Even old-school Trekkers will enjoy this voyage.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is the second film in the newly reimagined “Star Trek” franchise, deftly directed once again by J.J. Abrams. There’s a great villain, a troubled leader and, yes, a little romance and humor, as well as more than one nod to the classic series.

Abrams doesn’t mess around: The action begins right away as Spock (Zachary Quinto) is dispatched to impede the eruption of a volcano that could destroy an entire world. So that the planet’s citizenry does not see the starship Enterprise, it is hidden in an ocean while Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Dr. “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban) flee a group of those very citizens.

Spock ends up in a potentially fatal situation that forces Kirk to make a decision whether to disobey the Prime Directive — that there can be no interference with the development of alien civilizations — or save Spock’s life. Kirk chooses his friend over the Prime Directive, and he and Spock subsequently end up in the office of Rear Admiral Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood), Kirk’s mentor. Spock is reassigned and Kirk is demoted, thereby losing command of the Enterprise.

Kirk becomes part of a team reassigned by Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) to hunt down and kill a terrorist named John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch, “War Horse”), who is hiding in Klingon territory. 

The 3-D on the IMAX screen is astonishing. It sweeps the viewer right into the thick of the action. I can’t imagine that the movie is nearly as much fun in 2-D, although it certainly would be enjoyable.

Whether the franchise remains in Abrams’ capable hands, we’ll definitely be seeing more of this crew. The voyage is just beginning.

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