Written May 31, 2013
It is a fast paced exciting movie. I liked it. However, just keep in mind that there is no originality left in Hollywood. They stole a major scene from earlier Star Trek and made It a major part of the movie.....they could have easily put some thought into it and made an "original scene".you will recognize the long scene, it felt like it was just a time filler. The same is true with EVERY SINGLE show on television. Just steal a scene and think that no one will remember where it first occurred. The acting is good, I thought that Karl Urban (dr. McCoy) did a great job even though he does not get a lot of camera time. Go see it. It is more predictable than not, but it is an exciting movie. a new favorite actor of mine Anton Yelchin, is also a great "Chekhov". Oh, one more interesting thing--the "new" Klingon look is good. They don't look like the traditional Klingons, but they fit the idea of them perfectly.
Written May 17, 2013
JJ Abrams continues to rewrite the Star Trek universe to fairly good effect. Although it has a few good SFX set pieces, this is a plot and character-driven story writ large across the galaxy: Kirk struggles to integrate fallibility, hubris and greatness into a man fit to lead others where they've never gone before. Benedict Cumberbatch makes a deliciously complex bad guy and all the usual crew members get their assorted moments to shine. A few ridiculously goofy nods to the mythology are thrown in (a Tribble?!?!?! really?!?!?!), but this is very much Abrams' unique and refreshing perspective on this classic cosmology. Worth seeing, and worth seeing on the BIG screen.
Written May 25, 2013
Really? We've waited so long for this only to get a rehash when Jim and Spock trade roles and the ever present Khan. Didn't like Khan in Star Trek or the Star Trek movie. Can't say there was much improvement in this one. Sometimes it felt trite and confused especially when you can't beam someone up but you can beam someone down, twice. Special effects were bad in some parts. Maybe that was for effect probably for 3D but I didn't even have a suspense of reality for those speeders in San Francisco. The actors playing Jim, Spock, Bones, and Scotty are getting the character down but the character of Uhurah is just pain annoying. Move on nothing to see here.
Written March 07, 2015
As a longtime Star Trek fan, I was very disappointed in this effort. The plot was a mashup of previous episodes and movies (Space Seed and The Wrath of Khan) with some twists to give the impression of originality. I easily spotted most of the revelations and twists well before they occurred. In addition, the story was shot through with logical errors. Example, if you want to bomb a volcano, why not use a drone instead of risking your First Officer's life? There was a lot of flash and bang to cover up the plot holes but that got old very quickly. Nor were the characters especially interesting. Kirk openly defies Starfleet regulations and lies about it. Uhura and Spock jeopardize a vital mission by having a lover's quarrel on duty. And Admiral Marcus is merely a strawman for the scriptwriter's prejudices rather than a realistic person with a serious point of view. On the other hand, I liked the fact that San Francisco still has cable cars and nightclubs 300 years in the future.
Written March 05, 2015
I was amazed how many familiar characters, dialogue and storyline parallels revealed themselves as the movie progressed. Spectacular effects including complex textures in fast-moving scenes. I didn't see the 3D IMAX version yet, but feel it would be awesome! As a 40-year fan of Classic Trek, this movie remains loyal to character development and depth, as well as defining inter-relationships among them that I find intriguing and exciting! The language is Disney-clean, the violence principally off-camera, yet action adventurers will find a continuous barrage of scene-after-scene adventure!