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Well, they tell ya, 'Never hit a man with a closed fist.' But it is, on occasion, hilarious.

—Capt. Malcolm Reynolds
(Nathan Fillion)
[Firefly]

Synopsis: A Romulan from the future attempts to avenge the destruction of his world in the past.


Reaction: A great outing that makes Star Trek more mainstream but remains respectful of what came before.


Personal Rating: 8/10


Highlights
"Are you from the future?"
"Yeah, he is. I'm not."
"Well, that's brilliant. Do they still have sandwiches there?"

Select Cast and Crew
J.J. Abrams => Director / Producer
Alex Kurtzman => Writer / Executive Producer
Roberto Orci => Writer / Executive Producer
Michael Giacchino => Composer
Bryan Burk => Executive Producer
Damon Lindelof => Producer
Akiva Goldsman => Vulcan Council Member #1
Anton Yelchin => Pavel Chekov
April Eden => Shipyard Bar patron
Ben Cross => Sarek
Bruce Greenwood => Christopher Pike
Chris Hemsworth => George Kirk
Chris Pine => James T. Kirk
Christopher Doohan => Starfleet Officer (uncredited)
Clifton Collins Jr. => Ayel
Deep Roy => Keenser
Eric Bana => Nero
Faran Tahir => Captain Robau
Freda Foh Shen => Kelvin Helmsman
Greg Ellis => Chief Engineer Olson
Greg Grunberg => Stepdad (voice)
Jacob Kogan => Young Spock
Jennifer Morrison => Winona Kirk
Jimmy Bennett => Young James T. Kirk
John Cho => Hikaru Sulu
Karl Urban => Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy
Leonard Nimoy => Spock Prime
Lynnanne Zager => Enterprise Computer (voice) (uncredited)
Majel Barrett => Starfleet Computer (as Majel Barrett Roddenberry) (voice)
Marcus Young => Burly Cadet
Marlene Forte => Transport Chief
Pasha D. Lychnikoff => Romulan Commander
Rachel Nichols => Gaila
Randy Pausch => Kelvin Crew Member
Scottie Thompson => Nero's Wife
Simon Pegg => Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott
Spencer Daniels => Johnny
Tyler Perry => Admiral Richard Barnett
Wil Wheaton => Romulan (voice) (uncredited)
William Morgan Sheppard => Vulcan Science Minister (uncredited)
Winona Ryder => Amanda Grayson
Zachary Quinto => Spock
Zoe Saldana => Nyota Uhura (as ZoŽ Saldana)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Of the now 11 films, this is the most expensive [Star Trek] film by far, at an estimated $150,000,000. Star Trek: The Motion Picture had a budget of $46,000,000 and Star Trek: Nemesis had a budget of $60,000,000.
  • Karl Urban is a longtime self-described "religious" fan of [the Original Series]. He used to watch it on Saturday mornings in New Zealand with his dad. Shortly before word came down about the development of this film, he bought the complete series on DVD and watched them with his son.
  • James Marsden was considered for the role of McCoy.
  • Zoe Saldana previously played a big [Star Trek] fan who admits she loves going to the conventions in Steven Spielberg's The Terminal.
  • Karl Urban was cast at his first audition, which was two months after his initial meeting with J.J. Abrams. He said he was happy to play a role with lots of comedy, something he had not done since The Price of Milk, because he was fed-up of action-oriented roles.
  • Brief mentions are made to "Admiral Archer" and his beagle. Then-Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) was the captain of the title ship in [Star Trek: Enterprise] (which takes place before this movie), and kept a Beagle named Porthos.
  • In the Federation Council Chambers, there is a briefly-seen sign that reads "Admiral Komack". This is a reference to a character portrayed by Byron Morrow in the [original series].
  • Composer Michael Giacchino decided to use the original [Star Trek] theme by Alexander Courage for the end credits, which director J.J. Abrams said symbolized the momentum of the crew coming together.
  • To prepare for his role as Captain James Kirk, Chris Pine watched classic episodes and read encyclopedias about the [Star Trek] universe. However, his research was rudimentary, as he wanted his performance to be original and not an imitation of William Shatner. He based his performance on Tom Cruise's Maverick and Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Indiana Jones, heroes who Pine felt possessed the archetypal hero qualities Kirk has (humour, arrogance, decisiveness).
  • Prior to this film, the most expensive [Star Trek] film ever made was Star Trek: First Contact with a worldwide gross of $146,000,000. This film exceeded that gross by its second weekend of US release alone.