There was a lot of controversy a few years back when J.J. Abrams was given the task of bringing 'Star Trek' to a new crowd and fan base. What hit the screen was an incredible movie that blended crazy sci fi action with incredible characters. Now, the follow up!
'Star Trek Into Darkness' is a film made for mainstream audiences and that is not a complaint, but I think a complement. Star Trek isn't for everyone the way Star Wars is but this movie is more than posturing, space fights and crazy special effects.
The entire cast returns to tell the further adventures of the USS Enterprise. Terrorist John Harrison (played amazingly by Benedict Cumberbatch) has declared war on Starfleet and it is up to the crew to go get him on the Klingon's home world of Qo'noS (pronounced Cronus). What is incredibly exciting here is the fact that this is the beginning stages of the Klingon Empire. In fact Starfleet head Marcus (played by Peter Weller) eludes to the fact that since the discovery of the Klingons, Starfleet should be more of a military organization than a science and exploration.
I don't want to go into any particulars of the story because they're are a few nice surprises that i don't wanna spoil, but let me just tell you it works...it all works!
Chris Pine as Captain Kirk is amazing and brings so much depth to the role; he plays it serious but with a bit of Shatner thrown in for good measure. My man crush Zachary Quinto as Spock is just as good, if not more emotional. I know Vulcan's arent emotional but after you see the movie you'll see what I mean. The play between the two is perfect.
The only problem I had with the movie is that there isn't enough time to let other characters get to spread their wings like Karl Urban as McCoy, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu and Zoe Saldona as Uhura. Now add to the cast 'uber hottie' Alice Eve and you have a full house.
You need to run out now and see this movie! This is a film that will grab you within the first few seconds and not let you up until the very end.
Thank you J.J. Abrams for making me love Star Trek. And my advice to you is simple; what you did making this movie, do the exact same thing for your first Star Wars film. Just replace Klingons with Jedi and you should do fine.
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