Written November 28, 2014
I think anyone who enjoys a good summer action/fun movie will enjoy this...but Star Trek fans have got to see it as soon as possible. Won't spoil anything in the review but you will love the nods to the original series/movies and even twists on the familiar. There were scenes that literally brought tears to my eyes.
A little intense for the younger kids, plus they may not appreciate or understand the drama of some scenes. But a very enjoyable follow-up to the the 2009 series reboot.
Writers have done a great job with dialogue and plotting. No, it's not the most original plot, but I thought it did a great job of freshening it up and adding some modern concerns to the mix (terrorism, what you're willing to do for security, revenge/mercy, manipulation/mistrust).
3D did not seem to be intrusive, but don't sit too close to the screen on this one or you'll miss part of what's happening on other parts of the screen.
Written July 29, 2015
Some will say that this movie isn't necessarily original. It's a reboot, so how original can it really get?
They have taken bits out of the original Star Trek, mashed it up, and made it quite entertaining for the jaded Trekkie, and yet somebody that doesn't know that much about Star Trek will still enjoy the movie.
The action starts at the beginning, and doesn't stop.
The acting from the whole cast is excellent.
Written May 17, 2013
Ok, there are a few plot points that are really just for the enjoyment of watching the Enterprise appear from the depths of the ocean. But other than that, the story was sound. Many references to movies past. I enjoyed this as a fan of movies and a fan of the Star Trek brand. Well worth the money to see in IMAX and I look forward to seeing it again.
Written May 21, 2013
No spoilers here, the film is way to much fun for me to do that to you.
Great shutouts, touchbacks and references to the original series of movies and show, just like we loved in the 2009 film. Karl Urban still owns as the one who channels his character best in capturing TOS Bones. Action Spock: yes! Remember Kirk and the Orion girl? He doubles his fun this go around. Benedict Cumberbatch TOTALLY brings it with his character, and "John Harrison" just earned him a place in the great Trek villain repertory. He gets multiple great coats in the film too.
Action is upped, comedy is more intelligent, angst is worthy of a piece of fan faction. Saw this as a May 15th 8pm sneak peek. Theater was packed out, people even in ST uniforms. There were bursts of laughter, applause and cheering from the audience at various moments as we watched. Clearly I'm going to have to see this one again since it will be a few years until the next...and I want there to be a next!
Written May 31, 2013
Loved it. Great acting: Cumberbatch, and all. Very fast moving, some would say pace of 2009 better.
The last movie "Star Trek" (2009) provided a perspective on how one event can change history and the lives of people. It accelerated technology. It created an unexpected void.
"Star Trek Into Darkness" shows the character connections are similar to the Pilot, Original Series and first 6 movies.
Kirk's recreational activities. Enough said. Spock's dedication to logic and Pike. Bones' bedside manner and patience. Scotty: the miracle worker. Ready for fun. Sulu: Ready for command. Chekov's youthful enthusiasm. Uhura: the heart of the Enterprise.
Lives that were meant to meet. Trust, betrayal, revenge, death, life and love.
Easter eggs for nitpickers are great:
II: Unsaid, III: atmosphere, IV: collision, VI: Mining.
The Prime Directive, what's that?