I don't know a whole lot about Star Trek, but I feel like I didn't have to in order to enjoy this one. The story and the characters all play out really well. The movie maintains an exciting pace throughout and it keeps you guessing. There are a lot of deaths/terrorism, but thankfully nothing too much is depicted on screen--in my opinion. Annoying to me was the language. Let's hope JJ Abrams Star Wars is just as exciting, while still being family-friendly.