Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) & company boldly go across the universe to track down John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), a Starfleet scientist who has strangely begun attacking his own.
Fast paced action with rapid fire dialogue, the second J.J. Abrams led Trek is pure escapism. Every explosion is exhilarating. Conflicts and verbal disagreements between the crew doesn’t make it hard to laugh at the calamity. Star Trek Into Darkness was fun, damn fun. Every time the Enterprise went into warp was another opportunity to get lost into the fantasy of this sci-fi adventure.
Kirk and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are still not seeing eye to eye, despite Quinto’s best intentions. Pine & Quinto are able to grow the characters naturally; at the end they have a shift in demeanor and attitude. The supporting cast did some cultivating off their own. Uhura (Zoe Saldana) tries to get some emotional feeling out of Spock, Sulu (John Cho) gets to sit in the captain’s chair, and Scotty (Simon Pegg) flexes his engineering muscle by putting his engineering foot down. I noticed that when Sulu jumps over to Kirk’s chair a token Starfleet crew member takes his vacant seat. I don’t know why that fascinates me so much. It’s like there are a bunch of hopefuls standing around the bridge just waiting for the opportunity to get a temporary advance or something. Karl Urban was entertaining as the manic and habitually worried Bones. Newcomers to the franchise fit into the fold of the returning cast, moving the story and drama along (in the sequel there has to be new characters, no?). If you don’t want to have the surprise ruined for you avoid IMDB. I did, and the truth behind Benedict Cumberbatch was so much more rewarding. Robocop Weller was alright, as was his onscreen daughter Alice Eve. Of course you’re not venturing out to a showing on their behalf.
Abrams has turned Star Trek & Star Trek Into Darkness movies that even non-Trekkies can enjoy. They defy the laws of science, they stretch the imagination, and grant close-calls of guaranteed death. Would I go see Star Trek Into Darkness again in theaters? Yes. In 3D? Yes. Abrams & Joss Whedon are probably the only two directors on the planet that could make something out of the new Star Wars films. If the exceptional fortitude (across the board) of Star Trek Into Darkness says anything about the upcoming Star Wars reimaging, then we are in for another great venture into space…in 2015.
Star Trek Into Darkness - ★★★1/2