I have always been a Star Wars guy. I have seen all the movies and can tell you all about the characters and planets. The only Star Trek movie I had seen was the one where they have to save the whales, which is why it is was the only one. That all changed in 2009 with JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot. If you missed it, you won’t need to see it to enjoy this film, but it could fill some gaps for you. (If you did miss it, Fandango will give you a free digital copy if you buy your ticket online)
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays our villain brilliantly. He has an air of confidence that makes him seem unstoppable, but his tonged is so eloquent you really aren’t sure who the real enemy is. The rest of the cast is also well played. Sulu, Scotty, Chekov all return and are a great supporting cast.
In Star Trek (2009) Kirk and Spock are severely at odds with each other. There is a moving moment when Kirk learns that he and Spock will one day become the best of friends. Into Darkness takes us closer that at relationship. Spock keeps Kirk in check, who seems to act more on passion and emotion. Spock is that friend who tells you what you should do, then reminds you over and over that they were right when it all goes bad. But they do learn from each other to become more balanced in their own way.
This is a film you are going to want to see in the theaters! But skip on the 3D upcharge. I watched about 20 minutes on a three dimensional screen and it was blurry and poorly rendered. It is a shame because the special effects are amazing! I was so immersed I didn’t once wonder if a scene was CGI or green screen. But what ever effect that makes any light source look like a solar flare really needs to be toned down JJ, just sayin’.
It is a lot of fun that although this is a reboot with an alternate there are still a lot of running gags and tropes from the original Star Trek series. Be warned that this includes Dr. McCoy’s “Dammit Jim…” exclamations and Captain Kirk’s attraction to xenobabes. There is a scene where Kirk wakes of with a pair of tailed ladies in his bed, and he mistakenly peeks at a crew member in her bra and panties as she is changing. Two characters drink alcohol together. Most is pretty tame. There is a good amount of violence as people are gunned down. sucked out of airlocks, and have their skulls crushed. Because most graphic parts are implied this a great film for young teens, and if you saw your Bishop in the row in front of you, you would have no problems saying hi after the credits roll and not hide your face and sneak out the side door.