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Star Trek (2009) - An Illustrated Reference
Star Trek was directed by J.J. Abrams. It premiered on the 8th May 2009. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Bruce Greenwood, Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy. Screenplay by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. Music by Michael Giacchino. 127mins.
Starfleet cadet Jim Kirk joins the crew of the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. Responding to a distress signal from Vulcan, the Enterprise encounters a massive Romulan ship The Narada. The ship’s Captain Nero is blaming Spock and the Federation for the destruction of his home planet.
After the failure of the last movie Star Trek Nemesis (2002) and the cancellation of the last series Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005) the franchise was put on hold. In 2007 Gail Berman head of Paramount studios approached the writers and director of the hit movie Mission Impossible III if they would be interested in working on a new Star Trek film with an all new cast. Production on the 11th Star Trek film began in November 2007.
Kirk: Who was that pointy-eared bastard?
McCoy: I don't know, but I like him.
Chris Pine (1980-) / Jim Kirk
Born in Los Angeles, California, Chris Pine's films include - Smoking Aces (2006), Unstoppable (2010), This Means War (2012), People Like Us (2012) and Rise of the Guardians (2012).
Spock: Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Zachary Quinto (1977-) / Spock
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Zachary Quinto's films include - Girl Walks into a Bar (2011), What's Your Nunber (2011). TV series - Heroes (2006-2010 as Sylar).
Karl Urban (1972-) / Leonard “Bones” McCoy
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban's films include - The Lord of the Rings II The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings III Return of the King (2003), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Doom (2005), Pathfinder (2007), Red (2010), Priest (2011) and Dredd (2012).
Scotty: So, the Enterprise has had its maiden voyage, has it? She is one well-endowed lady. I'd like to get my hands on her "ample nacelles," if you pardon the engineering parlance...
Simon Pegg (1970-) / Montgomery Scott
Born in Gloucester, England, Simon Pegg's films include - Shaun of the Dead (2004), Mission Impossible III (2006), Hot Fuzz (2007), Run Fatboy Run (2007), Burke and Hare (2010), Paul (2011), Adventures of Tintin (2011), Mission Impossible IV (2011) and A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012).
Zoe Saldana (1978-) / Nyota Uhura
Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Zoe Saldana's films include - Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of the Black Pearl (2004), The Terminal (2004), Avatar (2009 as Neytiri), Death at a Funeral (2010), The Losers (2010), Takers (2010), Colombiana (2011) and The Words (2012).
John Cho (1972) / Hikaru Sulu
Born in Seoul, South Korea, John Cho's films include - American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003), Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004), American Dreamz (2006), Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008), A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Xmas (2011), American Reunion (2012) and Total Recall (2012).
Pike: Russian whizkid, what's your name? Chanko? Cherpov?
Chekov: Ensign Chekov, Pavel Andreievich, sir.
Anton Yelchin (1989-) / Pavel Chekov
Born in Leningrad, Russia, Anton Yelchin's films include - Along Came a Spider (2001), Alpha Dog (2006), Charlie Bartlett (2007), Terminator Salvation (2009) and Fright Night (2011).
Nero: Fire everything!
Eric Bana (1968-) / Nero
Nero is a Romulan commander bent on revenge after his homeworld is destroyed.
When Spock stops a supernova from threatening the galaxy by injecting it with “red matter” he is too late to stop the destruction of Romulus.
The black hole created by the nova sucks Nero and his ship the Narada into it along with Spock and his ship the Jellyfish. They travel back to the past, Nero to the year 2233 and Spock to 2258.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Eric Bana's films include - Chopper (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Hulk (2003), Troy (2004), Munich (2005), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), The Time Traveler's Wife (2009), Hanna (2011) and Deadfall (2012).
Leonard Nimoy (1931-) / Spock
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy plays Spock or Spock Prime as he's listed in the credits, after saving the galaxy from a dangerous supernova, he and his ship are swept into a black hole emerging in the year 2258 where he is captured by Nero.
The Romulan blames him for the destruction of his planet. He maroons Spock on Delta Vega and than uses a portion of “red matter” he finds on board Spock’s ship to destroy the planet Vulcan.
Ben Cross (1947-) / Sarek
Born in London, England, Ben Cross's films include - Chariots of Fire (1981), The Unholy (1988), Paperhouse (1988), First Knight (1995), Turbulence (1997), The Order (2001), Exorcist The Beginning (2004) and War, Inc (2008).
Winona Ryder (1971-) / Amanda Grayson
Born in Winona, Minnesota, Winona Ryder has been Oscar nominated Best Supporting Actress for The Age of Innocence (1993) and Best Actress for Little Women (1994). Her films include - Beetlejuice (1988), Heathers (1988), Great Balls of Fire (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Mermaids (1990), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Alien Resurrection (1997), Girl Interrupted (1999), Mr. Deeds (2002), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Black Swan (2010) and The Dilemma (2011).
Pike: Your aptitude tests are off the charts, so what is it? You like being the only genius level repeat offender in the Midwest?
Kirk: We done?
Pike: You know your father was Captain of a Starship for 12 minutes. He saved 800 lives. Including your mother's and yours. I dare you to do better.
