Friday, May 17, 2013

I really enjoy the first Star Trek film by Director J. J. Abrams in 2009.  If you miss the first one, I would first suggest you watch that first before watching this.  It's not paramount to the overall story, but it's a nice introduction to the new Star Trek universe from the original series where Captain Kirk was played by William Shatner.

Star Trek Into Darkness which came out this weekend can be explained as a coming of age story for the new Captain Kirk (Chris Pines).  Young, brash and highly illogical, he learns humility when a villain targets Star Fleet Command and tries to instigate a war with the Klingons.  I continue to be fans of Chris Pines as well as Zachary Quinto as Spock and Simon Pegg as Scotty.  Simon Pegg in particular has some of the best scenes as far as comedic lines in the movie bringing humor to an otherwise dark movie.  With a large cast, unfortunately John Cho who plays Sulu of the main crew gets the least screen time.  Spoiler in the next two paragraphs, highlight it to read it.

[Spoiler Alert] Besides Simon Pegg, the other character I really enjoy is the villain of the film Khan played by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Khan played by Ricardo Montalbán in the 1960s series and 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan left big shoes for Benedict to fill.  Benedict doesn't fill the shoes entirely but does a more than adequate job.  His fight scene on the Klingon world is one of the best action scenes in the movie.

With all the good things about the film, though, you can't help but be a little disappointed that a lot of stuff in the movie has been done before.  As certain scenes is just a little too close to the 1982 film.  What I like about the first Star Trek in 2009 in that it was a completely different direction than the original series.  Often I don't like reboots but J. J. Abrams did a great job in my opinion.  Yes the overall plot is different between Into Darkness and The Wrath of Khan, but the biggest peeve I have is the sequence of one of the characters being killed in the warp reactor due to radiation.  That should sound familiar to those that have watched The Wrath of Khan. 

Overall, I would still recommend the film especially if you enjoyed the first film.  And yes, I would recommend watching it on IMAX 3D.

The film is rated PG-13 and is out in theaters already.  The run time is 2 hours and 13 minutes.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars

  • Chris Pine as Commander/Captain James T. Kirk
  • Zachary Quinto as First Officer Spock
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Commander John Harrison
  • Karl Urban as Lieutenant Commander Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, chief medical officer
  • John Cho as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, third officer and helmsman.
  • Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, communications officer.
  • Alice Eve as Dr. Carol Marcus/ Science Officer Carol Wallace
  • Anton Yelchin as Ensign Pavel Chekov, navigator.
  • Simon Pegg as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, second officer and chief engineer.
  • Bruce Greenwood as Rear Admiral Christopher Pike
  • Noel Clarke, as Thomas Harewood, a Starfleet employee, working within Section 31
  • Nazneen Contractor as Rima Harewood, Thomas' wife
  • Peter Weller, as Starfleet Admiral Alexander Marcus, Dr. Carol Marcus' father

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