The film opens to what looks like an old Star Trek: The Original Series episode. Kirk and McCoy are running from an unknown alien species. Spock, Uhura, and Sulu 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.
Admiral Pike 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, 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.
Director J.J. Abrams did bring us an excellent film, but not a great film. Star Trek Into Darkness is clear cut remake of Star Trek Wrath Of Khan and 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 tremendous, 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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- Chris Pine as Commander/Captain James T. Kirk, commanding officer and former first officer of the starship Enterprise.
- Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, first officer and science officer. Leonard Nimoy has a cameo appearance as Spock Prime.
- Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, communications officer.
- Karl Urban as Lieutenant Commander Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, chief medical officer.
- Simon Pegg as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, second officer and chief engineer.
- John Cho as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, third officer and helmsman.
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan, a genetically engineered superhuman given the false identity of Commander John Harrison.
- Anton Yelchin as Ensign Pavel Chekov, navigator and Scott’s temporary replacement as chief engineer.
- Bruce Greenwood as Rear Admiral Christopher Pike, Kirk’s predecessor as captain of the Enterprise and mentor.
- Peter Weller as Starfleet Admiral Alexander Marcus, Carol’s father.
- Alice Eve as science officer Dr. Carol Marcus, who uses the pseudonym Carol Wallace to board the Enterprise.