The man knows how to push a button, as evidenced by the new Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams may be our generation's Steven Spielberg ... maybe.
The story: Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) does things his own way, and for the 8,434th time in this franchise he crossed the line and has the Starship Enterprise taken away from his command.
But shortly after his demotion a one-man space terrorist goes after Starfleet, and then goes on the run to the one part of the galaxy that is a no-man's land: Klingonville.
The bad guy? Why it's Khan, of course. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is solid as the galaxy's worst bad guy, but there is simply no way he can come close to the brilliant and memorable turn that Ricardo Montalban had as the original Khan in the second Star Trek movie.
Kirk has to befriend Khan, who needs his help to save his dead crew, but that goes wrong because there is an additional unsuspecting bad guy and then all hell breaks loose for lots of cool special effects.
The people: Pine has done a nice job of remaking the character made famous by William Shatner; he does not try to do Shatner's over-the-top shtick. The best of the bunch is Zachary Quinto as Spock. He is perfect. Simon Pegg is wonderful as Scotty. This cast has done a nice job of reprising these famous roles.
Khan is good, just try not to compare him to the original Khan.
Action scenes: Plenty. Pretty much from the opening sequence to the end this movie is loaded with space adventure stuff. Lots of explosions, and the new Bad Ship Enterprise that Khan operates can do a lot of damage. Abrams can do a chase/explosion/fight with the best.
Homages to the original: The end of this new Star Trek has similar shout out to the end of the second movie. There is the obligatory, "KHAN!" And there is a neat cameo made by Leonard Nimoy, too, who speaks of his original battle with the original Khan.
Look for a Star Wars scene: It's quick, but if you'll look hard enough Kirk pilots a small ship through a narrow space that looks very similar to the Millenium Falcon in Return of the Jedi (My God, I have to get out more).
Should you see it: Yes. It's a giant summer popcorn movie that fans of the original series and sci-fci adventure movie goers will enjoy. It's not Hamlet, but it's a good summer flick.
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