'Star Trek Into Darkness'
(Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, et al / PG-13 / 132 mins)
Overview: The Star Trek franchise continues with this follow-up to 2009's J.J. Abrams-directed reboot. Abrams returns to direct from a script by Damon Lindelof and the writing team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The crew of the Enterprise engages in an epic battle of good versus evil after being summoned home, only to discover Starfleet in ruins, and they venture into a war zone to find the powerful villain (Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch) responsible for the devastation.
Verdict: Abrams clearly has no idea what Star Trek is about or really even how to put together a coherent and worthwhile story. The whole storyline is so gaping with holes that it definitely can't hold water no matter who is watching.
However, if you have seen previous Star Trek movies and episodes and in particular the episodes referenced in the movie (I won't mention to avoid spoilers) your stomach will turn over and you'll want to vomit. I suspect that without the big budget sequences and special effects the thing would have been better as an SNL Parody because it is exactly that.
Special moments that had previous significance are completely ripped off and handled so poorly that the only way to interpret them is as a joke and it is on us the watcher. This is truly disgusting and JJ Abrams has made it crystal clear he couldn't care less about Star Trek.
Unfortunately, he can't seem to make a basic good guy/bad guy movie either with a decent story!