Star Trek

Star Trek

The greatest adventure of all time begins with Star Trek, the incredible story of a young crew’s maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind. The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), 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! --© Paramount 4.1 out of 5 based on 21 reviews
Star Trek

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Certificate 12A
Genre Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Director J.J. Abrams
Cast Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Winona Ryder, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban Chris Pine
Studio Paramount Pictures
Release Date May 2009
Running Time 127 minutes
 

The greatest adventure of all time begins with Star Trek, the incredible story of a young crew’s maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind. The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), 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! --© Paramount

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Reviews

The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Unlike George Lucas's massively encumbered and obese Star Wars prequel-trilogy, this new Star Trek is fast-moving, funny, exciting warp-speed entertainment and, heaven help me, even quite moving - the kind of film that shows that, like it or not, commercial cinema can still deliver a sledgehammer punch. It sure didn't feel like a trek to me.

08/05/2009

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Michelle Pfeiffer has been Oscar worthy before, notably in Frears's Dangerous Liaisons and Scorsese's The Age Of Innocence, but this is the performance of her life.

07/05/2009

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The Mirror

Mark Adams

And while there is never any doubt that the good guys will win through, Star Trek pulsates with adventure and thrills, infectious with its boyish enthusiasm to entertain and respectful enough to pay tribute to the cult series that came before it. See it.

03/05/2009

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The Times

James Christopher

But it’s the vintage gripes and emotional chemistry on the Enterprise that make this film such a comic joy. The lasting irony of the televised Star Trek series was the way it wrestled brilliantly with irrational human behaviour — which is partly why the franchise deteriorated so tragically into barely watchable daytime soap.

07/05/2009

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

the new Star Trek is a welcome wow that dazzles and delights. Here is a film that slaps your expectations around with surprise after surprise, leaving you shaking your head in disbelief that a Star Trek film could be this good.

10/05/2009

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Variety

Todd McCarthy

Faithful enough to the spirit and key particulars of Gene Roddenberry’s original conception to keep its torchbearers happy but, more crucially, exciting on its own terms in a way that makes familiarity with the franchise irrelevant, J.J. Abrams’ smart and breathless space adventure feels like a summer blockbuster that just couldn’t stay in the box another month.

22/04/2009

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Total Film

Aubrey Day

A revamp everyone can get on board with, from die-hards to those who wouldn’t be seen dead at a sci-fi convention. Buoyant, buffed and with the promise of even better to come, this is the freshest Trek in decades.

08/04/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

One of the more surprising fonts of pleasure is the screenplay, by Transformers scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman – there’s a lot of good, bickering camaraderie and just enough coarse one-liners (“Are you out of your Vulcan mind?”) to keep things buoyant.

07/05/2009

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Time Magazine

Mary Pols

It's a real family film, relatively light on the violence and funny without being overly crude; it even has some touching moments.

06/05/2009

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

...finest moments take place on the brightly lighted deck of the Enterprise, where against the backdrop of limitless space, Kirk, Spock and the rest of the young crew fumble with roles that — much like the young actors playing them, including Anton Yelchin as Chekov and John Cho as Sulu — they ultimately and rather wonderfully make their own.

08/05/2009

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

...it's a supremely well-made picture that understands the value of a sense of humour and knows how to ratchet up the intensity of some genuinely excellent special effects in a way that still gives the characters room to breath.

08/05/2009

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The Independent on Sunday

Jonathan Romney

...let Trekkers quibble about rewriting history. Beyond all this, beyond the skin-deep agonising and the territorial face-offs, the film's true appeal is in its sleek upgrade of the space opera genre. There's plenty to enjoy: a terrific sky-diving sequence; a memorable ice-planet monster, red, floppy and gruesomely akin to Tenniel's Jabberwock; plenty of groovy light-show stuff flickering on every available background screen.

10/05/2009

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Channel 4 Film

Matthew De Abaitua

It's Star Trek, Jim, but not as we have known it. A masterclass in how to rebrand and relaunch a franchise. Sign us up for more alien girls, punch-ups, phasers, photons and misbehaving black holes.

19/08/2009

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Empire Magazine

Colin Kennedy

Very much like its dynamic young cast, this Trek is physical and emotional, sexy and vital even, but it is not cerebral. The movie is not exactly empty-headed; indeed it has some smarts, but it doesn’t live up to the high-mindedness that was part of Gene Roddenberry’s original mission statement.

19/08/2009

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

You do get a sense, despite all the other attempts to re-do Star Trek, that this lot boldly go where no man has gone before, and that Abrams has reinvented the series without murdering everything that has gone before. Only a silly old recidivist like me would feel nostalgic for what was often rubbish.

07/05/2009

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The Daily Express

Allan Hunter

Star Trek is everything that fans could have hoped for. It throbs with a dynamism that we haven’t seen in the series for a very long time and creates a slice of expertly crafted science-fiction escapism.

08/05/2009

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The Financial Times

Martin Hoyle

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek brings a brisk new broom to the myth accumulated over four reverential decades concerning the doings of the Starship Enterprise on screens small and large. But idolaters need fear no iconoclasm and newcomers no exclusion. The start of a presumably new chapter in the franchise is marked by affectionate respect tempered with an eye for modern visual tastes.

06/05/2009

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The Spectator

Deborah Ross

No, this takes itself seriously, which isn’t a bad thing, because it wouldn’t have what emotional depth it does if it didn’t. Pine is fine as Kirk, energetic, dishy and dashing, but as I said this is Spock’s film, largely because of Quinto’s quietly thoughtful and strangely sexy performance as a conflicted man.

06/05/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

To boldly go where so many have been before ... and still make a fine movie from this well-worn tale

10/05/2009

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

Cheerfully bucking the trend for dark, miserablist blockbusters, ‘Lost’ creator JJ Abrams has updated the ‘Star Trek’ franchise for the twenty-first century without resorting to political allegory, moral wrangling or the sadistic violence that characterised similar reinventions like ‘The Dark Knight’.

07/05/2009

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The New Yorker

Anthony Lane

This new “Star Trek” is nonsense, no question (“Prepare the red matter!”), but at least it’s not boggy nonsense, the way most of the other movies were, and it powers along, unheeding of its own absurdity, with a drive and a confidence that the producers of the original TV series might have smiled upon.

18/05/2009

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