To meerly say this movie is just awesome would be like saying bacon is sorta tasty. If you are a true Star Trek fan this may be the best movie you will see this year. My friend Pat who went with me is not a Star Trek fan as such, but he has seen enough episodes to know who was who. He loved it every bit as much as I did. He and I agree that if you have never heard of Star Trek and have no idea what a Vulcan Mind Meld is, you can still pull your uneducated Amish self out from under the rock you've been living under and thoroughly enjoy this movie!
The same cast from the 2009 prequel is back and better than ever. I will say you do need to be a big fan of the original show in the 60s to truly appreciate how the actors portray the younger versions of the characters. Chris Pine has the actual William shatter walk and mannerizims but he wisely avoids the speech pattern to keep it from being a cheap impersonation. Zachary Quinto has the speech pattern and eyebrow raise of Leonard Nimoy's Spock down to a T. Karl Urban is spot on as Bones but the most enjoyable performance comes from Simon Pegg as Scotty. He rocks it everytime he is on the screen.
Just like all action adventure movies they can only be as good as the villain’s performance. Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Sherlock Holmes on the BBC show Sherlock, is absolutely amazing as John Harrison a disgruntled Star Fleet officer that has a grudge against Star Fleet. The menace in his voice is chilling. He launches an attack against the organization and the crew of the Enterprise is sent to kill him but Captain Kirk decides to bring him back for trial. But some other people are determined to not let that happen.
As I said if you are not familar with the series you will still enjoy the movie. If you are a fan you will appreciate how they run across situations now that you will recognize from the original show including Tribbles. I don’t consider myself to be a “Trekie” but if you are my age and don’t know what a Tribble is I’m not sure we can be friends. Leonard Nimoy makes another appearance as future Spock.
Its 2 hours and 3 minutes and Rated PG-13 for Sci-fi action and violence.
This movie, my pointy eared geek friends, will live long and prosper at the box office.
My Score: A full 6 pack of Bud