Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban
When J.J. Abrams rebooted the hugely adored series Star Trek in 2009, it brought new life to it’s world, especially among younger generations such as myself. I had not seen any Star Trek movies or television episodes but Abrams got me hooked on the fantasy world that he presented to us on the big screen. This sequel continued right where the last one left off with maybe even more action and warp speed flying through space to hold up the hype that was started with the first one.
When Starfleet discovers that there is a terrorist wreaking havoc from within their own organization, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise set out on a mission to hunt him down and destroy him. The terrorist, known as John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), throws Kirk for a loop though when he makes him question the very organization he is working for. Not only now are there questions about who Harrison really is, but what the motives of Admiral Marcus are as well.
I gotta say, this movie had some visually stunning scenes in it. It’s definitely a movie that is worth seeing on the biggest screen you can find. There are some movies that you can get away with not paying an arm and a leg to see it on a gigantic screen such as in IMAX, but this movie was one of those that they truly had the movie-goer’s experience in mind as they filmed it. There is a scene in which Kirk and Bones jump off a cliff during a chase between them and an alien species and you could actually hear the audience gasp as the camera panned over to show the height of the cliff. So visually, this movie was awesome and I know it just won’t be the same on a smaller screen.
What truly brought this movie to life though was the actors portrayal as their characters. They were all spot on, especially the interactions between Spock and Kirk. They created a really nice chemistry between themselves that is both humorous at times and emotional. Cumberbatch’s character is somewhat predictable but he does a good job making him intense enough for us to dislike him as a villain. The only complaint I would have about the characters though is to bring in Carol Marcus, Admiral Marcus’ daughter. Her presence did not seem to have any influence on the story whatsoever and kind of just came off as an attempt to 1. bring a tiny bit of humor in dialogue from Spock and 2. show her in her underwear. She didn’t necessarily hurt my opinion of the movie but she definitely didn’t add anything either.
With tons of awesome CGI, a storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and plenty of witty banter, Into Darkness is a definite recommendation from me. This is coming from a person who previously knew nothing about the series before the reboot in 2009 of course, but it now has me interested in watching the past TV series and films. There was some definite cheesy moments that you would expect from and Action/Sci-fi film of this scale, but it worked well with the film and did not take anything away, in my opinion. If I were to guess, this will remain one of the most exciting films of the summer this year.