The Grade Book: “Star Trek” (2009)

Star Trek

Plot: James T. Kirk, Spock, and the other Enterprise members join together to take down a Romulan known as Nero. 

Director: J.J. Abrams. 

Writers: Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (based on the TV series by Gene Roddenberry). 

Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Leonard Nimoy. 

Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction.

Running Time: 2 hours and 7 minutes.

U.S. Release Date: May 8th, 2009.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.




(Lowest Grade Given to the Film: C+, Highest Grade Given to the Film: A+)

SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot has a few story issues and an okay villain, but it makes up for such shortcomings by delivering with excellent acting, spectacular visuals and action, and strong attention to characters and relationships.



  • Gabriel Alcantara (Big Gabe):

Grade: A

Truly a grand spectacle to behold. J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek is fresh, fun, and wonderful in every possible way. It dares to be hipper, flashier, and more action-packed than previous Star Trek productions while still maintaining the sense of wonderment and intelligence of the series. The cast is great and they never try to mimic the past performances of the characters they portray. I was always a spectator when it came to this franchise, but this version definitely made me more interested to see what the Star Trek universe had to offer.

  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: C+

The first installment in J.J. Abrams’ rebooted series is an alright film. I was not a huge fan, but before I saw the second one I had to revisit it. I will say that the makeup and visuals were phenomenal. But the storyline was not my favorite. I am glad I gave this one a second look, though, because my second viewing was a more positive one. Overall, it was worthy of a C+ (sadly). I think that the second installment was fantastic and is better than the first.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: A

It was #9 on my list of the Best Films of 2009! Enough said.

  • Joey Hollywood:

Grade: B-

As a Trekkie, you have to put this film into perspective. Unlike previous films in the series, this movie is merely a Hollywood action flick. As incredible as the visuals are and as brilliant the action sequences are, the film is incredibly flawed — with plot holes, drama to the point of being humorous, and poor casting. But with all that being said, it is a fun action film and is worth turning your brain off for about two hours.

  • Mike Holtz (WeWatchedAMovie):

Grade: A
A gutsy and impressive new version of a great thing. The roles are carefully chosen and expertly acted and the action is fun and amazingly shot. J.J. Abrams revived Star Trek in an epic way.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: A

J.J. Abrams revitalized this franchise with this movie. The acting is top-notch; both Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are cast perfectly. The movie looks beautiful and the action scenes are great. My one minor complaint is that the villain isn’t very memorable. Still, this is a great kick off to the new series of movies.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: A

This is the type of blockbuster that doesn’t come around often! J.J. Abrams took a property that faded into obscurity and transformed it into a popular juggernaut for the 21st century. What really makes it work is not the story, but the characters and their genuine interactions with each other. It’s truly one fun roller coaster and it’s not to be missed, Trekkie or not!

  • Zachary S. Marsh:

Grade: A

A fun, exciting, and brilliant sci-fi movie that was without a doubt one of the best movies of 2009 BY FAR. Well-acted, brilliant effects, and not even the lens flares could distract! This movie is near-perfection in my book.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: B+

J.J. Abrams brings back the enterprise, and in top form. The cast works perfectly together and even the former Trekkies will be able to appreciate this reboot. It’s a great film that blurs the lines between space, drama, and science fiction. I really enjoyed this film much more than the marketing campaign made anyone believe was humanly possible. 

  • Kevin Morrison:

Grade: A-
While this is not a movie that is good as a stand-alone story, and does not have a very interesting villain, it is a fantastic reboot and sets up the characters and the setting very well. Perfectly cast, well-made, and briskly paced (along with a few references and appearances that will make fans fall in love again), this is a fun, exciting, and creative way to bring back this great franchise. A good movie, but a great start!

  • William Bond Nunn:

Grade: A+
If it wasn’t for this film, I would not be a Star Trek fan.

  • Alex Perez:

Grade: A

I’m not even that big of a Trekkie, but Star Trek (2009) ended up being one of my favorite movies of the year. Why? Cause it did exactly what it needed to do: introduce the characters of Kirk, Spock, Uhura, McCoy, Sulu, etc. to people like me who weren’t all that familiar with them in a fresh and interesting way, and it absolutely nailed it in that area and in areas of storytelling, visuals, action, and overall entertainment factor!

  • Austin Putnam:

Grade: A

Like J.J. Abrams, I was never a Star Trek fan. I was always a Star Wars nut. I guess it was the fact that Star Trek didn’t have lightsabers. The reboot, though, got my attention and when I saw it I was blown away. J.J. Abrams not only does a fantastic job making a film for Star Trek fans, but for moviegoers like myself. Abrams also made me a fan after seeing this.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B+

While I’m not a big fan of the whole time-travel idea in the story (and I found the villain to be forgettable), I still find J.J. Abrams’ reboot to be pretty awesome. The cast is excellent, the visuals spectacular, and the characterizations strong. Fresh and exciting for fans and -non-fans alike!

  • Christian Ruvalcaba:

Grade: A

I wasn’t a Star Trek fan. J.J. Abrams made me a Star Trek fan after this amazing reboot to the beloved science fiction series. The characters are great and work well together, the action sequences blow you away, and the visuals are beyond amazing. It was a much-needed reboot to revive a broken series. Great Vulcan movie!

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