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Captain Kirk, Spock and crew find themselves battling an enemy aboard the Enterprise who is hell bent on causing their utter destruction. Will they be able to save the ship and themselves in time?
It's emotions versus practicality and the needs of the many versus the needs of a few that's the underlining message in this, most recent Trekkie outing. James Kirk (Chris Pine) is a brash and bold risk taker with an ego to match. Spock, of course, is the cold, calculating, logical Vulcan voice of reason. The film has situations aplenty that calls for use of both their approaches. The opening scene has them beating a hasty exit from an alien planet, featuring exotic, crimson flora that sears the screen. They're there to save the planet from extinction by plugging up a volcano. It's not 'logical', but the visuals are so exciting that you can't help but watch.
The movie then shifts focus to the one-man-army, sharply-dressed John Harrison (Cumberbatch) whose need for vengeance makes him seemingly unstoppable. There's a scene where Kirk and Harrison zoom through an interstellar asteroid field that'll have you at the edge of your seat. Don't let the
part of the title mislead you; It's a fun movie with more than a few cheeky one-liners in between - and even during -energetic action scenes.
The film will grab you from the opening shot and not let go. Despite a running time of over two hours, you won't feel as though you've been watching for that long because there's not a wasted nanosecond. Its pace is frenetic but not exhausting. J.J. Abrams sure knows how to make his films with style and the stunts in here are pretty awesome. Far from being superficial, the story and plot underscoring the breathtaking visual effects is solid. What you see is what you get, and this is one heck of a good entertainer. Don't miss it.
If you love the star trek franchise because it consistently delivers thought provoking interesting stories without the brutality and violence that Hollywood seems hooked on, you're going to be as disappointed as I was with this movie.<br/>It looked big, the acting was really good, but JJ Abrams for some unknown reason decided it was necessary to remove the essence of what makes Star Trek different and replace it with some Michael Bay antics. At times it was like watching someone play a video game
As someone who has grown up with the franchise, watched every show and every movie (I've watched the entire DS9 series at least twice!), suffered through characters/actors who I didn't care for (Tasha Yar, seriously?), I realize we all have opinions about what makes Gene Roddenberry's vision so lasting.<br/><br/>That being said? I LOVED this movie. I even capitalized it I loved it so much. The play between the characters, the more human version of Spock, the absolutely delightful "Scotty" (although his sidekick is one of those throwaway characters I dislike) as well as a much better crafted plot this time made for a completely enjoyable movie. The action is intense, the friendship deepened between the characters, the twists and turns are a bit predictable at times, but that is reminiscent of the franchise as a whole. I am already excited for the next movie. I tremendously respected and appreciated the ties in this movie to the elements that make Star Trek great - strong story line, deep connection to the characters and a philosophical element. In some of the older Star Trek episodes the moral/philosophical element can be oppressively heavy handed. No so in the new Trek movie. The ideas of friendship, family and humanity are woven through this movie with subtly and I will outright admit I more than teared up during the climactic scene in the engine room. EVEN though I had already figured out what was going to happen, I have already come to care about, respect and enjoy the new actors in their iconic roles.<br/><br/>So yes, ten out of ten. And let the haters, hate. Those who can not embrace change can go sit and watch old Star Trek reruns and bemoan the 'good old days' and spout off all the reasons why 'Star Trek ain't what it used to be'!!!!<br/><br/>I, on the other hand, will boldly go and embrace the new with a continued reverence for the old. This movie makes it possible to love both.