Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
Oh boy, I’ve been waiting to tear into this thing. As an advance warning, there are going to be some spoilers in here, but nothing that would detract from enjoyment of the film. Really, I think of it as more of a public service of letting people know just what it is that they’re in for.
Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) kills some Starfleet admirals and transports to a planet in the Klingon empire where nobody can catch him… unless Kirk goes against orders and goes and catches him!!! And guess what he totally does!!!
Yep, Benedict Cumberbatch is Khan, the character originally played by Ricardo Montalbon and who was the very good villain in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Of course, that isn’t the only parallel to the significantly better Star Trek II in this film, oh no. Other scenes clumsily ripped-off include Spock’s death scene and Kirk’s over-the-top yell of “KHAAAAAAN!!!” It feels like somebody saw Wrath of Khan and wrote their own fanfiction of it which didn’t need any of the backstory to work. And underneath all the ripped-off and creatively bankrupt Star Trek references meant to engage you in nothing deeper than nostalgia, there’s a parade of obvious and uninteresting cliched plot points plodding the movie along whether it makes sense or not. Wow, that was a long sentence. Basically what I’m trying to say is that anything good in this movie is done much better in a thirty year old film from the same franchise, and what is good is extremely limited.