Director: J. J. Abrams
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 132 min.
On a planet in the Nibiru system, Captain Jim Kirk and his crew have broken protocol in order to rescue a civilization from a deadly volcano. When their plan goes wrong and in order to save Spock’s life, Kirk must violate Starfleet’s Prime Directive—never to interfere with the development of an alien civilization—by allowing the primitive natives to catch a glimpse of the Enterprise. Naturally, he lies about it in his official reports. Unfortunately, Spock submits a report as well, and Vulcans never lie. Admiral Marcus responds to Kirk’s blatant disregard of protocol by demoting him to First Officer and transferring Spock to another ship. But before these changes can take place, tragedy strikes. A rogue Starfleet Officer, John Harrison, blows up a Starfleet library, and when the Starfleet Command gathers to address the crisis, Harrison attacks again. Among the dead is Kirk’s mentor and friend, Christopher Pike. When Mr. Scott traces Harrison’s teleport back to the Klingon home world, all that is on Kirk’s mind is regaining control of the Enterprise and avenging Pike’s death. But John Harrison may not be who he seems. . . .
J. J. Abrams has once again created an absolutely wonderful Star Trek film. I am still amazed at how true this cast is to the original characters they are portraying. Of course Benedict Cumberbatch is a wonderful addition. Star Trek fans probably won’t be surprised by any of the “twists,” but that doesn’t matter. Abrams isn’t relying on any cheap tricks or dramatic revelations. Everything—from the dialogue to the character development to the action sequences—is well written and engaging. If you like Sci-Fi and/or action movies, go see Into Darkness! (I also recommend 3D on this one; it’s great!)