Sci Fi Movie Review: Star Trek (2009)

This is a movie review of Star Trek (2009).

Plot Summary (courtesy of Netflix):

The Good Movie Reviewer Star Trek 2009 Movie ReviewYears after a Romulan attack that killed his father, a thrill seeking farm boy, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) joins Star Fleet. He doesn't take it seriously and cheats on a test. Which doesn't impress Spock (Zachary Quinto) much since he's all for going by the rules. They don't get along, but a Romulan attack on the Enterprise they're on might just be enough to force them to work together.

Run Time: 120 Minutes

Movie Review:

J.J. Abrams reboot of the Star Trek franchise was expertly done. Much was expected for this movie and much was given. Not for the first time in many, many years has a Star Trek movie been so good.

The alternate universe and time travel has been done so many times before on Star Trek movies and shows in the past that revisiting it could have been very dangerous. But Abrams does it expertly to the point that you realize that it is just Star Trek's best plot device.

The acting is well done. Chris Pine's portrayal of James T. Kirk is his own and does not seem to have been influenced by William Shattner's previous performances of the role. Zachary Quinto puts on a fine performance as Spock and is able to break from his role in Hero's as the villain Sylar. In general there are no poor acting choices by any of the actors and the casting was superb. I admit that I went into the movie with lower expectations because of some of the actor choices but I was pleasantly surprised at them in the end.

The filming was nothing short of great. Cinemetographer Daniel Mindel deliberately uses lens flares (a photographic effect where light sparkles everywhere) in many scenes that gives a surreal sci fi feel to the movie and looks much better than CGI would have looked.

J.J. Abrams Star Trek is a movie which will please all the "Trekkies" but will also serve to gain fans that have never seen anything in this franchise.

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Overall Movie Review Rating: I rate this movie as a Great See - 4.5 stars

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