Star Trek into Darkness

Jays Rating:

Director J.J. Abrams is once again at the helm (no pun intended) in the sci-fi action film Star Trek Into Darkness. The story begins on the class M planet of Nigiru where Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and first officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) save the planet from a massive volcano. The Starship Enterprise and its crew are ordered back to Star Fleet in San Francisco because of Kirks careless behavior and loose interpretation of the Prime Directive. When a terrorist named Khan (Benedict Cumderdatch) blows up a building in London, then escapes to the Klingon planet of Kronos, Commander Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) sends the Starship Enterprise after him. When the Enterprise is ordered to load 72 torpedoes before they leave and the engineer Scotty (Simon Pegg) is not allowed to inspect them, he refuses to go on the mission. (No “Beam me up, Scotty!” this time) The Enterprise finally reaches Kronos and helmsmen Sulu (John Cho) is left in command of the ship along with the bridge crew, Chekhov (Anton Yelchin), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Dr. McCoy “Bones” (Karl Urban) while Kirk and Spock go down to the planet to find Khan. (I never did understand why the two most important people on the ship do the most dangerous work by transporting into all hostile situations.) Finally, the real excitement begins with starship battles, fights between earthlings and Klingons, and even some conflicts between the crew. This film hits the ground – or should I say planet – running in the first two minutes and doesn’t slow up till the last scene. This movie has everything you would want in a Star Trek story. There are nods to the original series, metaphors from McCoy, and humorous and emotional scenes between Kirk and Spock. Benedict Cumderdatch is well known for his acting in television, films, and theater in the U.K. and is fantastic in his portrayal of the new Kahn. To keep the story interesting there are a couple cameos; one is by a trebbel and I don’t even know its name. The story moves along at warp speed and this film is on par with the first movie in 2009. Yes, it is a little predictable, but most Star Trek fans have watched the original series hundreds of times and it’s hard to surprise them. The great news is you don’t have to be a Trekkie to enjoy this fantastic movie and I’m giving it an A rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA