The first Star Trek movie was a movie defining moment for all fans of the franchise and the ones that weren’t. The second movie was promised to be a stand alone movie by JJ Abrams before the trailers came out for it. There is always two crowds that watch the Star Trek movies. One- Trekkies and the other- Non-Trekkies (wannabe Trekkies). This movie is satisfying for both groups of fans. I consider myself to be in between a wannabe trekkie and a full blown trekkie as I did not watch the tv shows. I had played a role in The Wrath of Khan play in high school drama class. Ever since then I was part of the Starfleet fan base.
The movie starts of with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones (Karl Urban) running through a primitive planet where the USS Enterprise is sent on a mission to observe the species and to turn off an erupting volcano to save the planet. The first twist in the movie come in about 10 minutes into the movie when Kirk defies the rule of saving one person’s life over giving up the identity of the ship to the primitive species. The friendship between Spock and Kirk is developed to a great detail in this movie and it is one of the most enduring factors that makes the movie more interesting.
The story starts off when Kirk is fired for not obeying the rule of Starfleet and both him and his crew are re-assigned to other ships. The bar scene between Bruce Greenwood and Chris Pine is a great one which shows how much a father figure Admiral Pike is to Kirk. We see the introduction of the main negative character in the movie very early in the movie. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Commander John Harrison and is outstanding in the movie. His intro scene gives you chills as he keeps his calm and composed demeanor with a British accent of course. That does add to it. John Harrison has a vendetta against Starfleet as he was one of them and the movie revolved around how far he is willing to go to make they pay. There is one cameo in the movie. Anyone who saw the previous Star Trek in 2009, will guess it if given three tries or even 1 depending on if you are trekkie or not.
The action in the movie is outstanding, more importantly the CGI is top notch (watch out of the scene where Kirk is jetting through space from one ship to another). The director brings his sense of being a “trekkie” to the movie and it pays off greatly to every fans delight. In 2013 so far, I have yet to see a movie with so many twists and turns. The tongue and cheek scenes between Uhura and Spock are a great addition to the movie. It also plays to the playboyish personality of Captain Kirk when he is put in between the two of them. Overall, the screenplay is great to begin with, and with some editing in the middle of the movie, it would have been simply top notch. The background score also adds a zing to the movie and works great especially in the outer space scenes.
In conclusion, I would say the movie is one hell of an entertainer for the masses. I watched it in 3D and was not disappointed AT ALL.
Star Trek Into Darkness is in theaters now.