Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch
Director: J.J. Abrams
Rated: Pg-13 Run Time: 2 Hr. 12 Min. Format: In Theater
There are only a few films that have had me walking out of the theater wishing that the fun and experience did not have to end.
J.J. Abrams film Star Trek Into Darkness, the second film in the rebooted Star Trek series is now one of those few exceptional films.
In this exceptional film John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a one man weapon of mass destruction, and he is taking aim at Star Fleet. After two major terrorist attacks, a vengeful and duty bound Captain Kirk will follow this man to a war torn world.
But the need for vengeance blinds the young Captain, and it becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems. Kirk has put his ship and crew in grave danger, a danger that may be the end of the Enterprise and possibly the whole of Star Fleet.
Star Trek Into Darkness hooks you immediately with a stirring score, and from there it never lets go. The film is delightfully entertaining and thought provoking from beginning to end.
I for one love a little brains in my Sci-Fi action adventure, and that is on full display in this film. Obviously there is the battle over what is right and wrong but there are other observations in Star Trek Into Darkness on subjects like death, emotion, acceptance and utilitarianism just to name a few.
All of this makes for a deeper film, but is written in such a way that these subjects are just touched upon, and don’t get in the way of the fun and adventure of the rest of the film.
And there is a lot of fun and adventure.
Even with the notably darker tone in this film compared to its predecessor the 2009 Star Trek there is a good amount of humor and a good shot of both thrills and chills.
One of those thrills in Star Trek Into Darkness is the beauty of the film. Two of my favorite visuals have to do with the Enterprise rising from water and then later clouds.
I’m a sucker for that ship, and the attention to detail with both the ship and the surrounding environment is impressive.
Another impressive element (of many I might add) is the way that the cast comes together as though it has not been years since the last film. The chemistry between the ensemble cast is still lively and believable, still a lot of fun to watch.
I also found the way Star Trek Into Darkness pays homage to Trek of the past to be interesting and fun. In Darkness, the parts and pieces of the film that pay respect to past Trek is obvious and then it is turned on its head to make the experience fresh and new.
A good example of this is one of Spock’s famous quotes from the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn where he says “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” It is used in Darkness, but the whole situation is different.
I love the way the quote is handled, the way this film hits the right mix in terms of the past and present, and I enjoyed this film from beginning to end. Star Trek Into Darkness is simply a blast, and makes for an exceptional film going experience that you wish did not have to end.