In terms of the 3D effects, this movie is good, great on occasion, but generally just about what you'd expect. I find it supplements the narrative given its sci-fi content, though the story is far and away a divergent theme from the Star Trek series.
There are two ways to look at this latest Star Trek feature. The first – and the one I’m willing to bet most moviegoers will look at the film – is as a classic summer action adventure movie. The second – and this is for the purists out there – is a bastardization of the very thing Star Trek was formulated to stand for when the original TV series was created.
I am not a Trekkie or a Star Trek purist, so in terms of entertainment value there can be no doubt that the movie scores - big time. It is as wild and fun and fast-paced as the best popcorn entertainment Hollywood studio money can buy. J.J. Abrams is in top form here, employing every conceivable bit of sco-fi storytelling you can imagine (or at least tolerate). Also in top form is his cast – Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, and Zachary Quinto – who all play their parts like sexy survivalists. And has there ever been a more aptly named movie bad guy than Benedict c**berbatch? Methinks not.
But once you get past all that, you are left with the dubious message of the movie. It basically says that violence is the only answer to our most pressing problems, and that revenge is the grandest of all emotions in the universe. And that very blatant message goes directly in opposition to the pursuit of intergalactic peace that permeated the TV series.
Will enough people notice? Or care?