He's traveled through galaxies, bested no-win situations, wooed all species of women and now, with Lost creator J.J. Abrams at his back, Captain James T. Kirk is ready to kick Wolverine ass. This summer, the new Star Trek is the origins story to beat.

He's traveled through galaxies, bested no-win situations, wooed all species of women and now, with Lost creator J.J. Abrams at his back, Captain James T. Kirk is ready to kick Wolverine ass. This summer, the new Star Trek is the origins story to beat.

Starting with an explosive flashback to the day of Kirk's birth, when the starship with his family on it was attacked by rogue Romulan warrior Nero (Eric Bana, in fine snarl), Abrams' prequel to the evergreen sci-fi franchise is fine, absorbing entertainment.

It's made sturdy by tight pacing and a smart script that creates a parallel reality for Kirk and the early days of the USS Enterprise (a preemptive strike against Trekkie complaints about continuity), also an emotional center amid the special effects and a respect for both the series' intensely devoted fans and what it is about Trek that's held them for so long.

Primarily, that would be the crew, which has been perfectly re-cast. Respectively playing Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg each maintain a hint of previous character interpretation while reserving mimicry for the occasional, pandering one-liner.

But it's not like anyone familiar with the source expects to get through this movie without hearing "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor ..."