When it comes to reboots, there are two films that set the standard for how to create something fresh from something old. One would be Nolan’s Batman Begins and the other would be J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. I may be a comic book nerd and a Star Wars guy, but I actually give the winner’s edge to Star Trek. The audience was used to seeing different incarnations and actors play the Caped Crusader, but there was only one Kirk and one Spock. J.J. gave us an exciting new tale, but still managed to connect the familiar Star Trek universe from the past.
Star Trek Into Darkness picks up with Kirk in the captain’s chair, but he is on the hot-seat for questionable moves on his missions. When a terrorist, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) carries out numerous attacks against the Star Fleet then flees to hostile territory, Kirk and the crew are given the mission to hunt their enemy down and eliminate him. The crew of the Enterprise get entangled in conspiracy and begin to question whether they are explorers or military men. I’m not going to discuss Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in detail, so without spoiling too much, I will say that his performance was a show-stealer and there’s great depth to Cumberbatch’s role, no matter what his violent motives may be.
The rest of the Star Trek Into Darkness cast are great including Chris Pine as the cocky Captain that goes with his gut and Karl Urban’s hilarious hypochondriac Bones. We also get an extended role for Simon Pegg who turns Scotty into the moral compass on Kirk’s assassination mission. The real star of Star Trek Into Darkness is Zachary Quinto. Make no bones about it this is Spock’s movie. Spock struggles with the emotions of his human side whether it’s dealing with his love Uhura (Zoe Saldana) or his concern for his fellow crew members. Quinto gives the Vulcan-with-no-feelings a heart. Plus we get to see the men and women of the Star Fleet kick some butt along the way. It’s nice to see crew of the enterprise get the action scenes they deserve since the first time around the crew was full of old timers. The age gap makes a difference in the quality of the action scenes, which are spectacular.
I really enjoyed Star Trek Into Darkness, but I did walk away feeling a little bummed. Not about the movie, but the fact that J.J. Abrams will step away from the camera and direct Star Wars Episode VII. This will no doubt keep him occupied, not allowing him to return to Star Trek. In Star Trek Into Darkness J.J. finds away to take a familiar story, flip it on its side, but still give you something fresh that both fans of the new and old Star Trek can love and respect. I’m starting to wonder if I like this new crew better than the originals. Overall I give Star Trek Into Darkness 3 out of 4 Tribbles.
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