Synopsis: Read on IMDB
Should you watch this movie? Absolutely! It is the geek “must watch” of the season. I believe it was a very good film overall, visually stunning with awesome performances and a great storyline.
Some time after the events of the first movie, the USS Enterprise is called back home after violating the Prime Directive (of non interference) in their last mission. On the crew’s returned they are faced with a series of attacks on Starfleet by a rogue agent by the name of “John Harrison”. When the perpetrator of these attack flees, the Enterprise is sent on a manhunt in enemy Klingon territory, which could jeopardize Earth’s future into a full-blown war. It is once again up to Captain James T. Kirk and his crew to make sure that does not happen. Awesomeness ensues!
Let’s first get the obvious out of the way first. Visually it is stunning, whether you watch it in 3D or regular version. There are enough action scenes and explosions to your heart’s content. One of the amazing consequences of having the first movie’s plot line creating an alternate timeline: Anything goes, while still keeping some of the original aspects of the series and subsequent movies. On that note, the story is good. No plot holes you should care about at least (this means I was too entertained to notice!)
Chris Pine plays the typical Captain Kirk, a gutsy risk taker with some of the best lines ever! Zoe Saldana’s Uhura is not as prominent in this movie as she was in the previous one, but we get to see a little bit more or Chekov (played by Anton Yelchin), Sulu (played by John Cho), Bones (played by Karl Urban), the always great Scotty (played by funnyman Simon Pegg) and of course, my favorite next to Scotty, Spock, played by Zachary Quinto. Could you imagine someone else playing Spock other than Leonard Nimoy himself? Never has a man made bangs look so freaking gorgeous!
Newcomers to the franchise are Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch. The former, nothing special to report, the latter…. Whooooa…. epic! His portrayal of “John Harrison” (very mild spoiler alert that won’t ruin the movie for you: not his real name) was just perfection! He’s villainous nature was brilliantly protrayed in a very deep performance, with a deep enough voice to match. A critic best described it as “so sepulchrally resonant that it could have been synthesised from the combined timbres of Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Alan Rickman holding an elocution contest down a well” His casting has been critiziced by some, I won’t go into the details because it would reveal too much about the character, but fellow geeks out there know what I’m talking about. But let me put it this way: if you are not a Trekkie, you won’t care. He was awesome!
Does my inner geek approve of this movie? The answer is YES! J.J. Abrams, director of this movie gets massive kudos from me!
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