Number of Times Seen – 5 (Theater on 23 Jun 2013, 1 Sep 2013, 5 Nov 2014 and 3 Mar 2016 and 28 Aug 2016)
Brief Synopsis – The crew of the Enterprise are enlisted to find a deadly terrorist hiding in Klingon territory whose presence there could spark a war with the Federation.
Take on it – In my continuing quest to educate my sons with great fun family films, we sat down and watched the second film of the series together.
I personally have a hard time deciding which of the two movies of this series are better because I find them both to be amazing, fun filled and entertaining the entire time.
They do a great job continuing the momentum of the first film without the hassle of re-introducing the characters and are able to literally jump right in to the action.
The entire cast returns and since they are now quite recognizable (and seem even more comfortable) in their Star Trek identities, the conversations seem to flow even better and the camaraderie is full blast throughout.
The edition of Benedict Cumberbatch to the cast is a great one because his character is quite complex and he is the kind of actor who can embrace such a character and make his nearly perfect.
It has bothered me for years that many fans of the series don’t like the places JJ Abrams has chosen to go with these stories because they see too many parallels to previous incarnations.
This doesn’t bother me at all because the idea of keeping things in a realm of reality where destinies of the characters are intertwined helps make things more in both a familiar and unfamiliar beat at the same time.
The music is amazing here because it also embraces the past while leading the wya to the future which gives us both a unique and nostalgic feel for it all.
Bottom Line – Amazing sequel that continues the action packed adventures of the crew of the USS Enterprise. Excellent cast returns and the fact that we already are familiar with the characters, we are able to jump right into the story. Cumberbatch’s edition helps because his character is quite complex and he is able to bring out the best in the character. The parallels to the previous movies doesn’t bother me because we are still dealing with similar destinies for the characters involved. Amazing musical score! Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – An “in joke” reference is made to Simon Pegg when he is trying to open the bay doors during Kirk and Khan’s boarding attempt. The security guard asks Scotty to “show his other hand”. It is common knowledge to “Star Trek” fans that James Doohan never intentionally revealed both hands in any of the original series because of the loss of one of his fingers (lost in combat during the D-Day invasion while storming the beach). Mr. Doohan’s war wound is visible in a few episodes: among them, “The Trouble with Tribbles,” in which the scene required Scotty to carry the Tribbles with both arms. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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