This film is amazing if you're a Star Trek fan. I personally could not tell you whether the film sticks to the true origins of the TV series, but according to my brother, who is a huge fan, the film does so and re-invents itself.
From my point of view, most of the time I didn't really understand what was going on. I knew the jist of the story, but with all the references, the names, the characters, it all adds up to one very confusing yet brilliant film.
The effects are truly stunning, and with a budget of around $150,000,000 you would expect them to be. J.J. Abrams (who also directed Cloverfield) has brought that element of cinematography you just don't seem to grasp from other directors. He can scale properly, he create scenes which are packed full of tense action, and he can bring a huge phenomenon that is Star Trek into this very modern world.
The cast also carry themselves incredibly well. Sylar from Heroes is a main character, along with the ever lovable Simon Pegg and many other recognisable faces including the original Spock, which really adds a true sense of passion to this film. Chris Pine who plays the very cheeky Captain Kirk leads well, and has a real connection with the audience which is great.
It is disappointing that this film doesn't really stand up as it's own film, meaning that I would recommend you do some research into Star Trek in order for you to understand fully the happenings throughout. But I guess with a lot of Sci-Fi/Action films, they have a very surreal script anyway, so this just goes along with the characteristics of its genre.
If you know Star Trek well enough, look carefully at the scenes (you may need to go another time) because there are lots of little famous elements spread subtle throughout. It is a pretty amazing film to see in the cinema. I would really recommend seeing it if you're intrigued. You'll get the full experience, properly shown with a huge screen and great surround sound. But just be prepared to be a bit confused. The storyline is quite bitty, and you sometimes get so caught up in all the amazing action and mise-en-scene that you get distracted from the dialogue. But if you enjoy what you're seeing enough, that's not too bad.
The only reason this film didn't get 5 stars was because it was just that little bit too confusing. Other than that it's fantastic. Give it a go, you might be pleasently surprised. It starts off with a bang, and never lets you rest from that point onwards.