Wow! Awesome! The streak of even numbered Star Trek movies being better than the odd numbered ones continues! The first rebooted Star Trek movie was very good, but the second installment in this film is incredible! Once again Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Bones), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Anton Yelchin (Chekov) and John Cho (Sulu) capture the true essence and spirit of the original Star Trek characters, although Simon Pegg’s (Scotty) bordered on annoying. It is eerie how well they slip into the roles and adopt the personalities of the characters I loved so well as a kid. This new Star Trek movie is filled with all of the latest technology that one would expect in a sci-fi adventure of this magnitude. The Enterprise is sleek, clean and pristine, the uniforms and their various colors pop, and space looks gorgeous.
Not only does the movie look good, but it has a solid story line that embraces its alternate timeline roots with Easter eggs, scenes and conversations that are familiar, but slightly different. The story follows Captain Kirk who is still brash and reckless in his infant captaincy, which leads to some unforeseen consequences. These events humble our brave captain, which I believe begins the process of molding him into the dashing and daring captain we all know and love. While dealing with these consequences, Captain Kirk goes on a quest of vengeance (You will catch it if you see the movie!) to kill a terrorist who is responsible for an attack on London. However, all is not what it may seem, and this is what makes this movie so great, a Star Trek movie with twists! I haven’t seen something like that since Star Treks IV and VI.
Star Trek puts its money on the screen in the form of beautiful earth side and space shots, spectacular special effects and a dark adventure story, sprinkled with some humor worked into the film, which makes this film the best movie I have seen this year! Yes I liked this film better than Iron Man 3 and Oblivion.
Now despite the fact that I loved this movie, I have to say I was extremely disappointed with my 3D IMAX viewing experience. I went the extra mile to see this film in 3D and on the giant screen, and all I got at times were double vision images and a sore neck. This almost ruined my experience. Kameron agreed as well. I will probably have to see Star Trek again, but on a good’ol flat screen. James Cameron’s 3D Avatar this movie is not!
I hear many people complain that Star Trek needs to go back to the original timeline, Puhhhlleeeassseee! This new timeline is taking Star Trek in a fresh unknown direction that I cannot wait to see unfold!
Keep it coming!