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Star Trek (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  8 May 2009 (USA)
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The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.


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Uhura (as Zoƫ Saldana)


On the day of James Kirk's birth, his father dies on his ship in a last stand against a mysterious alien time-traveling vessel looking for Ambassador Spock, who, in this time, is also a child on Vulcan disdained by his neighbors for his half-human heritage. Twenty-five years later, Kirk has grown into a young troublemaker. Challenged by Captain Christopher Pike to realize his potential in Starfleet, he comes to annoy instructors like young Commander Spock. Suddenly, there is an emergency at Vulcan and the newly commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov and even Kirk himself, thanks to Leonard McCoy's medical trickery. Together, this crew will have an adventure in the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever as a new version of it begins. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The future begins.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 May 2009 (USA)  »

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$140,000,000 (estimated)

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£5,950,203 (UK) (8 May 2009)


$257,704,099 (USA) (25 September 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the behind the scenes feature on the DVD, it was revealed that in some scenes, J.J. Abrams would physically shake the camera to give the feeling that the scene was shot with a hand held camera. The special effects crew also set up a motion capture rig which so that an operator could physically shake the camera for CGI shots. Both techniques can be seen most noticeably in the space jump scene, where the camera shakes to give the appearance of turbulence from being in free fall with the away team. See more »


In Star Trek, Captain Kirk mentions a Federation/Romulan War many years previously. The war was conducted through starship battles and the treaty for it was negotiated via subspace radio, so Romulans and Federation citizens never saw each other prior to that point in time. This means that the Federation knew about the Romulans and general background information about their ships (what radio frequencies were used, power signatures, etc.) long before the scene with the USS Kelvin in the movie which resulted in altering later history. See more »


[first lines]
Communication Operator: U.S.S. Kelvin, go for Starfleet Base.
Kelvin Crew Member: Starfleet Base, we've sent you a transmission. Did you receive?
Starfleet Base: Kelvin, have you double-checked those readings?
Kelvin Crew Member: Our gravitational sensors are going crazy here. You should see this. It looks like a lightning storm.
Starfleet Base: What you've sent us doesn't seem possible.
Kelvin Crew Member: Yes ma'am. I understand. That's why we sent it.
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits, the film reveals a dedication to the memory of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. See more »


Referenced in Numb3rs: Friendly Fire (2009) See more »


Theme from Star Trek (1966)
Written by Alexander Courage & Gene Roddenberry
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Great movie
13 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Apparently a lot of die-hard trekkies hate this film, but I doubt anyone could make a film that would satisfy them.

I personally loved the movie, I'm not a trekkie, far from to be honest, but this one was great.

I've seen all the old movies, and liked them, my girlfriend hates them though, she watched a whole 15 minutes of the one where they go back to earth in the 80's and hated it.

So she was obviously extremely suspecious when I rented this movie, but she ended up being extremely excited about it, and said that she'd deffo watch any sequel to this new version of star trek.

And I personally liked it more than the old star trek movies.

It's abit like James Bond, the new James Bond movies are very different to the original ones with Sean Connery.

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