By Leah Rozen
May 18, 2009 12:00 PM

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldaña, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana | PG-13 |


Director J.J. Abrams has put the pop back in summer popcorn movies. His Star Trek, an exciting and sassy revamp of the classic sci-fi TV show and film series, is a blast in every sense of the word. Coming as it does on the heels of an uninspired X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Trek is a kick-ass reminder that in the right hands and with savvy casting, anything old can be gloriously new again.

This Trek starts with the birth of James Tiberius Kirk (Pine, boyishly engaging) during a space disaster. It then briefly visits him as a reckless child, a rebellious young man and finally as a Starfleet Academy cadet who sneaks aboard to join the crew of the newly built starship USS Enterprise as it heads off on a dangerous mission. In introducing other familiar characters (Look, it’s Spock! It’s Bones!), the film pays respect to tradition while fondly tweaking it. There’s much wit here, bang-up action scenes and a twisting plot that will make sense to those who truly care to follow it. May this latest incarnation of the series live long and prosper. (For more on Trek, see page 99.)