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Star Trek Into Darkness Family Movie Review

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movie review rating guide for parents and families

MPAA Rating

for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence

Science Fiction & Fantasy

J.J. Abrams

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch


Release Date/In Theaters

Star Trek Into Darkness Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger

            Star Trek fans have given this movie rave reviews and I have to agree. Star Trek Into Darkness takes you back to the early days of Captain Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Scotty, Bones and the rest of the original Enterprise crew. They are young and inexperienced as they face their first Romulan encounter. This movie is a real treat for Star Trek fans, but it is a scary movie and might be too much for a kids movie.

            In this Star Trek movie, young James T. Kirk must face a threat from within Star Fleet. It seems that one of their own has bombed a Star Fleet installation in London. After the death of a close friend, Kirk goes on a personal mission to hunt down the person who did it. It is later revealed that the bomber is not actually from Star Fleet. He is none other than Khan, a genetically modified superhuman who has been in cryo sleep for 300 years. Khan awakens to resume his quest to extinguish anyone who is inferior to him. Khan awakens to resume his war on Earth to exterminate humans except himself and others like him. The plot is action-filled and has many delightful twists and turns along the way.

            This movie is a real treat for Star Trek fans, but it might not be the best family friendly movie. Several women are seen in bras and underwear. It is suggested that the young and vibrant Kirk was with them in bed. There is lots of violence and gore, but much of the actual blood is implied, not directly shown. Several characters are sucked out into space. There is lots of shooting from spaceships. Several fights show people killed using bare hands. Several people are punched and stabbed to death. In a few scenes, inappropriate language was used when something bad is about to happen. One of the most gruesome scenes involves a woman who gets stepped on and you hear the bones crunch. This movie has many scenes that make you cringe. There are some brief smoking and drinking scenes. Young Captain Kirk is an angry young man in a mission of revenge. There are several fist fights with other crew members and peers.

            This is a well-done movie from the standpoint of the ability to draw the audience into the intensity of the action. The action is nonstop. The movie builds suspense, and then lets it back down, only to build it up again in a few minutes. This movie creates an intense emotional reaction from the audience, one that might be too intense from children. The soundtrack, lighting, and effects all come together to create drama and tension throughout the whole movie. Many scary scenes may be too terrifying for small children. This movie would probably be OK for those that are 12 or above. If it were not for the women in their skivvies and the few instances of drinking and smoking, this movie would probably be OK for those that were a few years younger. It is much too scary and intense for those younger than that.

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