Star Trek: Into Darkness [2013]

4 stars

star-trek-into-darkness-posterDirected by: J.J. Abrams

Written by: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldaña, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Leonard Nimoy

2009’s Star Trek introduced me to the world of the beloved sci-fi franchise, as I’m sure it did for millions of other young cinephiles. J.J. Abrams gave us a reason to become fans of a pop culture phenomenon that had been alive for 43 years, even if we hadn’t ever heard William Shatner yell “Khaaaan!” or watched Leonard Nimoy do the Vulcan salute.

2013’s sequel is a more than worthy follow-up to the thrilling blockbuster that came 4 years earlier.

After the crew of the Enterprise finds an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction: John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Into Darkness goes bigger than its predecessor, planet-hopping and warp-speed traveling with ease. It’s up to par with its 2009 sister in terms of breathtaking action set-pieces and sleek costume and set design. The talented cast clearly looks comfortable in their second appearance in the iconic roles, now with the added bonus of one Benedict Cumberbatch, fantastic in the massively hyped villain role.

Cumberbatch occasionally overacts but, in a way, the over-the-top and over-enunciating nature of his performance fits the part. His role is not as prominent as the trailers might’ve led you to believe, though. Fascinating characters though they may be, a little less attention on Kirk and Spock (Zachary Quinto) couldn’t have hurt. Give us more Cumberbatch! I could maybe insert a bad pun here, but honestly I’m very tired. What I’m trying to say is, for a movie that’s 132 minutes long, this one just flies by. You know, like the Enterprise.

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