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Another winner in the Trek reboot world...great to see Khan back as a villain. Although, is it just me, or does Kirk, supposedly a genius of a captain, get ALL of his best ideas from other crewmembers...AND get his ass kicked fairly regularly? Docked 1/2 star because the fight between Spock and Khan is dreadfully silly...we've seen this on top of trains for many decades now...
very satisfying film
The story was absorbing. But I realized I suffered from drama and catastrophe fatigue. When the protagonist (don't want to add a spoiler) appears and is billed as superhuman I wondered how he could be anymore superhuman than most of the crew were proving to be. There wasn't much left for superhuman--it was superhumanity by degree. The movie had a lot of rewatchability.
|Chris Pine||James T. Kirk|
|Zoe Saldana||Nyota Uhura|
|John Cho||Hikaru Sulu|
|Karl Urban||Leonard 'Bones' McCoy|
|Anton Yelchin||Pavel Chekov|
|Simon Pegg||Montgomery Scott|
The USS Enterprise has been sent to survey the planet Nibiru, home to a primitive civilization. Captain James T. Kirk violates the Prime Directive when his first officer Spock's life is jeopardized preventing the eruption of a volcano that would have killed all life on Nibiru, thus exposing the Enterprise to the planet's civilization during the rescue. Upon their return to Earth, Kirk is demoted and Admiral Christopher Pike is reinstated as commanding officer of Enterprise. Pike, feeling that Kirk deserves a second chance, successfully lobbies to allow Kirk to be assigned as his first officer.
After a secret Section 31 installation in London is bombed, Pike and Kirk attend a meeting of Starfleet commanders to discuss the manhunt for the perpetrator, rogue Starfleet agent John Harrison. The meeting is attacked by a jumpship piloted by Harrison. Kirk destroys the jumpship, but not before Pike is killed. Harrison escapes by transporting to a deserted region on the Klingon homeworld of Kronos. Kirk is reinstated as the Enterprise's captain and receives orders from Fleet Admiral Alexander Marcus to hunt down Harrison. Marcus has 72 prototype untraceable photon torpedoes delivered to the Enterprise, and orders Kirk to fire them at Harrison's location on Kronos as soon as Kirk is in range. However, Montgomery Scott resigns in protest at his not being allowed to inspect the new weapons, and Spock, Dr. Leonard McCoy and Uhura convince Kirk that it would be better to capture rather than kill Harrison and have him tried for his crimes. In the meanwhile, a new science officer is commissioned on board the "Enterprise".
Arriving on Kronos, Kirk, Spock and Uhura set out to capture Harrison but are intercepted by Klingons. Harrison kills the Klingons almost single-handedly and surrenders after learning the number of prototype torpedoes aimed at him. Returning to the Enterprise, Harrison reveals his true identity as Khan, a genetically engineered superhuman who was awakened from a 300-year-long period of suspended animation by Admiral Marcus to develop weapons for a future war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. The torpedoes are found to each contain a cryogenic pod holding one of Khan's crew inside - who had previously been held hostage by Marcus.
Stranded due to a warp drive failure, the Enterprise is intercepted by an unmarked Federation warship, the USS Vengeance, designed by Khan and commanded by Admiral Marcus. Marcus demands that Kirk hand over Khan, but Kirk refuses. The repaired Enterprise starts to warp to Earth to have Khan stand trial, but is caught and attacked by the Vengeance which has warp speed 3x faster than any other ship. With the Enterprise severely damaged, Kirk offers to hand over Khan and the cryogenic pods in exchange for the lives of his crew. Carol Marcus, Marcus's daughter, reveals herself to have joined the crew of the Enterprise under a pseudonym; Marcus transports her to the Vengeance and reveals it was his intention all along to destroy the Enterprise in his plan to dispose of the superhumans and start a war with the Klingons. The Vengeance prepares to open fire, but suffers a power outage caused by Scotty, who has infiltrated the ship following guidance provided to Kirk by Khan. With the transporters down, Kirk and Khan travel to the Vengeance by "space jump" between the airlocks of each ship. After taking control of the bridge Scotty attempts to incapacitate Khan by stunning him, but he and Kirk are overpowered when Khan proves to be more resistant to stunning than they had expected. Khan then kills Admiral Marcus by crushing his head with his bare hands, knocks out Kirk, crushes Carol's leg, and takes control of the Vengeance.
Khan negotiates with Spock, beaming Kirk and his boarding party back to the Enterprise in exchange for the 72 torpedoes, planning to destroy the Enterprise. Spock learns from Spock Prime (the prime universe Spock) that Khan Noonien Singh from his timeline was tyrannical, could not be trusted, and was finally defeated only at "great cost". Spock hands over the torpedoes to Khan, but only after removing Khan's frozen crew and having Bones arm the torpedoes. The torpedoes incapacitate the Vengeance, and both damaged starships start descending towards Earth. With a misalignment of the heads of the warp core resulting in the Enterprise being powerless, Kirk elects to enter the radioactive engine chamber and re-aligns the heads in time for the ship to prevent its destruction. Kirk, however, suffers fatal radiation poisoning in the process and dies.
Khan intentionally crashes the doomed Vengeance into San Francisco, where Spock is transported down to pursue him. McCoy's experiment on a tribble reveals that Khan's blood contains regenerative properties that may save Kirk. McCoy orders Kirk to be immediately cryogenically frozen to preserve his brain functioning, and Uhura beams down to prevent Spock from killing Khan. Spock pursues Khan on foot and engages the latter in physical combat. Uhura intervenes and fells Khan with repeated shots from a phaser on stun. Kirk reawakens and exchanges brief thoughts with his crew-members about Khan.
One year later, a revived Kirk addresses a memorial of the events, reciting the "where no-one has gone before" monologue. Khan has been resealed in his cryogenic pod and stored away with his crew. A rebuilt Enterprise then departs for a five-year mission of exploration.
Theatrical : 2013-05-16 : United States of America
theatrical : 2013-05-10 : India