Quick Hit Review: "Star Trek Into Darkness"

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Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana as the Enterprise crew as they face a new foe portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
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Quick Hit Review: "Star Trek Into Darkness"

J.J. Abrams and crew have done a commendable job with “Star Trek Into Darkness” following the success of the 2009 reboot. “Star Trek Into Darkness” has been shrouded in secrecy since a few production photos were taken at the beginning of shooting last year, and for good reason. There were some massive plot and character twists that were immensely more enjoyable with the element of surprise, namely the reveal of the villain’s identity.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” has a few flaws, one being the minimal impact of the secondary characters Checkov, Sulu and Dr. McCoy, although it’s a truly difficult task with such a large ensemble. Especially when including a few new characters in Alice Eve’s Carol Marcus, Peter Weller’s Admiral Marcus, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison/Khan Noonien Singh. Another flaw was the inclusion of exact dialogue and nearly identical scenes from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” during the end of the film.

All-in-all Star Trek Into Darkness was a very enjoyable Summer Blockbuster and Sequel in one of the most beloved franchises in film. The revelation of Khan was a total surprise even with all of the endless debate throughout this past year on who the villain would be. Khan wasn’t the only villain though, Admiral Marcus proved to be a volatile foe as well. The inclusion of Section 31 and their use of Khan as a means to prepare for war was a clever and intelligent way of bringing the Khan story to this new timeline. Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t disappoint as the genetically engineered being, he was ruthless, fierce and actually walked the line between good and evil which was brilliant.

The main focus of the film was undoubtedly the growth of Captain Kirk as well as his relationship with Spock. This focus was intact and executed with grace. Many interviews with the stars had provided the idea that “this film is Kirk earning the chair” which was dead on. Ultimately it was enjoyable to see the character fight for his life, for his planet, and most importantly for his crew.

Theater vs. Home Release: Theater for sure in IMAX 3D if possible!

4 out of 5 stars