Star Trek
Director: J. J. Abrams

This is the Star Trek true fans have been missing, but barely dared hope for: a return to the original characters, in all their giddy glory and with all their hilarious hubris.

Director J.J. Abrams delivers a solid reboot to series creator Gene Roddenberry’s 1960s ideas about life in “space: the final frontier.”

This is either Star Trek movie No. 11 or 1, depending on whether you count it as the 11th in the series or the first in a new prequel franchise. Either way, it easily overcomes the curse that odd-numbered Star Trek movies are generally the worst.

This one ranks right up there with such character-driven triumphs as The Wrath of Khan and The Voyage Home. The special effects are seamless.

The casting is all aces. The emphasis was wisely placed on talent (including good comic timing) rather than on marquee recognition or resemblance to the original cast — although in some cases, the likeness is uncanny. By boldly going back to where it all began, Abrams has taken Star Trek exactly where it belongs.

Extras are extreme, including nine deleted scenes, a director commentary, a gag reel and several making-of featurettes.

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