Star Trek Into Darkness

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Snappy follow-up to director J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot of - and prequel to - the long-lived sci-fi franchise that stretches back to 1960s television. In this second chronicle of their early professional lives, dynamic, impetuous Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) and his seemingly emotionless half-Vulcan, half-human first officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) lead their intrepid crew on a high-stakes, sometimes morally fraught crusade against an intergalactic terrorist (Benedict Cumberbatch). The fundamental message of Abrams' spectacular adventure - a warning against employing immoral means to overcome evil - is both scripturally resonant and timely. But the parents of teen Trekkies will need to weigh the profit of that lesson against the debit of some sensual imagery and vulgar talk. Possibly acceptable for older adolescents.

Watch out for: Much bloodless battling but also occasional harsh violence, some sexual content - including a trio glimpsed waking up together and scenes with skimpy costuming - a few uses of crude language, a half-dozen crass terms.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013