After a seven year absence from the big screen Star Trek warped back onto the big screen on May 8th 2009 making today its fifth anniversary of its release in the U.S.
The 2009 Star Trek movie was considered a worldwide hit, taking in nearly $400 million, but it also caused a lot of discussion amongst Star Trek fans. You either found it an abomination to what the late Gene Roddenberry created or you liked it. J.J. Abrams did one thing for sure and that was making Star Trek relevant once again.
Abrams and Paramount went back to the original characters of Kirk, Spock and McCoy that were made famous on television in the late 1960’s, but this time with younger actors. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban were cast to fill some very famous shoes.
It is the eleventh film in the franchise and is considered a reboot. The film follows the USS Enterprise as they take on Nero (Eric Bana), a Romulan from the future who threatens the Federation. The story takes place in an alternate reality due to time travel by both Nero and the original Spock (Leonard Nimoy).
The alternate timeline was created to free the film and the franchise from established continuity constraints while simultaneously preserving original timeline and stories.
Directed by: J. J. Abrams
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Bruce Greenwood, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Ben Cross, Eric Bana, Winona Ryder, Anton Yelchin, Leonard Nimoy