A new Star Trek film, called 'Star Trek: Into Darkness,' hits movie screens, and director J.J. Abrams has returned at the helm after his recent reboot of the franchise. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
Four years ago, director J.J. Abrams, who also created the TV series "Lost", did a fine job rebooting the Star Trek movie franchise. Now, he's back with a sequel called "Star Trek: Into Darkness".
Chris Pine returns in good form as Captain Kirk, and as the movie begins, he disobeys Starfleet regulations to save the life of his friend Mr. Spock, played nicely again by Zachary Quinto.
Due to his actions, Kirk is stripped of command. But when an explosion, set off by a superhuman foe, rocks Starfleet headquarters, killing one of the top brass, Kirk is put back in charge of the Enterprise. His orders are to find this seemingly indestructible villain and kill him.
Along the way, like in the last movie, there's some fun references to the original series that are there strictly for fans.
But unlike Abrams' last Star Trek movie, which felt fresh, this one seems like it was designed by the numbers. Even elements of the plot are stolen from a previous movie.
The thing that I always loved about the both the original "Star Trek" TV series and the later series "The Next Generation" was that the storylines were often extremely intelligent, innovative and inspiring.
But that's not what this latest Star Trek movie is all about. What Abrams, along with his "Lost" cohort, co-writer Damon Lindelof, have done is sacrifice the screenplay in favor of big, expensive set pieces. It's a multi-million-dollar action flick set in outer space, plain and simple.
Is it a good action movie? Sure, for non-fans of the TV series just looking for a movie with tons of explosions and high-tech special effects. I saw it in 3-D iMAX, and its state-of-the-art CGI and sets are visually breathtaking.
But is it a good Star Trek movie, able to satisfy Trekkies, or anyone who wants thought provoking entertainment? Not really. Because what Abrams has given us is the gravy without the meat and potatoes.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 2 1/2 apples