Directed By: J. J. Abrams
Written By: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof
Based on: Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry
Starring: John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alive Eve, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Peter Weller & Anton Yelchin
Captain James T. Kirk has been reprimanded along with his First Commander, Spock for violating the Prime Directive. But after an attack on Star Command , they are handed back the U.S.S. Enterprise on a mission of revenge that turns into something more, costing a life and revealing the true villain.
EPIC! Easily the best movie of this summer! This movie had everything that makes Star Trek what it is. The opening sequence itself was brilliantly done with the introduction and chemistry between the team that makes this movie oh so very great. Further established within this movie the brotherhood between Spock and Kirk as well as Kirk’s notorious arrogance that makes his character just so very charming. Chris Pine, you are a great Captain Kirk. As a Trekkie myself I have great appreciation for what the writers and J. J. Abrams have done with this second movie. Although there were some discrepancies that don’t coincide with the Original Television Series, like the Tribbles and the fact that the villain, okay gonna say it, Khan, was in hibernation for 300 years, when he really should have only been in hibernation with his crew for 150 years, personally I can overlook those.
But any true Star Trek fan will love this movie because it doesn’t overwrite what has been established, like Khan’s past, it changes it a little, but it keeps it within the realm of the Star Trek Universe. There are so many allusions to other Star Trek Films starring the OTS cast. It’s an action packed adventure with amazing special effects. The acting and chemistry between the characters and the actors is still amazing. The introduction of Khan as the villain, but ultimately not the only true villain was great. The Tribble, I’m grateful was only one and used in such a miniscule way.
This movie was just done so well and the writing behind it was the main reason. They were able to tap into the memorable stories that all Trekkies should know and love. It also is not a reboot, it does not undo Wrath of Khan, but it does give a different origin to their first encounter and the ending was great with the narration that starts off each episode of the OTS. It’s amazing! This movie has great acting, a solid and well done plot line, and amazing special effects! I am certainly going to see it again…and again…and maybe a third time. Best movie to come out so far this summer! ★★★★ (A+)