase of the show, which was Star Trek: The Next Generation. The last time you saw Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek continuity was in Star Trek: The Next Generation [the two-part 'Unification'] so the idea of connecting that material to our movie, just as a fan, was something we wanted to do. The entire continuity of Star Trek prior to our movie is necessary for our movie to exist; it is literally caused by continuity and the comics are a way to make that patently clear.” (EdGross, 2009)

Related sources:

EdGross 2009, ComicBookMovie.com: Star Trek Countdown: An Interview with Kurtzman & Orci, viewed on 18 May 2009, <http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/startrekthenandnow/news/?a=6333>

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