STAR TREK (Cert 12, 127 mins), Paramount Home Entertainment, Sci-Fi/Action/Thriller/Romance, also available to buy DVD £19.99/two-disc DVD £24.99/Blu-ray £29.99)
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Bruce Greenwood, Leonard Nimoy, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder.
COCKSURE and impetuous James T Kirk (Pine) enrols at Starfleet Academy, making an instant friend in Dr Leonard McCoy (Urban).
Some of the other recruits prove more difficult to win over, especially Spock (Quinto), until a Romulan attack on the Vulcan homeland unites the young men and women. With Captain Christopher Pike (Greenwood) at the helm, crew members Uhura (Saldana), Chekhov (Yelchin) and Sulu (Cho) guide the pristine USS Enterprise into battle against Romulan warship captain Nero (Bana). The wily villain has a few tricks up his sleeve, pushing poor Spock to the brink as he races to save his father Sarek (Cross) and mother (Ryder). Star Trek is a big-budget re-imagining of the series, which breathes new life into the iconic characters. Ardent fans of the universe created by Gene Roddenberry in the early 1970s will take issue with some changes, including the introduction of a forbidden romance and a time-travelling narrative thread. The new Star Trek also lacks an imposing villain, and two hours simply isn’t long enough to establish all of the crew in sufficient detail. But like the first X-Men, JJ Abrams’s film is a solid building block for the future.