Star Trek Into Greatness

The latest installment of the legendary “Star Trek” franchise is here and is everything that summer blockbusters are made of.  It’s a rip roaring sci-fi adventure that can satisfy the greatest and casual Trek fan.  The film is the second installment of J.J. Abrams rebooted series that sees the iconic crew of the USS Enterprise face one of their most perilous challenge yet.

The film begins with Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) leading his crew on an expedition to saving a planet that is about to be destroyed by a massive volcano.  After Kirk yet again disobeys orders and is reported by his first officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) he gets the position he so willingly inherited and abused taken away from him.  Kirk is now under the command of his fellow recruiter and mentor Admiral Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood).

Outside of the Enterprise crew lies the beginnings of treason and destruction at the hands of an unknown Starfleet agent: John Harrison (played by Benedict Cumberbatch).  After and attack on a Starfleet data center by Harrison, a one man war on the organization is declared.  After another attack by Harrison that hits close to home for Kirk and Spock, the Enterprise crew is reassembled with some heavy artillery.

Kirk and crew are assigned to destroy Harrison who is now on the outposts of the galaxy on the Klingon planet of Kronos while trying to not risk war with the species.  After a lengthy battle, Harrison surrenders willingly leaving many to suspect what his true intentions are.  We find out who Harrison is, what his intentions are and what the real threat to Kirk and his crew may be.

What made the first Trek reboot in 2009 great is still here: action, suspense, special effects, the actors portraying these legendary characters, and humor.  These are all elements that made “Star Trek ” one of my all time favorite films and a fan of this series.  Although I didn’t see this movie in 3D, I saw the 10 minute preview in IMAX 3D back in December in front of “The Hobbit” and was blown away by it.  I’ll soon be making my way to an IMAX theater to experience the film the way it was meant to be seen.

I can’t say enough how satisfied I was leaving the theater after watching this film.  I looked forward to this film since 2009, and after all the production delays, it was well worth the wait.  I just hope part three isn’t as long a wait, or the end of this series for that matter.  I could watch a new “Star Trek” film every year for the next decade or so.  I loved every second of it.  So much so, I’m watching the original series on Netflix.

What made me love the first and now the second film is J.J. Abrams didn’t take what was their before and made the same “Star Trek” that had been around for nearly five decades.  He admittedly was never a fan of Trek, but rather a fan of “Star Wars.”  He took the elements that were in the original “Star Wars” movies and blended them into this universe to make the “Star Trek” movies reach a broader audience and create the ultimate “Star Trek” experience.  It really makes me wonder what he’ll do as the director of the next “Star Wars” film.  Hopefully, like the “Star Trek” series he’ll make it his own.

In closing see this movie.  As much as I loved “Iron Man 3” and am looking forward to other summer blockbusters such as “Man of Steel” and “Pacific Rim,” this in my book is the best movie of the summer and 2013 so far.  Live long, prosper, and do yourself a favor and see this movie, “Star Trek” fan or not.

Overall Score: 10 out of 10