THE FUTURE BEGINS.
This reboot is primarily meant to be a respectful new take on the franchise aiming to satisfy the fans and attract new ones, as we follow James T. Kirk’s upbringing, how he joined the Starfleet Academy and came to meet the crew members we all love from the old movies. At the same time, both the older version of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and the movie’s villain Nero (Eric Bana) visit the young cadets from a future we know well; a clever part of the story. J.J. Abrams throws in spectacular action set pieces, and the visual effects are downright beautiful, ably accompanied by a fresh, majestic Michael Giacchino score. The young cast never cross the line and turn their performances into caricatures of our old favorites.
2009-U.S. 126 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Screenplay: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman. Music: Michael Giacchino. Cast: Chris Pine (James Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban… Zoë Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Winona Ryder, Chris Hemsworth, Tyler Perry.
Trivia: Russell Crowe was allegedly considered for the part of Nero. Followed by two sequels, starting with Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013).
Oscar: Best Makeup.
Last word: “I looked at a lot of the episodes of all the series that came after the original ‘Star Trek’ but because we are focusing on the original series I didn’t really need to know every episode of ‘Deep Space Nine’ or ‘Voyager’ or even ‘Enterprise’. But, yeah, I watched episodes, I read up a lot, I watched the movies, I talked to people, whether it was our ‘Trek’ consultant or one of the two writers [Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci] about what it would mean to do what we wanted to do. We have one producer, Bob [Orci], who is a complete Trekker and another in Bryan Burk who had never seen an episode of the show ever. And it was a great balance. We could make sure it passed the test of the ultimate fan and the ultimate neophyte and make sure that it was equally entertaining to both parties.” (Abrams, L.A. Times)