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The new Star Trek movie races through a suck-your-face-back wind tunnel of time travel, ego clashes, black holes, hot Orion girls and deep, dark villainy as director J.J. Abrams launches the succeeding procreation of Starfleet adventures.

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As Enterprise crew members Sulu (played by John Cho of Harold & Kumar fame), engineer Scotty (Simon Pegg), linguist Uhura (Zoë Saldana), medic Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban) and techie Chekov (Anton Yelchin) find their places within the Enterprise's hierarchy, Kirk goes solo on the icy Delta Vega planet. There he encounters a soul-changing vision of the future that connects the Star Trek dots in a profoundly satisfying fashion. The scene prompted impromptu applause from at least one preview audience.

Director Abrams made his big-screen debut with 2006's Mission: Impossible III. Here, he re-teams with MI:3 collaborators including screenwriters Orci and Kurtzman composer Michael Giacchino (a master of suspenseful scores who writes music for Lost), cinematographer Dan Mindel, production designer Scott Chambliss and Oscar-nominated Industrial Light & Magic visual-effects supervisor Roger Guyett (Star Wars: Episode III, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), who doubled as second-unit director for Star Trek's action sequences.

Together, they've crafted a 21st-century Star Trek every bit as sleek and shiny as the new Enterprise itself. Alternating thunderous battle scenes with quiet bits of equally consequential matters of the heart, Abrams serves moviegoers a wry, wise jolt of intergalactic adrenalin to go with that jumbo bucket of summertime popcorn thrills.

: Commanding Kirk performance, awe-inducing deep-space action.

Tired: Bleeping, blinking, beam-me-up gadgets lack star power.

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