Paramount Pictures Star Trek

Last updated date: July 12, 2019

DWYM Score
7.4

Paramount Pictures Star Trek

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Overall Take

When Paramount Pictures' "Star Trek" released in 2009, there were multiple generations of fans lining up to see it. Although it featured new actors in classic roles, the film doesn't disappoint, with deep characterizations and great special effects. If you're looking for a movie made to entertain, this movie is the one to choose. In our analysis of 122 expert reviews, the Paramount Pictures Paramount Pictures Star Trek placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fiction Movie for a detailed review of all the top fiction movies.

Expert Summarized Score
7.1
14 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
561,810 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Very much like its dynamic young cast, this Trek is physical and emotional, sexy and vital even, but it is not cerebral. The movie is not exactly empty-headed; indeed it has some smarts, but it doesn’t live up to the high-mindedness that was part of Gene Roddenberry’s original mission statement.
- Empire
Both Kirk's and Spock's good points cut both ways, of course, and there are lessons in that, too: Kirk does follow the older Spock's orders, but in so doing, he purposefully hurts Spock by questioning whether he ever loved his mother. Spock responds—in a frightening display of emotion—by nearly coming unhinged.
- Plugged In
This is fun. And when Leonard Nimoy himself returns as the aged Spock, encountering another Spock (Zachary Quinto) as a young man, I was kind of delighted, although as is customary in many sci-fi films, nobody is as astonished as they should be. Holy moly! Time travel exists, and this may be me! It’s more like a little ambiguous dialogue is exchanged, and they’re off to battle the evil Romulan Capt. Nero (Eric Bana).
- Roger Ebert
This new Star Trek is fast-moving, funny, exciting warp-speed entertainment and, heaven help me, even quite moving - the kind of film that shows that, like it or not, commercial cinema can still deliver a sledgehammer punch. It sure didn't feel like a trek to me.
- The Guardian
Pine keeps the frat-boy rebel cliches to a bare minimum. Quinto gives an impressive interior performance when the script isn’t forcing him to give on the nose speeches and engage in plot-mandated emotional outbursts.
- Huff Post
What deserves the most attention here is the cast, spearheaded by the perfectly selected Pine and Quinto, and punctuated by the supporting players. First consider Nimoy, whose rough voice and timeworn face elicit enough nostalgia for any fan. Nimoy gives an appreciative farewell, because it makes sense within the story for him to do so (those wondering why Shatner doesn’t appear should remember his fate in Star Trek: Generations). Most impressive is Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, the humanist to come between Kirk’s instincts and Spock’s logic.
- Deep Focus Review
The Star Trek series is known for its colorful characters, who are here as vivid as ever thanks to a talented cast that would rather fully inhabit their characters than emulate the actors who originated them. But while Pine and Quinto are the main focus of the film, the performances are strong all around, particularly in the cases of Urban and Yelchin, who are consistently fun to watch whenever they're onscreen.
- TV Guide
Star Trek manages the astonishingly tricky balancing act of delivering an entirely fresh, yet wholly familiar, slice of Trekdom. But more than that; it’s really entertaining on so many different levels.
- Den of Geek
Star Trek is clearly an action-oriented motion picture, with an intensity that exceeds even that of The Wrath of Khan. The pace is blistering, and the movie is littered with the eye candy of expertly realized space battles. The special effects are beyond those seen in any of the previous ten Star Trek features; in terms of technical aptitude, they are in line with what George Lucas delivered in the Star Wars prequels.
- Reel Views
The film was funnier than I anticipated and I wondered at one point if the humor wasn’t being pushed a bit to the edge, but there is plenty of action and the humor is genuinely funny.
- Dove
Abrams' direction provides a breezy, relentlessly forward-moving pace and performances that work. This movie never drags. I really can't really think of a scene that truly doesn't work. It's a nicely done, efficient job. The production design and sound effects evoke the original while providing updated tweaks; if I had to describe the look of the film, it would be modern-retro-futuristic.
- Jammer's Reviews
What experts didn't like
On the downside, Abrams is not quite able to apply the brakes in time for the third act, which prematurely climaxes before you have time to drink it in. Kirk has a nice Indy moment and the Enterprise does a good impression of the Millennium Falcon in the Battle Of Yavin, but Spock’s dogfight with a drill is unlikely to enter Starfleet legend — what is pointy ears doing flying anything? — and Bana’s Nero deserved at least one villain’s mulligan.
- Empire
This film—despite the fact that it showcases the obliteration of two entire planets—embraces Star Trek's perennial sense of optimism and infuses it with something that, at times, has been somewhat lacking: fun. It has the feel of an old-fashioned serial, as if the story has been spiked with a dash of Star Wars and a dollop of Buck Rogers.
- Plugged In
The special effects are slam-bam. Spatial relationships between spaceships are unclear because the Romulan ship and the Enterprise have such widely unmatched scales.
- Roger Ebert
The film lacks the courage to either stand firmly within Star Trek continuity or completely break free and tell its own story. Despite the huge budget and attempt at scope, the film is shot mainly in close up, leaving the film feeling more claustrophobic than epic. While the film never, ever stops moving, there is actually very little actual action. Said action beats fail to excite because most of the action involves people running in panic from one room of a star ship to another, or arbitrary scenes of one ship annihilating another (one-sided slaughter isn’t action, it’s just violence).
- Huff Post
As the primary villain, Nero, Bana really doesn't have much to do but look intense and occasionally flip out.
- TV Guide
My only complaint about any aspect of these combat sequences is that sometimes they’re so frenetic it’s difficult to work out exactly what’s happening. It doesn’t help that the protagonists’ ship is so complicated in design that it’s difficult to recognise any part from any other, even if it is a magnificently impressive concept.
- Den of Geek
Those hoping for some kind of "message" or "idea" will be disappointed. Star Trek spends some time on relationship development - especially the crucial one between Kirk and Spock - but there is little in the way of depth. Breadth, yes. Depth, no.
- Reel Views
However, and unfortunately, there are some utterances of strong language in the movie, and we are therefore unable to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.
- Dove
The Enterprise subsequently comes face to face with Nero, a badass played by Bana with an effective sort of off-balanced, pissed-off and yet weirdly carefree attitude. Unfortunately, the character itself as written is bland, underdeveloped, overly typical, and carrying out his atrocities from a basic motivation that strains believability.
- Jammer's Reviews

