Star Trek ★★★

The movie is entertaining enough and can be appreciated on some level, but neither the story nor the characters are sufficiently developed for the film to be emotionally engaging more often than not, although it does feature a few great, rather impressive sequences. There is at least one scene early in the movie that effectively highlights the scientifically correct absolute silence of space—a small detail that made me smile. Excellent cinematography and first-rate special effects. Solid and well-matched cast; Zachary Quinto as Spock and Karl Urban as Leonard “Bones” McCoy stand out positively among the protagonists; an almost unrecognizable Eric Bana exudes malice in the role of Nero, the villain; Leonard Nimoy makes a nice but somewhat gimmicky appearance. While this film does not make me want to watch the TV series or the previous movies, to which I have had very limited direct exposure, I am looking forward to seeing what the very talented J.J. Abrams and his team will do with the franchise.