Star Trek: Into Darkness


Paramount Pictures


Rating: PG-13


Reason for the Rating: Intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.


Plot Summary: Captain Kirk must lead the Enterprise into Klingon territory in search of a super human bent on destruction.


PopFam Recommends: A fun action movie for the family (ages 12 and up) to enjoy


An American phenomena continues. The newest Star Trek movie has just released and is, of course, a hit. And why not? It's pure entertainment for a weekend night. Crank up the volume and enjoy the ride.


In Star Trek: Into Darkness, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the Enterprise are exploring the universe. Not surprising, as that has been their mission for the past few decades. Equally unsurprising is that Capt. Kirk and Bones (Karl Urban) are breaking a few rules as they explore another planet and its inhabitants. Unfortunately, this bit of fun leads to the near death of Spock (Zachary Quinto) in an active volcano; although it does allow for the most visually stunning scene of the movie. As a result, Capt. Kirk and the Enterprise are called back home so disciplinary action to be taken.


It's during this time that Starfleet Headquarters is attacked, resulting in Kirk and his faithful crew setting out for Klingon territory to search for the man who was single-handedly able to outwit Starfleet Command. And it just doesn't stop from there. Love, friendship, betrayal, explosions, fighting...this movie has it all. The story line further developing the friendship of Capt. Kirk and Spock is especially interesting. We all know Spock is devoted to his friend, but it's not often we've seen real emotion from him. His loyalty is one of the more remarkable themes of the movie, as is the exploration of emotion and sympathy.


J.J. Abrams and his team, once again, do a fantastic job of creating other-worldly characters and scenes. The DVD includes several short pieces about how they created specific scenes and characters, which is really quite fascinating. It's always amazing to see the details attended to in order to make a visually phenomenal film. If you missed this movie on the big screen, you'll want to rent it for home viewing. Parents should be aware that there is some mild language, and the action scenes can be intense. Overall though, this is a fun movie for the family.


Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:


• Tell about a time your best friend did something that hurt your feelings. How did you resolve it and remain friends?


• What would it be like to have a friend like Spock, who keeps his feelings at bay and sees everything logically?


• Do you think Marcus was wrong for wanting to destroy the people in the torpedoes? Explain.




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