“Star Trek : Into Darkness”
3.5 out of 4 Movie Beans
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch
Kirk (Pine) and his crew are back in action embarking on missions to planets all over space. After an incident in which Kirk knowingly breaks the Prime Directive, he has his position as Captain of the Enterprise revoked. During this time, a new threat to Starfleet is revealed and Kirk must take an offensive role to protect them. He will journey near the Klingon space borders to take out John Harrison (Cumberbatch) , who has launched a one-man attack on Starfleet itself. During this time, friendships will be tested and secrets revealed. Kirk must choose between following orders and doing what is right.
I don’t say this often, but this is one of those visually stunning films that you will want to see in 3D. Spend that extra cash and give your eyes a treat. Though I was never a fan of the original Star Trek franchise, I very much enjoyed this film. There was some fantastic acting and nods to the original movies starring Canadian William Shatner. The film kept a quick pace and although it tops two hours in length, you will be on the edge of your seat the entire ride. J.J. Abrams sure knows how to deliver to audiences. Having said that…SPOILER ALERT…I’m not sure where fans of the original will sit with this one. After denying over and over within the press that the character of Khan would not be featured, we learn that Benedict Cumberbatch is no ordinary, run of the mill, Trek villain. A few little twists and turns in the plot (after all, this IS a different Trek timeline), the story is a modern day “Wrath of Khan”. I’m surprised that people didn’t see it coming, Abrams loves a good homage, if you don’t believe me, you obviously haven’t seen “Super 8”. There’s been a lot of criticism over alleged ‘white-washing’ of the villain, I’d rather not jump into the racial fray myself. I will, however, comment that the acting on Cumberbatch’s part was phenomenal and no one can dispute that. The only Trek related problem I see is that it violates the whole Starfleet, “avoiding violence” policy. Kirk is pretty much sent on an assassination mission and apart from a few protestations from Spock, the whole thing is just A-Okay with everyone else. Not really in following with the ‘Trekkian’ ideals. As I said, I wonder how the die-hard ‘Trekkies’ are feeling about it. As far as action-packed, summer blockbusters are concerned though, this one is a win.
“Star Trek: Into Darkness” is playing in theatres all over Ottawa, check Cinemaclock – Ottawa for showtimes.
Special Movie Bean Salute: Benedict Cumberbatch, what an amazing performance.
Jennifer ‘Jennybean’ Barnes
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