“Because I am better than you at everything.”– Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan
What’s good: The villain is so deliciously evil.
What’s not good: Too many slow and boring moments.
What happened: J.J. Abrams has certainly breathed new life into the immensely popular Star Trek franchise. While most of these films have been spectacular individually (Wrath of Khan was questionable), this updated version offers an interesting take that is sure to delight cult followers and newbies alike. Abrams’ newest flick ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is not perfect, but is a wonderful addition to the Star Trek universe.
Reckless, stubborn, yet courageous are all ways one would describe Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine). His unorthodox methods usually work, however, they are always wrought with major consequences. What he does to help Spock early on (Zachary Quinto) was in direct violation of several Starfleet prime directives. His punishment was losing his title and his beloved ship, The Enterprise. Kirk thought he had hit rock bottom until an unknown assassin destroys what little he has left.
Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) knows too much about Starfleet Command protocol. His attack on a secret and heavily armed military compound was just the beginning. Khan wants what is rightfully his and is determined to annihilate everyone in his path. He has superhuman strength, agility, intelligence, and is somehow always one step ahead of his prey. To make matters worse, Kirk’s search for Khan has now stirred up trouble with the Klingons. It is up to Kirk to catch this evil predator and stop him before he unleashes hell on earth.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is filled with so much action that it is hard to pinpoint which scene is the best. The escape from the red planet will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat! This film clearly spent tons of cash on the special effects and they fit seamlessly into the story. It is hard to find a decent villain in movies these days and it is refreshing to finally see one in Khan. The way he toys with Kirk and Spock is so much fun to watch. He is such a badass that you will actually wonder if anyone will be able to defeat him. The best movies have a bad guy that not only is in control, but could honestly win in the end. It was also great how this movie tied in to ‘The Wrath of Khan’ even though a few plot holes were created in the process.
As entertaining as this flick was, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ feels like a string of mindless action scenes tied together. All this film does is move from one big explosion and fight scene to the next. There’s just not enough happening between these elaborate set pieces. Spending more time developing the characters would have surely made what happens to them more meaningful. The final problem with ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ was the supposed romance between Spock and Lt. Uhura (Zoe Saldana). It just did not work and was so poorly written that it should have been removed all together. There is very little chemistry between these two characters which made it feel like a complete waste of time to watch.
Bottom Line: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ has its flaws, but is definitely worth checking out.
Rating: Run time: 2 hours, 12 minutes
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is now available for purchase anywhere DVD’s are sold.