The special FX for it were SO good when it came out that I think they were well ahead of their time. If you watch it today, it honestly looks like a movie that could've been made in 2021. Now, you might say that special FX haven't advanced much in the last 12 years, but you'd be surprised at how dated a number of movies look that came out back in the late 00's compared to movies today. Paramount really outdid themselves! I know that Avatar won the Oscar for "Best Achievement in Visual Effects" that year, but to me, Star Trek 2009 looked much better than Avatar and I think Star Trek 2009 should've won the Oscar that year because Avatar already looks a bit dated to me. As weird as this might sound, I think Star Trek 2009's special FX look far better than the ones in Into Darkness and Beyond. Make no mistake, Into Darkness and Beyond look great, but there's something about them that makes them look a tad bit cheaper than Star Trek 2009. I can't put my finger on it. Am I crazy for thinking this?