I am not a Star Trek aficionado. I don’t even have a strong recollection of Director J. J. Abrams first effort in this franchise, “Star Trek” in 2009. But I do know this is a genre of motion picture in which he succeeds, and “Star Trek Into Darkness” may easily become known as the best Star Trek adventure of them all.
Start with casting. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Kirk and Spock have a verbal chemistry that is allowed full realization by the fast-paced script. It really is a bedrock for this new generation of the Star Trek saga.
The casting of Simon Pegg as Scotty is ideal. Pegg is funny and plays the comic frustration of his part perfectly. He even becomes an unlikely hero.
The dominant villain in this episode, Kahn, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is as crisp and evil as an intergalactic bad guy that you’re going to find.
Zoe Zaldana as Uhura, Spock’s love interest, brings a romantic spark not seen much before in previous stories.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is about a manhunt for a futuristic terrorist who seems unstoppable. Kirk has legacy issues in this story and challenges from within the Starfleet world, the likes of which he has never faced before.
From the breathtaking opening sequence, a chase amidst a world of red fields in Nibiru, escaping from a volcano and bands of tribesmen, “Star Trek Into Darkness” plunges headfirst in high gear among all elements of this breathless adventure. As pure science fiction escapist entertainment, is a blast both visually and in sound design, which almost knocks you out of your seat.
I saw “Star Trek Into Darkness” on an IMAX screen in 3-D, and the presentation was magnificent. The story facets include a bit of politics and reference to the real world, especially 9-11. This motion picture is ambitious to the point of a fault, but as such it demands and holds an audiences’ attention like few films can. Star Trek fan or not, there’s something for almost everybody in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Beam yourself up to see it soon.