Star Trek is an epic prequel taking us back to the very beginning of both Spock's and James T. Kirk's journey. Over the course of the plot every character from the series that us Trekkies know and love meet up in an effort to stop a mysterious and deadly enemy. That is all you need to know without having a perfectly awesome plot being spoiled.
To tell the truth, I didn't appreciate Transformers all that much, which happened to be a film that Roberto Orcia and Alex Kurtzman too wrote. It had the fun, but none of the legitimate drama, or so I felt at the time. But this time the expertise of these screenwriters really shows. They have quite successfully combine the dramatic with the visual stimulation so signature of their past action flicks.
One aspect of the dramatic situations being so believable may be due to the fact that each character's intricacies are mindblowing, though much of that may also be due to phenomenal casting. I now consider the new Star Trek cast to be in many ways the definitive one. There's not a single unwanted choice in the lot, and each actor excells in the portrayal of these classic characters.
As for the action, tension builds steadily to each dramatic situation until the characters are completely and totally unleashed, and push toward their goal unrelentingly until the very end of the film. Contrary to what some misguided journalists have postulated, this is action at it's finest in years.
Star Trek is the funnest and most mindblowingly exciting film of this year yet, and I'd advise that you not miss it. This is Star Trek the way it was meant to be experienced.
9 out of 10