Two dynamos drive this engaging sci-fi thriller: memorable action sequences and discussions of ethical conundrums. Director J.J. Abrams has adapted a style that would please Gene Roddenberry, whose Star Trek TV series has given birth to 12 feature films. At the heart of the drama is a gifted and heroic young man burdened by the hard choices he must make as leader of the large Enterprise crew.
When his mentor is killed, Kirk (Chris Pine, right) is sent on a mission to kill the terrorist who is causing so much chaos in Starfleet Central. The screenplay explores the relationship between Spock (Zachary Quinto, left), the logic-driven Vulcan, and Kirk, the laid-back leader who often makes ethical decisions based on his gut feelings. The best in both of these characters is drawn out as they face the ravages of war (Paramount Pictures, PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence).
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