Written September 24, 2014
The Creator's prime directive is life. The Creator sets the way of life and the way of death before us and asks us to choose life. "Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death." (Jer 21:8 NKJ)
Kirk is tested at Starfleet and on a primitive planet and both times chooses life over the dead traditions of men. Kirk respects the human rights of his neighbor equal to his own divinely endowed rights. Kirk has rightly chosen life.
Khan believes his rights are superior to his neighbors and this gives him the right to force them to conform or to kill them. Khan, like evil Cain, chooses the way of death.
Star Trek Into Darkness is a great adventure and moral play.
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 December 25, 2014
I know it's sci-fi fantasy but how come when the artificial gravity fails the crew starts falling as the ship is plummeting toward earth? And damn Kirk had a looooong time to fix the energy system.
Written August 01, 2014
After the great reboot of Star Trek, this sequel raises the stakes even higher. Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan is phenomenal as well as rest of the returning cast. The movie was exciting and faced paced at all times. However some things in the story were kind of ridiculous and feels poorly written at time. Overall the movie was very enjoyable and the action and visual effects were definitely on par.
Written August 22, 2014
Like its predecessors, some Trek movies are hits and some are not. This falls into the latter category. It was not just poorly written, it is wrong. The original Trek had a cheesy sets, but the stories had interesting characters, new species in various stages of development, boldly going where no one has gone before. Darkness 3-D has amazing effects. The actors perfectly channel the originals (especially McCoy); There were all the cute tributes to the original. However, its obvious that the writers didn't respect Trek mythology. Go back to the Star Logs!. Viewers are asked to go back to where they have been before and accept needless story changes making the future illogical They adulterate the Captain Pike story. The villain is miscast. No way Benedict would later morph into one of Trek's most formidable foes. The original cast would have been forearmed A scene calls for one of the characters to sacrifice himself plagiarizing STIII. See Iron Man III again.