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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Uhura (as Zoë 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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Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,950,203 (UK) (8 May 2009)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to John Cho, after filming ended J.J. Abrams gave the cast small boxes containing little telescopes, which allowed them to read the name of each constellation it was pointed at: "I think he just wanted each of us to look at the stars a little differently." See more »


The Starfleet logo, the distinctive "arrow-head" that featured on all the teasers, was originally intended by the production designers of the original Star Trek series to be the "assignment patch" for crew on the Enterprise only. This was reflected on-screen by the use of different patches for different ships or posts. The use of the arrowhead insignia on the Kelvin, before Nero arrives in the past, is therefore a continuity error since history had not yet been altered. 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 Free Radio: Sidekick for a Day (2008) See more »


Written by Mike D (as Michael Diamond), Adam Horovitz & Adam Yauch (as Adam Nathaniel Yauch)
Performed by Beastie Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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User Reviews

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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