Whule the Spock cam,eo by Leonard Nimoy stirred emotions and jolted the film upward - rapidly boosting a favorable score... it turned out to be short-lined. Things receibed more poinrs when it looked like the russian, Checkov, died due to sliding off the bridge (or warp bay), that also ran short as he managed to surive.
Still, the film always mainatained hope - any film locking a zoom on Zoe Soldana;s perfect ass will usually have the same chances to break the covted 7 to 7.5 tier.
We know Bana pl;ayed a good hard villian inn the first, plus Simon Peg as Scotty - along with Spock and the alternate time-line idea, they all culminated into a great film.
"How can you go wrong with Khan as the villian?" you ask -- heh, well, I ask myself the smae question - ho do you? Maybe it was the video game scene where Khan - under the view of a long canmera shot, single hadnedly take out a klingon army. That scne looked like a joke. As if this guy was Luke Skywalker - and I feel Abrams was going for that effect - since , at the time, the Star Wars writing job was still open - and Abrams knew hot to secure it - for the person who secures that job is SET FOR LIFE. Well, he did it, good for him, but as a result, we, the viewer ultimately suffered.
Cumberbatch played his Khan role extremely well... but they should have wrapped up the entire film by the mnidway point - and then - moved on to the 5 year voyage at the 75 minute mark. We could have at least seen some adventures /battles against a dark klingon enemy - maybe even seen the sister planewt of Nibiru - the military planet - we could ahve seen them return.
In the endm the film was a failure,,, they could not even sacrifice the enterprise without dragging its potential demise on and on and on, and then diverting it in the end.
In closing, perhaps I am asking for too much sonce thios cpould be the origin tale for khan - but wopuld have certainly liked to have seen his ship and his crew - at least gove the guy two sidekicks.
Final Rating: 6.6666; film falls well short of its title, and even another incredibly satisfying cameo by leonasrd nimoy couldn't shoe up the mistakes that are peppered throughout this one.
NEXT UP: Pain and Gain, which the webmaster has written about previously. Finally saw the film... a fun one. Very funny - The Rock on cocaine is hialrious.