Bruce Greenwood (1956-) / Christopher Pike
Born in Quebec, Canada, Bruce Greenwood's films include - Passenger 57 (1992), Rules of Engagement (2000). Thirteen Days (2000 as JFK), The Core (2003), I, Robot (2004), Deja Vu (2006) and Super 8 (2011).
George Kirk: What are we going to call him?
Winona Kirk: We could name him after your father.
George Kirk: Tiberius? You kidding me? No, that's the worst. Let's name him after your dad. Let's call him Jim.
Chris Hemsworth (1983-) / George Kirk
George Kirk is First Officer on board the USS Kelvin. When Captain Robau is killed by Nero, Kirk is next in command. After a battle with Nero’s ship, the Kelvin is severely damaged.
The crew evacuate but Kirk stays on board, his wife Winona gives birth to James Kirk on one of the evacuation shuttles, after tearfully relaying the news to him George Kirk dies with his ship.
Born in Melbourne Australia, Chris Hemsworth was a regular on the Australian soap Home and Away (2004-2007) before being cast as the God of Thunder in Thor (2011). His other films include - A Perfect Getaway (2009), Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Avengers (2012) and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).
Spock: Acting Captain's Log, Stardate 2258.42. We have had no word from Captain Pike. I therefore classified him as a hostage of the war criminal known as Nero. Nero, who has destroyed my home planet and most of its six billion inhabitants. While the essence of our culture has been saved in the elders who now reside upon this ship, I estimate that only about 10,000 Vulcans have survived. I am now a member of an endangered species.
Director J.J. Abrams (1966-) has admitted to being more of a Star Wars fan than a Star Trek fan. And he had not seen the previous film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). He did admire creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of an optimistic future and he loved the idea of a starship exploring the galaxy for strange new worlds and new civilisations.
A rumour swept the internet that Matt Damon was cast as James Kirk, but in an interview Abrams said that Damon was too old for the part.
Chris Pine did his homework by watching old episodes and reading encyclopedias about the universe of Star Trek.
Karl Urban was already a huge fan of Star Trek never dreaming he would one day play McCoy on the big screen.,
Zoe Saldana had never watched the show but her mother was a fan and was always sending her info on Uhura.
J.J. Abrams had Zachary Quinto’s fingers glued together so that his Vulcan salute looked natural.
Jeffrey Hunter (1926-1969) played Pike in the original Star Trek unaired pilot The Cage (1966).
There was an excised subplot featuring Nero and his crew being captured by the Klingons and taken to the prison planet of Rura Penthe. Nero loses part of his ear when they escape the prison planet.
An early draft of the script featured the character of Harry Mudd, played by Roger C. Carmel (1932-1986) in two episodes of the original series of Star Trek.
The USS Enterprise is 718 meters long in the film. In contrast Nero’s ship the Narada is 5 miles long
No models were built for the film all the spaceships were computer generated. Star Trek contained over 1000 special effects shots from various companies including ILM and Digital Domain.
Star Trek was nominated for four Oscars, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and winning Best Makeup. The only Star Trek film so far to win an Oscar.
Michael Giacchino (1967-) composed the excellent music score for the film which also incorporates Alexander Courage’s classic 60’s theme over the end credits. Giacchino won an Oscar for Pixar’s Up (2009) and a nomination for Ratatouille (2007).
Star Trek cost $150m to make, it was a huge box office hit with an impressive opening weekend of $75m ending its US run with $257m, and a worldwide total of $385m.
The Star Trek reboot got thumbs up from critics, moviegoers and fans “The best prequel ever” according to The Boston Globe.
I enjoyed the film a great deal and thought all the actors were spot on in their roles, Michael Giacchino's music was a huge plus.
If I had to complain about something it would be the overuse of lens flares and the villain Nero was really rather one note.
The crew of the Starship Enterprise will return in the next Star Trek adventure - Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) directed by J.J. Abrams.
The Critics Wrote –
"A bright, shiny blast from a newly imagined past, “Star Trek,” the latest spinoff from the influential television show, isn’t just a pleasurable rethink of your geek uncle’s favorite science-fiction series. It’s also a testament to television’s power as mythmaker, as a source for some of the fundamental stories we tell about ourselves, who we are and where we came from.
The famous captain (William Shatner, bless his loony lights) and creator (Gene Roddenberry, rest in peace) may no longer be on board, but the spirit of adventure and embrace of rationality that define the show are in full swing, as are the chicks in minis and kicky boots." (New York Times)
"The new movie essentially intends to reboot the franchise with younger characters and carry on as before. The movie deals with narrative housekeeping. Perhaps the next one will engage these characters in a more challenging and devious story, one more about testing their personalities than re-establishing them. In the meantime, you want space opera, you got it." (Roger Ebert)
"Blasting onto the screen at warp speed and remaining there for two hours, the new and improved “Star Trek” will transport fans to sci-fi nirvana. 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." (Variety)
"For those too young to remember the original TV series and its spin-off movies, or (like me) unconvinced that they were in all respects works of untrammelled genius, the movie ticks all the boxes as regards big set pieces. We see space battles, planets sucked into black holes, chases, space aliens. Stupendous special effects and a magnificent score by Michael Giacchino make it a treat for the eyes and ears...
The result is not only by far the best of the 11 Star Trek movies, it must rank as the outstanding prequel of all time." (Chris Tookey)