Screen Gems Movie Reviews with Kennie Bass. You'll find it First On Fox!
May 18, 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness
Studio: Paramount Pictures Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
In director J.J. Abrams re-booted "Star Trek" universe, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and all the rest are still finding their way.
The young crew members are learning about each other. We're seeing how their legendary friendships were formed.
"Star Trek Into Darkness" takes some of the things we've long known about the series and turns them on their pointy ears.
A terrorist named John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) destroys a Starfleet facility, killing several people in the process. He also launches an attack on the organization's HQ, taking out several top commanders.
Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) are given the task of finding Harrison and eliminating him.
They journey to the Klingon homeworld, where Harrison is hiding out and where the natives are not happy about receiving guests from the Federation.
Starfleet's top admiral (Peter Weller) wants Harrison dead, but instead Kirk decides instead to capture the villain and return him to Earth for trial. However, after giving up, Harrison says he has good reasons for his attacks and urges Kirk to investigate.
I can't get into the guts of this movie without spoiling some major surprises, so I won't. I will tell you that Abrams has crafted a high-energy, suspenseful story that is full of "wow" moments.
Pine's Kirk is cocky and reckless. But that doesn't last for long. The events of the film knock him down a peg or two, and that's not a bad thing. Quinto's Spock still hasn't figured out how to incorporate his human half into the equation and that causes tension. He and Kirk are still figuring each other out.
The rest of the cast, including Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho and Anton Yelchin are very good as the bridge crew. Simon Pegg's Scotty gets the most to do and he nails it. Pegg is funny, but also manages to be the miracle worker that we all expect.
Abrams takes classic "Star Trek" moments and twists them into a new form. While familiar, they still manage to be brand new.
This is a trek well worth taking, as it explores the choices we make and the consequences of them.
On my rating scale, "Star Trek Into Darkness" earns a HOME RUN.
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