STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS BOLDLY GOES PAST ITS PREDECESSOR WITH AN IMPROVED STORY AND MORE ACTION
By Nico Beland
Movie Review: A+ (4 stars)
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Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Captain Kirk and Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness
In 2009, director J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield, Super 8, Lost) brought the cultural phenomenon, Star Trek back to the big screen with an well paced reboot that didn’t only play as a Star Trek reboot but more like a tribute to the original TV series, due to its success Abrams was called in to direct the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. Not only was it just as fun and entertaining as the first film, but perhaps a little better.
After the events of Star Trek, the crew of the Enterprise is called back home and they find an unstoppable force of terror within their organization that detonates the fleet and everything it stands, leaving our world in a state of crisis. Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine-Unstoppable, Rise of the Guardians), who has a personal score to settle, leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.
As the Enterprise crew are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendship will be torn apart, and sacrifices will be made for the only family Kirk has left; his crew.
Most of the cast from the previous film reprise their roles in this new installment including Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana (Avatar) as Uhura, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) as Scotty, Karl Urban (Doom) as Bones, and John Cho (Harold & Kumar trilogy, Identity Thief) as Sulu, with new Star Trek cast member, Benedict Cumberbatch as the film’s antagonist, John Harrison.
This new “Trek” will most likely satisfy “Trekkies” everywhere, new galactic scenarios that the characters are in, more action and better special effects (especially the beaming effect), and a more complex story than the first movie. I personally thought this was better than the first, probably because I felt as though the characters and filmmakers did more with this one than the predecessor (more action, better effects, better story, etc.).
A perfect second summer blockbuster to follow Iron Man 3 and plenty more coming, make sure this is on your summer To-Do list and boldly go where no “Trekkie” has gone before.