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4 out of 4 stars
My brother was a Trekkie. He hated "The Next Generation" because they did not follow the rules. He would get out his rulebook to show us how the uniform color rules were not being followed. He is a husband and father now so he has other things to think about, but he would probably still get upset if any of us were so foolhardy as to mention it to him.
"Star Trek Into Darkness" is a good, action-packed movie. I enjoyed it except for those moments where it seemed like it was spoofing the original series. Trademark lines of the original characters seemed to be overly emphasized so they pulled me back out of the movie. Capt. Kirk spent too much time telling the others to change their shirt color based on their changing job roles. I kept expecting the director to shout out, "Cut. Wardrobe. We need a costume change here." I guess no one can accuse them of not following the color rules in this movie. My brother evidently was not the only one who had expected "The Next Generation" to be authentic.
This is a movie that most families would find wholesome enough to take even younger children to see. There is a bit more violence than some kids could handle, but the language is OK. The sexual references are pretty much just references. Even the very partial nudity is tamer than most advertisements for women's underclothes.
-- Deborah Hurd, Bethlehem
3 and 1/2 out of 4 stars
Sensory overload of the good kind. The latest "Star Trek" movie was a fresh surprise since it didn't alienate us old folks from the original TV series. I was able to follow the story and correlate it to what I remember from the old franchise and made sense of it all.
Many memorable lines were redone and connected to the psyche. New, well-selected actors reprising the old roles and the appearances of a couple of the original series guys made for a delightful afternoon at the movies. Chris Pine wasn't too bad as James Kirk. Spock was fantastically updated to our times (played by Zachary Quinto) and Uhura, uhm ... Zoe Saldana was delightfully fresh and and a little teeny sexy. Action scenes were majestic. Computer animated scenes were incredible.
My Saturday afternoon felt like it should have felt in the '40s with Flash Gordon movies my mother told me about how special they were. Benedict Cumberbatch was fantastic in his villain role and all supporting actors for Sulu, Scotty and others were magnificent. Another summer blockbuster hits the spot.
-- Alfred Richner, Duluth
3 and 1/2 out of 4 stars
Although it's been a long time coming, "Star Trek Into Darkness" was worth the wait! This movie is fresh, action-packed, has a decent story and a great cast. Even the villain is someone you will love to hate. J.J. Abrams continues to work his movie magic and knows how to keep you at the edge of your seat with unexpected twists and turns. At the risk of not giving away spoilers, I will just say that Trekkie fans should be thrilled with the creative homage to the original movie saga -- I know I was. I am so pleased at this new direction of "Star Trek" and look forward to many more sequels.
-- Kenny Grams, Lawrenceville