Written October 21, 2016
I purposely ignored spoilers and speculation about "Into Darkness" for the last few months, wanting to enjoy the movie as much as possible. I'm glad I did: the plot twists were much more effective and enjoyable to me that way. There's a lot here for Trek fans, even those who may be angry over the "alternate universe" angles that the JJ Abrams movies present. I'm not going to psychoanalyze the characters or deconstruct the finer points of the plot lines - that's better left to the professionals - I will say that this movie entertained me as an action flick should. The acting was spot on, the character interplay was very good, the writing was spot on, and the photography was amazing. There's a few violent parts that may make this show out of the range of younger kids, but for the most part, anybody should get enjoyment out of this sequel, even if you haven't seen the first movie. Highly recommended!
Written May 16, 2013
Too much money is spent on these things for originality. The best one can hope for is not a train wreck, and this is a serviceable follow up to the 2009 film. I won't give anything away, but the "borrowed" plot lines worked for me, even if the current villain did not quite fill the shoes of his predecessor. The 3D was cool for a couple of scenes, but mostly it would have worked in 2D if you ask me. Go see it. As a bonus, there is plenty of Simon Pegg to enjoy (he does fill Scotty's shoes quite nicely).
Written May 17, 2013
Sitting down in my chair as the movie begins I leaned to my girlfriend and said, "This movie will be action from start to finish. I promise, you will be engaged." J.J. Abrams never seems to disappoint. This film takes you and pulls you in all directions. I can be laughing at an undermining comment stated by Bones one minute and wiping the tears from my eye the next. The picture and set pieces are just mind boggling. I cannot tell you how many times I shook my head in amazement, but I expected nothing less from Abrams. The character interaction as well as the development they each have, is lovely to watch. The movie hits home for Trek fans more than a few times which still gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. As the ending credits roll on by, my girlfriend leaned over to me and whispered, "You were right!" This sequel exceeds all expectations.
Written September 25, 2016
It was awesome to see the NEW "Jim" Kirk and all the rest of the NEW, old crew. They have started a new era of Star Trek. This was the best Star Trek movie in a long time! A must see especially for anyone that has ever seen Star Trek before! Well done, Hollywood!!!!
Written May 31, 2016
Good combination of classic and alternate timeline. Funny, sad and emotional. Many one line references to classical characters and situations, but not necessary for understand the movie. My Nieces and nephew love the new Movies.