I very much enjoyed the recent Star Trek reboot in 2009, which reimagined the famous TV series from the beginning of its roots. It was a solid, entertaining blockbuster that was one of the best sci-fi films in recent years. Now, director J. J. Abrams has made a sequel that lives up to its predecessor. Star Trek Into Darkness is a film I wish more blockbusters would be like. It’s a thrilling ride that’s fiercely entertaining and enjoyable. While it isn’t without its flaws, it’s difficult not to like what’s on screen.
Star Trek Into Darkness takes place after the events of the first film. After deadly terrorist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock fame) destroys a Federation building in London, James Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) join together again to stop this bomber. The problem is Harrison has hidden in the Kinglon’s territory, threatening a possible war between the Federation and Kinglons.
I don’t have much familiarity with Star Trek, having only recently started watching the original series, but I found myself thoroughly engaged in the picture. Star Trek Into Darkness has the best-set design since Minority Report and is stunning to look at. I saw the movie in 2D, and it’s glorious to examine the visuals.
Star Trek: Into Darkness’ weakness, however, is its script. I was worried when I heard that Damon Lindelof (of Lost and Prometheus fame) was attached to the project, since he’s notorious for adding major plot holes in his work. This is evident in Star Trek Into Darkness, but not as severely as Prometheus. And fortunately, Lindelof has strong enough actors to make up for his weakness as a screenwriter. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have great chemistry on screen and Simon Pegg provides great comic relief as Scotty. Benedict Cumberbatch steals the show in his role. If you haven’t seen Sherlock (which you should, it’s a great TV series), Cumberbatch is one of the strongest actors working on the small screen and gives an intensity to his role.
Surely to delight audiences, Star Trek Into Darkness is a fun-filled romp, an energetic sci-fi movie that will surely be one of the best blockbusters of the year.