This film has several satisfying references and origin elements like unfortunate circumstances explaining why Kirk withstands punches a little too well, but the main appeal is the plot. Strong ‘friends through trial’ themes come through admirable morals and subtle, yet powerful messages of peace and understanding for all people.
The crew demonstrates amazing talents yielding mutual respect and admiration. The satisfying ending contains peaceful opportunities and how ill will eventually erodes life. The talented filmmakers create considerable tension even when you’re pretty sure certain characters will and must survive. The standard showdown fight contains some unpredictability, but filmmakers could’ve injected more originality in the slightly bland fighting match ups near the end.
The amazing special effects are created by the stalwart Industrial Light & Magic while frequent Abrams composer Michael Giacchino strikes a memorable original music score. Don’t worry, Trekkies, that familiar musical theme plays at the end along with some familiar narration. The foundational film comes highly recommended and is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence and brief sexual content. Look for the planned sequel in 2011… maybe they’ll include a new race besides the Klingons and/or Romulans.