‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ review

Posted: May 16, 2013 in Movies, Reviews

Trekkies unite!  J.J. Abrams is back with his follow up to the hit to the 2009 hit and the action is bigger and better than ever.  While most of the film has the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise in peril – being chased, shot at, falling out of space – and the title would suggest “Into Darkness” as an ominous setting, there’s a surprisingly good amount of humor as well.

Into Darkness stars Chris Pine reprising his role of Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock attempting to track down a ruthless killer into uncharted space.  Meanwhile, Starfleet is being conned (get it?) by someone with immense power luring the federation into galactic war with a storied planet.

That’s really all I’m going to say about the plot because saying too much else would spoil Abrams’ attempts at keeping a certain individuals identity a secret.  What I will say though is Abrams future is super bright concerning the Star Wars universe.  It’s a shame he can’t do both franchises, mainly because he’s so gifted with telling a cool story while keeping the audience engaged in the plot.  Benedict Cumberbatch is John Harrison, the killer that Kirk and his crew are tracking across the galaxy, and he’s probably the most interesting character in the film and he chews scenes as good as Hannibal Lecter.

However engaging Cumberbatch is, he’s not given too much dialogue to work with and I didn’t like that.  He’s a character that you instantly want to hear his back story.  He’s someone you want to hear talk because you’re immersed into what he’s selling.  While his role in the film is controversial and J.J. Abrams has gone to lengthy means to include the character, he’s just not on screen enough.

Don’t get me wrong, the film is very much a Kirk vessel and Spock gets his opportunity to shine in Into Darkness, I just think that John Harrison deserved more.  Into Darkness is tons more entertaining than it’s 2009 predecessor (probably because they don’t have to spend half the movie introducing characters) but it’s very much the same.  The characters are just as intriguing this go around and we get more emotion from the entire crew as well.  While the plot gets a bit twisted and convoluted, by the end of the film you don’t much care because you’ve had such a good time.

It’s precisely what summer blockbusters should be, a whopping good time with great characters and grand spectacle.  Abrams probably won’t be returning to the Star Trek universe but he should rest easy knowing he reinvented a franchise that had been dormant for quite some time.

Go see it.


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