From The Manufacturer

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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An Overview On Fiction Movies

It’s never been easier to watch a movie. At the click of a remote button, you can access whatever movie suits your mood, whether it was released earlier this year or decades ago. Some movies are available for free with a subscription, while others cost only a few dollars to rent or buy.

Before you commit to a movie, though, you may wonder if it’s worth the time investment. There are some films that are so well-known, all you need to hear is a title to know what you’ll get. However, even a good reputation doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll like a movie. Some viewers prefer intense action with plenty of fight scenes, while others like comedy woven into their films, no matter the genre.

If you’re renting or buying an older movie, one big question you’ll likely have is whether it stands the test of time. Today’s TVs are built to render visuals in vivid detail, so you’ll want to make sure your chosen movie supports that. Many older films have been digitally remastered to meet today’s high-definition standards, but you may find that not all of the movies online offer that.

In addition to visuals, the content of the movies themselves don’t always stand the test of time. What was unique or relevant to previous generations may no longer hold up. Some classics have been heavily imitated as well, making them seem less original when viewed after their successors. If you can think of the movie you’re watching in context, you’ll probably enjoy it more than if you compare it to today’s pop culture trends.

Lastly, you may wonder if the movie you’re choosing is family-friendly. Even if you won’t be watching with children, this is relevant. Profanity, violence and other mature content can be disturbing to some viewers, especially in extreme amounts. It’s important to look into that before you choose a movie to view, even if you’re watching a film that’s considered a classic.

DWYM Fun Fact

The first step toward streaming movies at home is to set your TV up to access streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, the TV shows and movies that are part of its service are included in your subscription. A smart TV will connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and let you navigate to those services using your remote. You’ll need to set up a username and password first, which can be easier on a computer or mobile device, and then simply input your password using your remote. You can also rent movies using your cable or dish provider’s on-demand service or through Redbox, which offers both a streaming service and actual DVDs you can pick up at their physical locations.

The Fiction Movie Buying Guide

  • Released in 1994, Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” was the movie that put director Quentin Tarantino on the map. It’s a collection of stories, woven together in creative ways. At the time, it was a gangster movie unlike anything ever seen before, bringing comedy and realistic dialogue to a genre that was traditionally very serious. The dialogue is, indeed, one of the best things about “Pulp Fiction,” making characters jump off the screen and entertaining you from start to finish.
  • No matter when you were born, there’s no escaping the ongoing legacy of the “Star Trek” series. In 2009, Paramount Pictures rebooted the franchise with “Lost” producer J.J. Abrams behind the camera, taking the series back to the beginning. The movie was a big hit upon its release, bringing fresh faces to the characters previous generations knew all too well.
  • Although Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending” was a bomb when it was initially released, it might be worth checking out now that you can rent it for a low price. The biggest problem with “Jupiter Ascending” was the expense to make it, putting it in the tough position of needing to sell an extraordinary amount of tickets once it hit theaters. But you can’t go wrong with stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, and a space opera just sounds like a great time, no matter what it’s about.
  • In 2020, “Dune” releases in theaters, remaking a film that has become a cult classic over the years. In 1984, Universal Studios’ “Dune” came out to bad reviews and lackluster ticket sales. Perhaps the most interesting thing about “Dune” is that it was made by a director with no interest in science fiction, yet somehow it’s managed to engage sci-fi fans in recent years. It’s also well worth watching to see Patrick Stewart early in his career.
  • Whether you’re sharing movie night with children or not, content is important. Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek,” Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” and Universal Studios’ “Dune” are all PG-13, making them suitable for audiences ages 13 and up. Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction,” on the other hand, has an R rating. If you’re averse to profanity, you’ll particularly want to avoid “Pulp Fiction” and “Star Trek,” since both feature strong language.
  • Although Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” has plenty of light moments, don’t be fooled by the comedy. The movie has some extremely violent moments, as well as mature content involving drugs and sex.
  • Often what you sign up for when you rent or buy a movie is enjoyable characters. You won’t get much better than Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” when it comes to that. The dialogue brings the characters to life, making them likable even when they’re doing very unlikable things. Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” doesn’t disappoint, either, staying true to the original characterizations of both Captain Kirk and Spock. With Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” you may struggle with the characters at times, but Channing Tatum’s performance makes the hero likable. Dune packs in director David Lynch’s famed abstract style, with characters who are likably quirky.
  • If you enjoyed “Pulp Fiction” 25 years ago, you’ll find it just as powerful as it was originally. Even if you’re new to the film, though, you’ll still find it entertaining and unique.
  • Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” had some big shoes to feel, and it did so capably. However, you won’t find the film as cerebral as “Pulp Fiction.” It’s designed for entertainment, with a big special effects budget that provides plenty to watch.
  • With Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” you may find the story a bit hard to follow, and the characters don’t have quite the development necessary to make it a character-driven film.
  • Universal Studios’ “Dune” is one of those movies that seem to get better in retrospect. Today’s viewers can appreciate the artistic vision Lynch brought to the project. Since the screenplay follows the book fairly closely, that means you’ll also get a legitimately riveting story as well.