Release date: In theaters nationwide on May 16, 2013
Buckle up, moviegoers. “Star Trek Into Darkness” is the summer movie to see right now. Whether you consider yourself a Trekkie or a non-Trekkie, this is a film that everyone will enjoy. It’s only May, but it’s going to be impossible for any other summer blockbuster to top what J.J. Abrams has done. Not only has he made a fun popcorn flick, but he has also made a very human one, too.
The die-hard Trekkies can complain about Abrams’ 2009 film all they want. It was still a fun experience, and Abrams outdoes himself with this sequel. The thrilling action scenes, the colorful imagery, and the many nods to the original “Star Trek,” make “Star Trek Into Darkness” more than just a film for the fans.
Like this month’s “Iron Man 3,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” carries the buddy cop element with it and uses it so well. In fact, the buddy cop element is used better here than in the former film, and this is coming from someone who liked “Iron Man 3.”
Chris Pine excels once again as Captain James T. Kirk, the rebellious leader of the Starship Enterprise and lover of the alien-ladies. He and Spock (Zachary Quinto) spar with words over the film’s opening mission and how it was handled. There’s also some scuff throughout the film about the current mission, too. Quinto holds a deadpan expression throughout the entire film, and his highly intellectual dialogue is delivered with perfection.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” hits close to reality, pitting the crew against a villain who blows up part of futuristic London. That man is named John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), and he’s carrying a secret about himself, too.
But, don’t worry; this review won’t give anything away. Granted, the film has already been out for two days, and people all over the Internet are revealing spoilers like they think all of America has seen the film by now. Whatever happened to proper etiquette and issuing a warning before revealing all the secrets? Or, better yet, whatever happened to keeping your mouth shut?
Those unfamiliar with Cumberbatch’s work in “Sherlock” will see from where all the discussion is coming. His performance in “Star Trek Into Darkness” is a powerhouse, and he easily becomes one of the most sinister and memorable villains to grace the silver screen in recent history.
Abrams gets the viewer up-close and personal with his spectacularly-filmed action sequences. It’s breathtaking to see Kirk and another member soaring through a debris-cluttered sky, as well as Kirk and Spock running through a bright red field and jumping into the ocean. The lens flare about which many people complain is used quite a bit, but it’s not an annoyance. 3D or not, “Star Trek Into Darkness” is one to watch on the big screen.
Grade: A (4.5/5 stars)
“Star Trek Into Darkness” is currently playing at Cinemark 14 in Chico. Click here for tickets and showtimes.