Written October 23, 2014
This is a fantastic movie, from beginning to end. Do yourself a favor and see it in 3D, you will not regret it. Also, if you go to ArcLight, La Jolla, Theater 7 is the largest theater (which I found out in reading reviews). :D
Written November 30, 2014
Simply put, to say "MUST GO!" just feels inadequate....
Wouldn't be surprised if this movie prompted Fandago to add a "STFU & GO!" rating! And ....just for the record that stands for "Stop Trolling Fandango Unendingly & GO! ... at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;)
Written December 27, 2014
A great movie starts with a great trailer that can get you excited yet give away as little of the actual plot as possible. Kudos to J.J. Abrams for the excellent set up and execution!
This movie had the right amount of everything...drama, comedy, seriousness, cheesiness, action, acting, cinematography, costumes, action (deserves a double mention), special effects, set design...everything!
As predictable as some parts were, other parts seemed to warp out of nowhere to great effect. Into the Darkness seems both familiar and fresh. Some elements definitely echo The Wrath of Khan even though this story takes place parallel to that one in an alternative universe sort of way.
This movie shows that the Star Trek franchise has legs and plenty of room to stretch them into future amazing movies.
The beginning of the credits has cool planetary scenes (especially in 3D). There's nothing after.
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Written August 29, 2014
I loved the first movie, and I honestly didn't think this movie would come close. It didn't. It absolutely blew past the bar the first on set.
Written October 24, 2014
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!