Star Trek Into Darkness
PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence
Two bad guys, lot’s of action, with familiar and humorous interplay between Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, and Chekov, the latest Star Trek satisfies that longing for “comfort sci-fi.”
The plot leveraged a demented character from a past episode that we dimly recall, but happily the plot is self sufficient and not knowing the past is not a barrier to savoring the ride. It was soothing to see Mr. Nimoy with a cameo appearance, although we did have an extended discussion with a family member on the way home about the relationship between the two Spocks. The acting was true to the spirit of the established personalities, and we got the feeling they were having fun at the same time.
Your “sci-fi genius” credentials will be stroked as you easily anticipate the second half of the movie, but we never started watching the clock and we enjoyed the entire journey. The audience laughed frequently, including during a “lover’s spat” between Spock, Uhura, and a “trying to stay out of it” Kirk.
Now, we’re not saying this is a ground breaking sci-fi movie. In fact we ran into several of the “Movie Project Plotchés,” which we won’t list because of their potential spoiler effect. You might give send us an email with the ones that you noticed.
But as far as our state of mind at the end, we reluctantly got up to leave with that feeling of “All Good things must come to an end.”
Our audience clapped as the credits started to roll, and I already have that sad feeling that we’ll have to wait a year or two before the next installment. Wait… we can rent all the Star Trek movies and have a Trek Fest.
Let’s do it, or perhaps even go see “Star Trek Into Darkness” again.