I have been a huge Star Trek fan for over 20 years, and have followed the series' and films closely with much delight. Having greatly anticipated this film, upon seeing it, the film connected with me in no way whatsoever. What starts off as a promising and visionary looking film, quickly slides into the familiar realm of American OTT action movie. Lets get one thing straight: this is not Star Trek, it is rather a mindless action movie packed with so much CGI, unconvincing characters and hardly any proper models. The casting is just decent enough (especially Spock), but the directing is atrocious and unimaginative. The film rockets along at a pace that is more like the brainless Armageddon than star trek, the bad guys are dull and characterless, and even the ending is utterly and crushingly disappointing. There is virtually NO originality in the story, it just covers the same old ground as many episodes before it. The worse part of this film? The action scenes: they are so fast, horribly messy and the camera shakes all over the place so you never really get to see who's shooting who or whether the bad guys are dressed in evil combat gear or ballet suits with ski masks . It's like the 'action scenes' are shot during an earthquake. There are very few redeeming features this film has for true star trek fans, and in contrast to films like The Voyage Home, Wrath of Khan, First Contact and the incredible and underrated Nemesis, this is just a shabby, modern-day hollywood mess. JJ Abrams has begun the ruination of the worlds greatest sci-fi franchise.