As a sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness is a superb film. It hits all the right notes and bounces off the first film with ease. The main problem, Director J.J. Abrams gives us a remake of a previous film instead of an original story that took classic tropes and inserted them into the plot.
The film opens to what looks like an old Star Trek: The Original Series episode. Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine) and Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban) are running from an unknown alien species. First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto), Communications Officer Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and Helsman Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) meanwhile are trying to stop a volcano from erupting, which could wipe out the planet. They do, and even manage to save Spock (who was caught in the volcano) from certain death. However, the aliens saw the Enterprise rising from the ocean, and begin to worship it as a new deity.
Admiral Pike (Bruce Greenwood) is not happy with this clear breach of the Prime Directive. It seems that Kirk might loose the Enterprise, but a vicious terrorist called John Harrison, a Starfleet scientist in the secretive Section 31 and traitor bombs Starfleet Command, killing Pike in the process. Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew are sent to the Klingon home world to capture him. It turns out that John Harrison is not what the records show. He is Khan Noonien Sing (Benedict Cumberbatch) a genetically enhanced human from Earth’s past who wants to destroy Starfleet and awaken his brethren asleep in cryostasis to once again rule humanity.
J.J. Abrams did bring us an excellent and well made film, but not a great film. Star Trek Into Darkness is clear cut remake of Star Trek Wrath Of Khan, just with a few additional scenes and different context to make it appear unique. While I do not believe it is worth the hype that it received, this film does a good job of sending the Star Trek franchise into a new era.
As a standalone film, it is not as impressive as the first Star Trek reboot film, but as a remake, it definitely improves upon the source material and carries the franchise forward.
The acting is excellent, the special effects amazing, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the villainous Khan is impressive. While a few critics have been angry that a British actor was chosen for the role, I believe that this could have gone either way, but truly Cumberbatch shines as the most evil villain (well, besides the Borg), in the Star Trek universe.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I am Khan!
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Brutal violence, some language, and mild sensuality.
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