Written September 28, 2016
Family is the core theme of this movie and that theme is handled perfectly. I've been watching Star Trek since 1966. I've seen all the spin-off televsion series, and I've read quite a few of the books. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the others are old friends, and I have to praise J.J. Abrams for taking this crew of the Enterprise places their predecessors were unable to go. The tangental universe concept (though not new to Trek or science fiction in general) was absolutely the best method of reviving and invigorating Trek. With that in mind, "Into Darkness" took that concept to the next level. Revisiting characters from the original series is an inevitable necessity, and it was handled skillfully and respectfully. It was nice to know they'd encountered more than a few already. My heartiest kudos to the writers, producers, dorector, and actors for an enjoyable addition to Trek's journey.
Written July 28, 2016
The movie brings back some old characters, and adds some interesting twists in this alternate universe. Loved the 3D, the action, and the effects were great. Really liked the story, but am ready for some original plot lines.
Written September 26, 2016
I've always been a trekkie, trekker, what-have-you. I have to admit that I really want JJ Abrams' revamp of the franchise to work. With the scale back of all of the spinoffs television shows, the movies are the only thing to look forward to. Without giving anything away, Into Darkness has a couple of scenes that even if you don't care for Star Trek, you've got to end up teary-eyed. The main characters are still be created and I'm sure will reach a perfect blend if the movie series can make a decent enough run. On a side note: the Abrams signature lens flares didn't bother me on my first viewing in Imax, but it really bothered me in regular 3D. To the Star Trek series, I can only say "Live Long and Prosper!"
Written October 28, 2016
The makers of this movie should be applauded, not only for making a great film, but in preserving the spirit of the Star Trek franchise. Each character carries the nuances and spirit of the classic characters. From Kirk's bravado, to Dr. McCoy's catch phrases, to Spock's logic, each character holds true to their predecessors portrayal of them.
The action throughout holds your attention but does not overshadow the story line. This film could have easily been a crutch for computer generated imagery, yet it is the characters who grab you and hold onto you. The 3D effects, although excellently done, do not up stage the film.
I think that Gene Roddenberry would be pleased with this interpretation of his vision.
Written April 30, 2016
For me, "Into Darkness" did not live up to the hype. The story was just too meager for a full-length movie, and even so there were some pretty significant plot holes. Also, I found the action sequences to be overly drawn out, as if they were padding.
That said, it is an enjoyable flick. The acting is outstanding. I especially like the Spock/Kirk dynamic, and Benedict Cumberbatch was marvelously threatening as a bad guy.
In a nutshell: not fantastic, but enjoyable and definitely worth seeing.