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Star Trek (2009)

By Noelle Buffam · February 5, 2011

Screenplay Genre: Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi

Movie Time: 127 minutes


James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) meets Uhura (Zoe Saldana) in a bar in Iowa. Kirk attempts to flirt with her, only to end up in a fistfight with three other Starfleet recruits before Senior Officer Captain Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) breaks up the fight. Pike sits down with Kirk and tries to persuade him to join Starfleet, challenging Kirk to do better than Kirk’s martyred father. (00:22:01)

2. LOCK IN (End of Act One)

Inspired by his conversation with Pike, Kirk decides to join Starfleet and shows up at the Riverside shipyard where the USS Enterprise is being built. Kirk boards the recruit shuttle along with a fleet of other recruits, Uhura and Leonard McCoy (Karl Urban) among them. Kirk and McCoy exchange a few words: immediate friends. (00:26:12)


Pike is ordered by Nero (Eric Bana) to come aboard the Romulan spacecraft. Pike promotes Spock (Zachary Quinto) to Captain and makes Kirk the First Officer, giving them orders to disable the drill. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, the red-matter has been planted. Vulcan implodes. Six billion Vulcans die. (00:51:15)

4. MAIN CULMINATION (End of Act Two)

The Romulan ship has deployed a drill down to Earth. Kirk and Spock reach the Romulan ship, and Spock takes control of the black hole device and successfully destroys the drill, but Nero orders Spock to be followed and killed. The Enterprise arrives and destroys the missiles. Scotty (Simon Pegg) beams Kirk, Spock, and Pike off the ship and to safe locations. Nero refuses a peaceful resolution, so the Enterprise fires with all they have and The Narada is destroyed.  (01:42:00)


The older Spock (Leonard Nimoy) meets the younger Spock and explains his actions, informing the younger Spock that he helped Kirk directly so that the two would form a meaningful friendship. And the foundation of that friendship is solidified when Spock returns to The Enterprise and asks Kirk if he can serve as his first officer. The now Captain Kirk warmly agrees. (01:53:40)