Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Morrison, Leonard Nimoy.
Director: J.J. Abrams
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.)
Running Time: 132 Minutes
Release Date: May 16, 2013
Skydance Productions, Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures.
Written by: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof; based on the television series, “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry.
I cannot recite anything to you in Klingon. I am not intimately familiar with the layers and layers of storytelling that comprise all the various incarnations of Star Trek and its spinoffs, reboots, and parallel universe storytelling. I remember the mind-controlling eel creatures from Wrath Of Khan. I recall the whales. I may not have ever seen the four Star Trek: Next Generation films and if I did, I have lost any memory of them whatsoever. Watching the series on television was a rarity. I love George Takei and retweet and Facebook share his view of the world often. I do love me some Tribbles.
You see, at the end of the day I have no investment in the Star Trek canon, other than a fleeting knowledge of a few things Trekkie. I do not say this to appear high brow or somehow above the fray. Quite the contrary. I simply come to Star Trek Into Darkness as a regular moviegoer with nothing vested in the franchise. I really did have great fun with 2009′s Star Trek, J.J. Abrams’ thrilling and captivating reintroduction to the canon. Because of that film, I brought some high hopes with me.