There has been considerable effort to reference many of past Star Trek dialogs and character profiles. Spock also quotes Sherlock Holmes again "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” When the movie begins the first sound you hear are those small tweet sounds from the original Star Trek. That in itself gave me goose pimples. And then the references continue almost every other scene. When Shatner played Kirk, he had several episodes where he'd cheat death and always go for the win-win option. This trait has been referenced here. The Kobayashi Maru test is shown in the movie the way Kirk described it happen in "Wrath of Khan" (while eating an apple). Dr. McCoy's famous line "I am doctor not an X" (where X != Doctor) already has a count of like 4 or 5. Captain Christopher Pike is here and has a plot that neatly fits in with his eventual fate that will (has already) happen(ed). Leonard Nimoy makes his customary appearance. Several (really really lot of) inside jokes exist which is bound to keep a Star Trek fan completely interested.
The plot in itself is interesting as most time travel conundrums tend to be. And needless to say this movie does leave a few gaping logical holes that is congenital with time travel stories logic. It also also leaves some open ended questions and a revolting romance between Spock and Lt Uhura that should really be quickly terminated. The plot: Nero, played by Eric Bana, a Romulan is back in time to avenge Spock's error of not saving Romulus from a supernova. His time travel alters the life course of Kirk's father, James Kirk himself, the younger spock, spock's mom (my dream woman Wynona Ryder plays Spock's mom) and the rest of the cast. The resulting time conundrums and complexities are very entertaining.
This movie certainly has a creative (a master stroke really) way of restarting a series with the time-travel/time-altered history of the all the main characters and re-introduces familiar characters who now face a different future. It also does the James Bond reboot thing of doing the customary title introduction "space the final frontier.." in the end (and Spock curiously says "where no one has gone before" instead of "no man" just to be politically correct). Rodenberry's Star Trek wasn't simply about finding new life or new civilizations. It was about finding the true human nature when in strange worlds and civilizations. This movie focuses on character descriptions of the crew a little too much for comfort. Star Trek ain't about that. Its about complex stories and plot situations that essentially tests the human nature of the crew and the captain. In this movie the plot is just an excuse to reaquaint with long lost TV friends, which is good but it better stop with this movie. Hopefully J.J. Abrams will remember this theme as it starts a new series of movies.
Highly recommend this movie.
p.s: I wouldn't have forgiven myself if I failed to catch it before it left the theaters but a midnight IMAX show saved me from missing this.