Second Chance Review
Darkness prevails in the sequel to J.J. Abram’s jump start of the “Star Trek” franchise. Lives are lost and sacrifices made as Earth is under attack from one of its own Star Trek operative John Harrison (Benedict Cumberland).
It’s up to the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise helm by Captain James T.Kirk (Chris Pine) followed by First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) whose friendship is in turmoil after their latest mission shown in the beginning of the film.
The aftermath of the mission questions the mental capacity and the leadership of Kirk that results in disciplinary actions. Only through the intervention of his mentor and the former captain of the Enterprise, Admiral Pike (Bruce Greenwood), is he able to avoid being sent back to the Star Fleet Academy. .
Science officer Carol (Alice Eve) also adds a strain onto their friendship as Kirk questions Spock's effectiveness within his role.
Making up the crew of the Enterprise is language specialist Uhara (Zoe Saldana), the ship’s doctor Bones (Karl Urban), the ship’s engineer Scotty (Simon Pegg), navigator Sulu (John Cho) and officer Checkov (Anton Yelchin).
The crew ventures to unwelcome territory after their mission is authorized by Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller), head of the Star Fleet ships, that sets into motions adventures on different planets and their journey back home.
Newcomer Mr. Cumberland gives an incredible performance as a one-man lone operative who has his sights on the Academy. His portrayal has viewers empathizing and at times forgetting that he’s the bad guy.
The intergalactic space action sequences and combat surmounts expectations after the Mr. Abram's first "Star Trek" film. Fans of the series will be somewhat disappointed to see that only in the beginning is the intention of the space explorer plays out on briefly before focusing on Harrison’s capture.
But in all, the film will bring new fans to the series, but at the newcomers and faithful followers await the next space mission beyond the known cosmic.
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Bonus Features for the Blu-Ray, Ultraviolet and DVD:
Contains behind the making feature with cast, crew and production from start to finish in creating the look and discussion of where the latest installment takes the film.
It features the DVD version of the film and the opportunity to view the film on other media.
Movie Grade: 5 stars/ 5 stars
While the first film focused more upon the introduction of iconic character, the breakout of the film is newcomer Benedict Cumberland’s John Harrison. His actions, mannerism and motives will have him along the memorable history of the franchise and its villains. The cast returns from the first film and carry on their roles as expected and up to expectations of their predecessors.
Blu Ray Grade: 4 stars/5 stars
From the beginning to the end of the film, the special features breaks down the film into segments and how each part of the film was created from the look to carrying out the action and sequences before focusing on a worthy causes at the end.