Trekkies everywhere have eagerly awaited J.J. Abrams follow up to his 2008 reboot of “Star Trek,” and while “Star Trek Into Darkness” doesn’t quite match the magic of its predecessor, it still provides summer entertainment at warp speed.
Here’s the gist:
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.
With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
As our heroes are propelled 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.
“Into Darkness” has much of the brilliance and energy of the 2008 outing, as well as the stellar cast of regulars: Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Anton Yelchin (Chekhov), Karl Urban (Bones), the wonderful Simon Pegg (Scotty), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), and John Cho (Sulu). Dr Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) is a smart addition to the crew, who also provides an (entirely gratuitous) underwear scene that should appeal to the fanboys.
As great as the ensemble is, “Into Darkness” real secret weapon is Benedict Cumberbatch (PBS Sherlock Holmes) who plays a mysterious surprise villain, John Harrison (You’ll get no spoilers from me!) who manages to look great even while being punched in the face.
It should be of no surprise that the ending will make you eagerly await the next installment.
The Bottom Line: Definitely worth seeing on the big screen — even better in 3D. You may want to think twice before bringing young ones.
Runtime: 132 minutes
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence