A riveting sci-fi adventure, Star Trek is the first of the summer blockbusters that audiences can truly care about. Its action is rooted in feeling rather than gimmickry.
Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman take the Star Trek narrative back, one might say, to first principles. The plot presents the two beloved heroes of the original TV series as young men dealing with the repercussions of childhood traumas. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) grew up without a father. His dad had taken over a Starfleet ship when its commander walked into a confrontation with a ruthless villain named Nero (Eric Bana). Kirk Sr. managed to save everyone on board, including his own pregnant wife, but had to sacrifice his own life to do so. (Kirk’s relationship with his father is changed from the one set out by Gene Roddenberry in the original TV show.)