Written May 16, 2013
I saw Into Darkness last night in 3-D IMAX. Before I say the negatives , let me give a positive. This Movie made great use of the 3-D & IMAX formats. So you are going to this be sure to at least see it in 3-D.
Next is the Action, which is good and a lot chase scenes. But there were too many and Spock show way too much emotion during them. It seems like they were trying to win the award for most Action scenes in a single movie.
But the worst part of this movie is the script that is a Lame knock-off of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. They went so far to re-use almost line-per-line Star Trek II : Spock's Death scene but only reversing Spock's and Kirk's roles. The entire Theater Boo'd & Shouted at the Screen during this part of the movie. This entire plot knock-off was not Star Trek fans have come to expect.
The success of Star Trek from the Classic episodes to the Movies has always been an unique plot not seen before in Star Trek History.
Written April 30, 2016
I thought the first movie in the new timeline was a brilliant piece of work and this one is a very worthy follow up. Once again all of the actors pull off their roles brilliantly and do great homage to the original actors.
I'm still not quite comfortable with the idea of Spock and Uhura as a couple but that relationship ads some funny tension to the movie. The ending of the movie was well done and I felt brilliantly executed.
If Paramount had the budget to do a new TV show with this cast this movie ends in a brilliant setup for it.
Overall I think Abrams did a bang up job continuing to recreate a universe that similar but vastly different than the original.
One last bit... I am disappointed that they continued the use of the modified tag line, I was hoping with the reboot they would drop that PC nonsense but sadly it's not to be...
Written October 09, 2015
JJ Abrams and his team are talented film makers. I just don't think they are capable of channeling Gene Roddenberry. The two movies in this new reboot series are overly focused on violent confrontation at the expense of the journey of discovery that was at the heart of the classic series and movies. The first reboot worked because of some truly novel twists infused into the Star Trek universe (destruction of Vulcan, for example). This de facto reboot of Star Trek II dilutes the Khan-Kirk confrontation by inserting an extraneous third villain (Peter Weller's Admiral Marcus) into the story. The best scenes in this film are between the various crew members; the relationships are deepened and made richer in this film. If there is to be a third installment, the makers should build on that & return us to "going where no one has gone before."
Written March 27, 2015
This was definitely more action packed then the first and the characters/actors have gelled into a team. At first I wasn't a huge fan of the restart, but I'm enjoying how they are taking storylines from the original and seeing where they take them, but in the end they were destined to come together no matter what. The interplay was great and the writers definitely understood and incorporated the humor that was always found in the original series. Benedict plays a wonderful icy blue eyed villan, but is no contest to Chris Pine's baby blues. If you love/like Star Trek, you should just go and enjoy the ride!
Written October 25, 2014
If you're a Star Trek fan like I am, you might be reading a lot of message boards from fans that are ripping the film. DON'T BELIEVE THEM! It is a very small, but extremely vocal group. The film is amazing! Go, and have a great time. Highly recommended!