Star Trek Into Darkness is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek movie franchise. This is the sequel to the 2009 box office smash Star Trek which were both directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams is a hero of sorts to fan boys everywhere as he revived the Star Trek franchise and is also taking the reigns for the new Star Wars film scheduled for release in 2015. Abrams is also responsible for creating hit television shows such as Lost, Fringe, and Alias. The majority of the cast from the first film remains intact with Chris Pine reprising the role of Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. The rest of cast includes mainstays Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, and John Cho along with newcomers Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, and Peter Weller. The film is being released in both IMAX and 3D.
The crew of the USS Enterprise is back and after a blatant disregard for the rules and careless leadership, Captain Kirk has been demoted and is no longer in charge. Shortly thereafter, there is a viscous terrorist attack on the Starfleet from someone within the organization. Following these events, Kirk is reinstated as Captain and is sent on a mission to the Klingon homeland of Kronos in order to find and kill this terrorist. On this mission, the Enterprise is armed with some new weaponry that is top secret and extremely dangerous. Once the crew has this terrorist in their possession, the truth about the attack and weaponry on board is revealed and the lines of who is good and who is evil are blurred. It is now up to Kirk and Spock and the rest of the crew to find the real truth and save the lives of everyone involved.
Star Trek Into Darkness is everything you could want in a big summer blockbuster; huge special effects, a great story with some humor mixed in, and some really great performances. Right of the gate the movie begins with a huge action sequence and never slows down. This is truly brilliant movie-making with its use of CGI, its amazing to me how far technology has come. The audience is transported to another time and place for a couple of hours. Speaking of the performances, I’ll get to Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in a minute, but if you don’t know who Benedict Cumberbatch is now, you definitely will soon. This guy steals every scene he is in and has such a huge screen presence, and you will be seeing a lot of him in the very near future. As for Pine and Quinto, they have such good chemistry as Kirk and Spock and both give excellent performances here. The other standout is Simon Pegg, the hilarious Brit isn’t on screen as much as the others, but leaves just as big of an impression. Star Wars fans can breathe a sigh of relief because your franchise is in very good hands. J.J. Abrams is one of the best in the business today and he’s got another winner on his hands with Star Trek Into Darkness. Even if you’re not a Trekkie (which I’m definitely not), there is something here for everyone and it should be seen on the big screen.
Star Trek Into Darkness open on Thursday, May 16.