Written October 24, 2016
This one might not be as thought provoking as some of the TV shows, but it kept us on the edge of our seats almost as much as the oringal Star Wars did the first time I saw it. Still not wild about the new timeline, but Abrams has done a commendable job of not forgetting those of us with decades of ST vestment, while enticing new generations to the franchise.
If you go into this one having purposely avoided all of the advanced leaks / discussions, you are in for some surprises. Even if you know the rumors, you'll enjoy the action.
IMO this is one of the better ST movies of all time.
Written October 24, 2016
I'm not a "Trekie" but WOW this movie was so well done I can't believe it. I don't like the old school Star Trek movies but this new franchise is amazing. Best writing ever but what do you expect from JJ Abrahms and BAD ROBOT
Written February 28, 2015
The action is abundant, characters get to develop and the humorous dynamics between them really start to click here. Cool to see Peter "RoboCop" Weller on board as an admiral. The main villain is well-played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and all spoilers aside, you know who that character is by now. I liked this movie a lot, probably a bit more than JJ Abrams' first Trek, although I was a little irked by the blatant rip-offs from the 80's Trek 2 (dialogue, a climactic scene involving heroic sacrifice, and one really hilarious "Shatnerism" that I thought would work as a joke, but never imagined would actually happen in this film!)
But hey, these new Treks are tons of fun and I dare say better than the last few Next Generation features. Looking forward to those new Abrams-helmed Star Wars movies. Geek it up!
Written May 28, 2016
The revelation of the true identity of the villain was great! loved the reversal from 'Wrath of Khan' with Kirk being the one who takes the radiation, and Spock on the outside of the glass. It is sooo eerie to see be able to see this cast 'aging' into the original cast-marvelous actors pre-creating the franchise. Only thing that could have been better-if Ricardo Montalban were alive to see this incarnation of Khan. Loved how they even squeezed a Tribble in! Oh, and all you fellow Dr. Who fans-did you catch the connection?
Written May 01, 2016
This is a very good Star Trek movie. If you are familiar with the original series (and I am old enough to have seen it first run) and the original actors in the first 6 movies, you should find the retelling very clever in what they used and how they go about it. While some backstory may be missing, it is not worth cutting what they have and it runs at about a perfect length. I saw it in 3D and while non-intrusive it didn't really enhance the experience and I plan on going back to a regular theater to see it again. I can't imagine it being much better and hope it makes enough to keep the series going in theaters with these actors. A+. Slight spoiler alert. It happened so fast but I am sure I heard the name Mudd as a passing reference during the movie. Has no bearing to the plot really but thought it was a very good shout out to the old series. Correct me if I am wrong.