When director J.J. Abrams successfully re-launched Star Trek in 2009 everyone has been eagerly anticipating the follow up. Now the time has come to journey once again with the crew of the Enterprise with Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams created a big challenge for himself trying to top his previous film and with rumors swirling on characters and plot direction fans where as eager as ever to see if it truly could go boldly ahead of its predecessor.
Star Trek Into Darkness follows the crew of the Enterprise who must set out to take on an unstoppable force within their own organization leading Kirk into a personal vendetta that will thrust them into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. With the previous film they cleverly rebooted the franchise leaving it open to go anywhere they wanted without really messing up anything that has come before it. With this latest entry they continue this trend, but still borrow some aspects of the past. There are so many iconic moments in this film that are sure to please the fans, but will also probably divide some down the middle. We haven’t quite gotten to the exploration phase of this crew, but instead continue to work towards making these guys a real crew. The biggest focus here is still trying to get them all working together, but most importantly building the friendship we all know between Kirk and Spock that is inevitable. The film kicks off with some great action and never really lets up while still keeping some great story elements intact to make for an intriguing direction. There are a few elements that are important to not only this story, but sets up the established Trek Universe and possible future story directions as well.
The cast jump right back into synch and really do a great job as these characters. They deserve some major props for stepping into these iconic roles and keeping them true to form while still adding their own style to them. This is primarily a Kirk and Spock film so they get the most screen time, but the rest of the cast get their moments to shine and all deliver, but just not as much as you may want. Karl Urban once again steals the show as Bones every time he steps on screen. We finally get a glimpse of those classic Kirk, Spock, Bones banter moments, but just not as many as you hope for. Benedict Cumberbatch steps into this series as the villain John Harrison and is a forced to be reckoned with. Not only is he a great actor, but he throws himself full on into this role creating a memorable character that is not only pure evil, but has layers that is rarely seen in this sort of film. As expected the visuals and effects are amazing, once again bringing you into this world and expanding it even further. While there isn’t as much space action this time around, but what is there is epic and intense. Don’t let that worry you as there is still plenty of action including some great hand to hand fights and phaser battles.
There are some aspects regarding the twists, turns, and character directions that will most likely divide audiences and while not all that unexpected still work brilliantly. One of the coolest, which is not a spoiler as they showed them in the trailer, comes in the form of the new Klingons. Their updated designs are awesome, but before everyone starts complaining about them changing them, remember that they were changed from the original series and the films as well. This is not only another great entry into this amazing new direction of the franchise, it out does the original in some ways and will make you eager and ready for another away mission with the crew of the Enterprise.