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Tear Jerker / Star Trek (2009)

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"Billions of lives lost, because of me, Jim. Because I failed."
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  • The first ten minutes. Yes, ALL of them. If you know anything about the film at all, you know Kirk the elder is going to die. Giacchino's music is what really sells it.
    • The expression on his face when George Kirk realizes that the Kelvin will have to be manually piloted and rammed into the Narada. I'm not sure if there's a section for the "Moment of Realization of Self-Sacrifice," but there should be!
  • Almost every scene Leonard Nimoy appears in, now that he's gone.
  • "Minutes, sir. Minutes." Excuse me for a moment...
  • Chekov, when he loses the transporter lock on Amanda. It's Anton Yelchin's heartbreaking facial expression that makes it.
    • It's worse when you realise that he himself had recognised his Moment of Awesome from earlier, and so had assumed he'd perform the miracle twice. Failing to do so - and so shortly afterwards - must've absolutely crushed him.
    • Also taking into account the way he shouts "I'm losing her! I'm losing her!" and then, once he has, he starts whispering "I lost her... I lost her..." in a voice so quiet and broken that you almost can't hear him.
    • Kids, he's only 17 years old and fresh out of the academy. This whole sequence was one big wake-up call that probably kept him awake at night for a while.
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    • Similar to Nimoy's scenes bit above, Yelchin's death in 2016 makes that scene harder to watch.
  • That heartwrenching scene when Spock is trying to appear stoic after the destruction of the planet Vulcan. Uhura keeps saying, "I'm so sorry" over and over again. She offers to hug Spock- surprisingly, he accepts it, and for a heartbreaking moment, he buries his face into Uhura's shoulder, looking like he's going to cry. Watching a crying Uhura comforting a devastated Spock was the saddest part in the film.
  • "I am now a member of an endangered species."
  • Just... this.
    Kirk: "So you're saying I have to emotionally compromise you...guys."
    Old Spock: "Jim, I just lost my planet. I can tell you, I am emotionally compromised."
    • When we finally see Spock emotionally compromised, it is probably the saddest part of the movie to see the stoicism break to the point that he nearly KILLS Kirk. For a second, it seemed not even his father could stop him...
    • "Billions of lives lost, Jim, because of me. Because I failed..."
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    • After Spock leaves the bridge, Kirk has this look on his face... He knows what losing a parent is like, and he just seriously hurt somebody.
  • Sarek finally reconciling with his son. "You asked me once why I married your mother. I married her because I loved her."
  • Spock's theme is a musical Tear Jerker all by itself. Also Awesome.
  • Spock repeating his famous line from Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan ("I have been and always shall be, your friend")... which is followed by a Funny Moment by Kirk.
  • Nimoy reading the classic lines over the music we all know and love. Well, it made me cry.
    • Also, Nimoy as Old!Spock bidding farewell to Kirk with a Vulcan salute.
    "Live long and prosper."
  • Finding out that Leonard Nimoy was moved to tears by Karl Urban's performance of McCoy.
  • The entire character of Spock Prime. Think about it. Spock Prime lived through the entirety of TOS and the movies that followed it. Based on his age, it's been years since Kirk's death. Who knows how many others of the original crew have died. He loses Romulus, all because he was too slow to get there, and is burdened with the guilt of that. Then, he goes through the rip and into the alternate universe. He's gone back in time, but everything's different. He loses his entire planet, and you can see that as being his fault as well. And, on top of that, he finally sees Kirk again, and everyone else on the crew, but he knows that they're different people, and that he can't interfere because he wants the alternate Spock to live out those adventures. It all boils down to him being laden with guilt for the loss of two planets, and very, very alone.
    • It gets worse when you remember the TNG 2-part episode "Unification", in which Spock was working towards peaceful relations between Vulcans and Romulans, and the destruction of Romulus ruined all of it in more ways than he could ever imagine.
      • Worst of all is the revelation that Nero's paranoia about Romulus being deliberately destroyed was half right. The only problem? It wasn't Spock. It was Colonel Hakeev, a fellow Romulan who triggered the supernova. All the atrocities that Nero commits is a result of misplaced rage that could have been directed at Hakeev.
      • On top of this, the sheer tragedy of Nero's situation. He's just a miner driven mad by the destruction of his home who tries to kill Prime Spock in a fit of rage and despair over the destruction of his home only to be dragged through an event horizon over a hundred years into the past. Instead of realizing that he has a chance to save Romulus , he instead comes out of the rift swinging destroying the Kelvin before retreating to search for Spock Prime, stewing in his hatred for twenty five years so he can inflict the same pain on him. Had he calmed down in that time, perhaps there wouldn't have been a conflict in the movie at all. Vulcans wouldn't have lost their home and become endangered, Romulus would've had over a century of warning for the Supernova and perhaps even prevented Hakeev from triggering it and Starfleet and the Romulan Empire might have finally made peace. Instead, he created nothing but carnage and sorrow. What a waste.
  • Think about what the destruction of Vulcan must've been like for both Spocks. In "The Immunity Syndrome", we learn that Vulcans can sense when large numbers of their fellows are killed at once in a manner similar to Obi-Wan Kenobi sensing the destruction of Alderaan. If the deaths of four hundred Vulcans on the Intrepid could break Spock's stoic exterior and cause actual pain, what must the deaths of six billion Vulcans have done to the two Spocks? Especially since Nero made sure that they both had front-row seats for the catastrophe. When Spock Prime tells Kirk that he's "emotionally compromised", he's not kidding.
  • The whole Battle of Vulcan: Dozens of starships with graduating cadets were wiped out in a similar manner as the Battle of Wolf 359, and to top it all off, Vulcan itself gets eradicated by a black hole, all within an hour.

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