Panta Oz’s review published on Letterboxd:
When some movie makes hundreds of millions of dollars, you'll have to ask yourself why is that happening... the fans of the Sci-Fi genre know the reason, and those who are against it will finally admit that it's possible to enjoy a Sci-Fi themed movie when it has lots of action and engaging contents.
Directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman , it is the eleventh film of the Star Trek film franchise and is also a reboot that features the main characters of the original Star Trek television series, portrayed by a new cast.
J.J. Abrams almost made a cult movie from this version, thanks to his unusual directing style, at least when we're talking bout the movies like this. Tension and anticipation were something which was often lacking in this genre which was mostly diluted in empty theoretical arguments and impossible combinations.
The story follows James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) aboard the USS Enterprise as they combat Nero (Eric Bana), a Romulan from their future who threatens the United Federation of Planets. The story takes place in an alternate reality due to time travel by both Nero and the original Spock (Leonard Nimoy). Very smart move - the alternate timeline was created in an effort to free the film from established continuity constraints while simultaneously preserving original story elements.
Strong directing, strong cast, more brawn than brain...