Written May 31, 2016
I grew up with the original series and especially loved the original cast trilogy of Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock and Voyage home.
This movie captured much of the magical original interplay of a crew that has grown to care about each other like family. It had countless reverent references to the original series and the trilogy movies that satisfied this longtime trekker, yet this story stood on its own even as it borrowed all these older characters and references.
Many newbies probably did not even pick them up, but they were enchanted by the same magic that made the old series great. I especially liked the moral conflicts that arose througout the movie.
The actors are truly growing into their roles and in hindsight the casting may be the greatest inspiration of the 2009 reboot and Into Darkness.
An excting ride that mixes the pacing of dialogue and action just right!
Well done and Live Long and Prosper!
Written May 28, 2016
The movie was truly awesome and funny at the same time. You had references to all the original movies and then some through out the whole movie. It's an amazing adventure to watch and a must watch to any sci-fi fan.
Written May 31, 2016
We were disgusted...this was a poor rehash of "The Wrath of Khan" with lots of explosions and stuff flying at the audience - gotta use the 3-D effects....the story got lost, and while the Kirk and Spock characters are just great, I have to say the rest of the cast is ...uh....overdone, overwrought, overacted...just not good.
J.J. Abrams, that's enough retooling...let's have an original story next time!
Written June 28, 2016
May be the best offering of the franchise. While only time will tell whether Into Darkness will eclispse Wrath of Khan, it is the first challenge to WOK dominance. Chris Pine has firmly claimed the mantle of James T. Kirk. I would say, his Kirk may be more engaging that Shatner's. I only have two nitpicks which I will not post here to avoid spoilers and because the are pretty minor. Even after my second viewing I am suspend my disbelief.
It was a great homage to WOK...and a worthy successor.
Written July 23, 2016
JJ Abrams has done it again with another voyage of the Starship Enterprise and another deft touch with his alternate timeline scenario. However some things have not changed and one of those is the villain. You've either seen it. Talked to someone who has or looked it up on IMDB and wondered why they called him one thing in the trailers and interviews but he's listed on their credits as Khan. It's true. All the stuff Montalban couldn't do in Space Seed and STWOK is made up for as Cumberbatch uses a mixture of brains and brawn to blaze through every scene like a souped up photon torpedo. I did think Chekov was wronged in the movie with screen time but everyone else does pretty well. This puts Kirk on the path to learning what a Starship Captain needs to know that so far he's been able to bluff his way through and write off to pure luck. His luck just ran out here and the one to take it away from him is Cumberbatch. Go see this now.