Movie Review: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

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The opening sequence of this sequel to the worldwide cult-classic Star Trek gives the audience a heart –pumping head start of what’s to come.  We begin Star Trek Into Darkness with Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine) and his enterprise trying to save the planet Nibiru from destruction.  When Spock (Zachary Quinto) gets stuck inside a volcano, Capt. Kirk makes a very critical judgment call.  OK, I’m in.

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Star Trek has been one of the most successful franchises in the history of pop culture, spawning several ventures expanding from TV to movies.  Star Trek Into Darkness is the 12th feature based on the television show, which was cancelled 45 years ago.  This generation’s Star Trek movies are supposed to be “prequels” to the original 1966 series by Gene Rodenberry.  With that, I think Director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof did a fantastically smart move to create a world wherein the original Mr. Spock from the future tries to change the past of his Enterprise.  This particular spin of the story prevented the Trekkies (die-hard fans of the franchise) from the opportunity to point out loopholes and disconnects from the original.

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Going back to the film, Into Darkness does not seem to go deeper, because the villain is one that is close to home.  When the crew of the Enterprise is called back to earth, a genetically modified rogue assassin named Commander John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) launches war thru a terrorist attack right smack in the middle of London, catching the Federation off-guard.  With other personal and professional problems to settle, Capt. Kirk spearheads a manhunt operation to seize the one-man lethal perpetrator.

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Just when I thought that the first Star Trek movie by Abrams was impeccable, he certainly ups the ante for his second offering.  The action is non-stop and adrenaline pumping, while keeping the story intact.  Though the action is electric, it is the relationship of the protagonists that stays at the forefront of the story.

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Pine is perfect as the ever-charismatic and sometimes immature Capt. Kirk, while Quinto delivers a fantastic job as the emotionless Spock.  Spock and Capt. Kirk create this bromance that may seem too close for comfort, thank God Spock has his own love-life in the face of the ever fierce Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and did I say that she is smoldering hot?  The rest of the cast are spot on with their acting, from the struggles of Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Sulu (John Cho) in keeping everything together, to the comedic flare that Bones (Karl Urban) and Scotty (Simon Pegg) immensely offer.  Alice Eve joins the cast as the neophyte science expert Carol Marcus.  Cumberbatch on the other hand does a terrific job as the main villain, with agenda that make me want to root for him at one point—now that’s a sign of great acting.  And did I say Zoe Saldana is smoking in her role as the businesswoman-like Uhura?

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Star Trek Into Darkness is definitely an impressive sequel because it has the perfect elements of a grand and engaging story, remarkable acting and character development, and an ample amount of explosive action and thrilling moments.  Highly recommended for all Trekkies and non-Trekkies, watch this film before it warps into darkness.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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