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Star Trek

action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy

The greatest adventure of all time begins with Star Trek, the incredible story of a young crew's maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise.

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ON for kids age 12
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Classic franchise gets new life; OK for older kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this slick, upbeat sci-fi adventure isn't much more violent than the earlier Star Trek movies, there's a heightened feel that gives it a little bit more edge. While the action is (mostly) bloodless, it's also intense; expect lots of fights, battles, and hand-to-hand combat. At one point, the villains destroy an entire planet of humanoid aliens. Some of the comic relief scenes have a flirty, playful sense of sexuality (Kirk has always been a ladies' man), but that's balanced by the mature depiction of a relationship. There's also a bit of language ("bulls--t," etc.) and some drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the enduring appeal of Star Trek -- what makes people become such faithful fans? Why do you think the studio decided to make a new version? How does it compare to the older movies and TV shows?
  • Talk about revenge, which is a major theme in the film. Ask kids whether it's ever justified to hurt others in the name of revenge. How much of the movie's violence can be traced back to that motivation? How much impact does it have compared to the violence in other action movies? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Abrams manages quite well in making $150 million look like an episode of Babylon 5. Fistfights are poorly edited, and when he wants to create excitement and tension, Abrams simply has the camera shake around a lot in close-up.

- Adam Lippe,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: If you care about this universe (and I do, damn it), you won't sit passively through J.J. Abrams's restart Trek. You'll marvel at the smarts and wince at the senselessness. You'll nitpick it to death and thrill to it anyway.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Not content to just make this the Spock and Kirk show, with supporting players largely reduced to broad strokes, Abrams makes it clear that he's interested in Star Trek as an ongoing, fully fleshed-out ensemble piece.

- Ian Buckwalter, DCist, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

I was never a fan of the original Star Trek series or movies but this was one of the best sci-fi movies I have seen in a long time. From beginning to end JJ Abrams and crew did an amazing re-imagining of the Star Trek franchise.

- jmanard52, Tuesday, November 17, 2009

5 stars

I was never a fan of the original Star Trek series or movies but this was one of the best sci-fi movies I have seen in a long time. From beginning to end JJ Abrams and crew did an amazing re-imagining of the Star Trek franchise.

- jmanard52, Tuesday, November 17, 2009

5 stars

Every time I see this I love it even more. It never seems to get old or stale, but become more interesting and fun. The amount of information and detail put into this is just marveling. This just flat-lines the majority of movies like it because it exceeds on every level possible. It has a ton of action, great dramatic characters and situations, amazing cinematography that is totally unique, a bit of comedy and romance as well. Being more of a Star Wars fan, it was surprisingly easy to accept this and totally fall for it. The feeling emitted from watching this is like no other and I can only hope it continues as a movie series. I will say that Chris Pine's Kirk is without a doubt my favorite part, he is just way too cool and easy to admire. It takes a niche series and expands the audience ten fold, there is no exclusion from average moviegoers. All you have to do is want to have a good time and this will blow you away. It's partly such an interesting and exciting movie because it has so many universal themes and varying characters. A lot of the movie has to deal with one of the more basic story concepts, coming-of-age. Throughout the movie, Kirk is trying to find himself as a person and connect with his past. At the same time, Nero's revenge on Spock is a driving force to the movie. It is because of his rash decisions that destroy Vulcan and make Kirk fatherless. These are very relatable and familiar territory for viewers to connect with and accept the changes in atmosphere and shot composition. While Star Trek is without a doubt a sci-fi movie from a visual standpoint, it isn't hard for anyone to pick up on and get lost within the persona journey. Especially for people new to the franchise, this movie is extremely inviting opposed to the other movies in the series because it starts a very fresh story. Most of the people going to see it were new to the franchise and maybe don't know the history. There is such a large amount of characters and cultures present that you are never left out of the loop or not being able to relate to a main character or subplot within the film. This is very much an ensemble in the fact that you can theoretically connect with multiple people. While James T. Kirk is definitely the main protagonist of the story and the driving force of the plot, characters like Spock are still just as well developed and endearing. We can relate each of their issues to modern ones, such as racial discrimination in the case of Spock and his Human/Vulcan identity crisis. The writers, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, seemed to be conscious of a possible new generation of fans when creating the concept of the movie. There are not many ties to previous films or TV episodes, nor are there a great deal of history lessons that would put exposition before an actual plot. Likewise, the cast is all new with the small exception of Leonard Nimoy having a small part as an alternate Spock. A lot of the cast is composed of familiar faces, but no one that is too big of a star outside of the film. We are able to adopt these new faces as the iconic characters. The special effects in this movie only enhance the already strong narrative it has. Seeing Vulcan being destroyed before our very eyes or watching an intergalactic battle take place only brings weight and resonance to the events. It isn't just about nonsensical action sequences that take you out of the story. In fact, not one bit of CGI or special effect is without purpose. The sequences take place to further the character's wants/needs and often show their more courageous sides. Even Kirk's encounter with the snow-beast was done to show that he is not nearly as strong without his crew members and needs teamwork to prevail. The modern special effect devices allow for this very obscure future to look realistic and believable to an audience. Most of the planets, spaceships and sets look incredibly real and as if they could function at some point in the future. What is also done to show their importance is the blending of them with extremely recognizable landmarks, such as The Golden Gate Bridge. It creates the illusion that this could be a reality in the future and it allows the audience to sink into the story even further and get involved with the characters.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, November 4, 2010