Director J.J. Abrams returns with Star Trek Into Darkness, the much anticipated sequel to 2009’s Star Trek. This time, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the rest of the crew of the Starship Enterprise are on a mission to track down a renegade from within their ranks in order to avoid an intergalactic war. Does this new Star Trek adventure deserve your dollars, or is it a huge black hole of a time-waster? Read on!
The Good: Now this is how 3D movies are supposed to be made! This film is stunning in IMAX 3D, with excellent cinematography and high-flying action scenes that don’t disappoint. The cast is strong, with most of them reprising their roles, as well as a few new additions, including Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock) as nemesis John Harrison, and Robocop star Peter Weller as Marcus. The plot has a narrative that beautifully unfurls like a swirling galaxy yet takes plenty of suspenseful twists and turns. And just for the fans, the screenplay also draws some clever parallels to the original, second Star Trek movie – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
The Gay: Quinto and Pine. Hotness. Along with their sizzling good looks, the bromance between Kirk and Spock is truly touching. (I admit that one pivotal scene near the end made me shed a tear. Oh how I dream to see a love scene between these two. Sigh.) And whoa, does Spock become all bad-ass! And by bad-ass, I mean hot piece of ass! Delicious.
Cumberbatch breathes a fiery sexiness into the dark and smoldering Harrison. Into Darkness? More like Into Tall, Dark, and Handsomeness! That epic fight scene between Cumberbatch and Quinto smoldered with such testosterone-laden fury that I needed a cold shower afterwards.
Zoe Saldana as Uhura was looking fierce! She worked those outfits like no one else could. Rihanna better take some style lessons from this girl! Werk!
The Bad: Not too much to report here. Perhaps some die-hard Trekkies would beg to differ, since Abrams really launches the franchise into a whole other dimension with this sequel. But overall, the film just works. Get used to it.
The Fugly: Um, Abrams, what is up with your fetish for lens flares?! Not only do you get them in this flick in abundance, but they’re in 3D! They were cool for the first five minutes of the film, but after that I just wanted to swipe them out of my field of view. Trés annoying.
Boldly go see it, or does Darkness fall? Go forth and prosper by purchasing tickets while you still can, preferably for the IMAX 3D screenings. This flick is stellar!
The Grade: A