My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller and Noel Clarke.
Plot: Jim Kirk (Pine) steps back onto the Enterprise as captain where he is joined by Spock (Quinto), Uhura (Saldana) and Bones (Urban) on another mission. He vows to go after English terrorist and former Starfleet commander, John Harrison (Cumberbatch) who threatens to destroy the Earth. Can the captain defeat the villain or has Kirk found his match?
This film works quite well on its own. You don’t have to know anything at all about the Star Trek universe or any of the characters. (Well it would help if you have seen the 2009 reboot…)
This story sees the relationships of these characters grow.They were only touched upon in the first one but Into Darkness develops them. Kirk and Spock have become best friends while Uhrua and Spock’s romantic relationship has furthered.
Chris Pine delivers a fantastic performance as always as Captain Kirk. Kirk still breaks the rules and does what he thinks is the most logical solution and he feels the wrath of the consequences. Kirk does what he thinks is right and in most cases ends up in dangerous situations. Pine steps up his game in this sequel and shows us exactly what he can do.
John Harrison played by Benedict Cumberbatch is a terrorist. He’s strong, dangerous and above all, manipulative. The character is much more focused on a more intellectual level, rather than a raging lunatic like Nero in the last film. Harrison’s intelligence is his main strength and without giving too much away, he uses this to manipulate Kirk into getting what he wants. Benedict Cumberbatch can certainly pull off playing a villain. He does a brilliant job as the baddie, which is not a character that he usually fills the shoes of.
Zachary Quinto’s Spock has developed a stronger character. He is someone that we root for even when the Captain isn’t around. Spock is willing to sacrifice himself for those who he cares about and this is shown at the very beginning of the film. Zachary Quinto is a fantastic actor who has certainly stepped up his game in order to fill the pointy Vulcan ears.
This an amazing summer blockbuster which will leave you hanging off the edge of your seats. There’s an array of talent that will surely leave you wanting more from this wonderful cast.
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Image credit: Paramount Pictures