I am in no way a Trekkie. I've actually never seen an episode of the show or any of the films. But, I may be changing my social status and walking around with my fingers in V-form after seeing this incredible summer blockbuster.
Everyone knows what Star Trek is. It's a pop culture icon. Even though I hadn't seen it before, I knew which character was Spock and I had heard common phrases (especially "Beam me up Scotty") before. And this movie just adds to the legend that is Star Trek. (I can't believe I'm saying all of this right now.)
The movie takes us back to the beginning when Kirk (played by newcomer Chris Pine) first decides to sign up for Starfleet, where he meets up with other Trek faves Spock ("Heroes" star Zachary Quinto) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana). And once aboard the USS Enterprise, the crew has some more familiar faces: Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin).
The bulk of the film's synopsis revolves around a galaxy-wide fight against the evil Nero (Eric Bana) who is trying to avenge his future-wife's death by killing Spock, who is currently unaware that he will ever play a part in Nero's wife's death. The cool thing about the movie, though, is that it never takes itself too seriously. It was both exciting action and funny physical humor, at the same time. The chemistry between the "friends" Spock and Kirk also make for a great personal adventure.
Keeping the cast young and fresh made the movie seem more relevant and the story really does seem like it's just getting started (and there's already talk of a sequel).
Directed by JJ Abrams ("Lost" and "Alias" creator), Star Trek is exactly what it promises to be: a smart, fun-filled, action movie. Perfect for the summer blockbuster, and better than most blockbusters try to be. Go see it, while it's still on the big screen!