Let me start out by saying that I never thought I could consider myself a "Trekkie" , but after seeing this movie 8 times :) ... Star Trek Into Darkness is possibly one of the best, and most beautiful movies I have ever seen. From the stunning visuals to the superb acting, I was drawn in from the very opening sequence, where we find the crew of the U.S.S Enterprise on a previously unexplored planet with a volcano that is "highly volatile".
As was the case with Star Trek (2009) the opening sequence of the movie is very action packed and emotionally charged. This time, Spock's life hangs in the balance and Kirk has to make the decision whether to break Starfleet regulations, thus revealing the Enterprise to the locals, and save his life, or leave him to die. There is a great moment between Bones and Kirk that seems to make up Kirk's mind.
"If Spock were here, and I were there, what would he do?" - Captain Kirk
"He'd let you die." - Bones
Spock is Kirk's closest friend, whether he wants to admit it or not, and Kirk saves him, just before the volcano is neutralized by a cold fusion device that Spock had activated.
My favorite moment of the movie is the introduction of John Harrison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. The best villain introduction, ever, made possible by the films superb soundtrack and Cumberbatch's captivating... voice.
I will warn you now that I am a huge fan of Cumberbatch, and might be apt to gush over his perfect performance in this movie...
We go to Starfleet headquarters, where Spock and Captain Kirk have been called before Christopher Pike to talk about the recent events. Kirk being the headstrong individual that he is, lied on his Captain's log, and he has to pay a heavy price. They take the Enterprise away from him, and he is demoted to first officer. Perhaps one of the funniest lines in the movie occurs in this scene, as Kirk finds out that Spock also submitted a report, and that is how Pike knows that Kirk was lying on his.
"...What's the lesson to be learned here?" - Pike
"Never trust a Vulcan." - Kirk
John Harrison saves a Starfleet officer's daughter, at a price. The officer is forced to attack what we are led to believe is a "data archive" and 42 people are killed. An emergency meeting is called. Kirk questions Harrison's motive, and smartly so, as the meeting is about to be attacked by Harrison himself.
MAJOR SPOILERS!!! TURN BACK NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE! :)
Christopher Pike is killed. For me, It was one of the most upsetting deaths in a film that I have ever witnessed. I bawled. Not just one tear, but genuinely bawled. He was such a father figure to Captain Kirk, and all of a sudden, he is gone, killed by a man named John Harrison, that we know little about... for now.
I'm lucky I was the only one in the theater the first time I saw this movie...
Harrison escapes, to Kronos (cue dark and ominous music, anybody that knows Star Trek knows how bad this is) and Kirk is given back the Enterprise and given permission to go after him by Admiral Marcus (played by the impeccable Peter Weller ), who seems to have an alternate agenda. Kirk is given 72 prototype torpedos by Marcus and is told to lock onto Harrison's position on Kronos and fire all of them.
Kirk again questions his orders... as he knows that firing torpedos at the Klingons could mean all out war...
Stay tuned for PART II !!!