First things first, I’ve never been a fan of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members. I’ve only seen one or two episodes on TV at most and only the film I saw was a Trekkies wet dream fulfilled as Captain’s Picard & Kirk joined forces to battle evil.

But after seeing J.J. Abrams (please get familiar with the name if you’re not) interpretation of Star Trek this is a pure example on how to inject new life into a well-beloved franchise. This “origin story” finds the young crew coming together on the “most advanced starship ever created” – the USS Enterprise.  This is the film that traces the beginnings of the Starfleet Academy, and the crew of the Starship Enterprise. A 10-year-old car racing in an antique sports car in the future is sure to dazzle any fan of CGI special effects. As the kid whips the car expertly and passionately, it’s no surprise when you fast forward a few years that wild spirit belongs to James T. Kirk.

Played suavely by Chris Pine, Kirk’s fate is already prophesized after the opening film sequence gives you a look inside on the Kirk name came to be respected at the Starfleet Academy. From that part on the movie goes full speed and along the way the names that fans have grown to love and that new fans will learn to appreciate come out of the woodwork in very unique ways.

Written by the dynamic duo of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, they manage to bridge the familiar with their own backstories that give Star Trek a smooth feeling all around. Heroes Zachary Quinto plays Spock who on his own home world is struggling with his identity. It’s “identity” that all of our young cadets face in this beginning tale of the Star Trek crew.

But what would this be without a villain? Eric Bana plays Nero, the sworn enemy of the Starfleet crew, and although he’s light on the darkness, his weapons are cool and his ship – more than 10-times the size of the Enterprise does well to secure his ominousness.

The rest of the cast is stellar in their own right, although their back-stories are not as detailed as Kirk and Spock’s. Zoe Saldana plays Uhura who is a smart communication’s expert with a passion for Spock. Tyler Perry plays a decorated soldier of the Academy – a distracting image, given his Madea character – but, eh…

(Check out Zoe Saldana in our Black Female Superheroes gallery below:)

Without giving too much of the story away, Star Trek works on all angles. For the fans, they get to relive their excitement of “going boldly where no man has gone before” and for newcomers they can get the excitement of seeing a wonderfully crafted story merge with beautiful special effects to create an otherworldly experience.

Star Trek opens in theaters nationwide today!

Check out the trailer of the film below and share your thoughts in the comments section!

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