Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) – 6/10 science fiction action movie review

Cast / crew
Director and Producer: J.J. Abrams
Writer and Producer: Roberto Orci
Writer and Producer: Alex Kurtzman
Writer and Producer: Damon Lindelof
Writer (Original Series’ Creator): Gene Roddenberry
Producer: Bryan Burk
Kirk: Chris Pine
Spock: Zachary Quinto
Benedict Cumberbatch: John Harrison

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

As Captain of his own starship Kirk is the arbiter of right and wrong but that doesn’t prevent his decisions having consequences. His maverick attitude seems perfect, however, when a new threat emerges – John Harrison – and Starfleet needs to, against their own ethics, eliminate him quickly and quietly. The only problem: Harrison has taken refuge on Kronos, the Klingon home planet, a species clearly itching for war, and the U.S.S. Enterprise waltzing into their space would be the perfect excuse.

6/10

It would take a brave filmmaker to make a Star Trek movie about space exploration and the wonder and delight of discovery. Anyway, back to reality. J.J. Abrams delivers this highly competent but soulless remake that replaces an intriguing and involving battle of wits with dudes punching each other endlessly. The Audi Spock Challenge ad has a more cerebral plot. Ancillary question: does Spock have a first name? While Into Darkness has a professional sheen and reasonable entertainment value, the movie does have something that rises above the ordinary: Benedict Cumberbatch. The once-floppy-haired posh boy convinces completely as a super-soldier, better at everything; better in the story and better in the movie. He might even have a better Batman voice. (You can tell what he’s saying.) Oh, and this is another movie where the entire climax is featured and spoiled in the trailer.

This movie contains bad language, adult dialogue, sexuality, extreme violence including an inferred skull crush and a leg break.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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