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Star Trek Into Darkness

May 19, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Director: JJ Abrams
Actors: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch

Star Trek Into Darkness

Synopsis: The USS Starship Enterprise, led by Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto), heads to the Klingon homeland to retrieve the rogue agent, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), who has been responsible for a series of terrorist acts.

Review: Star Trek Into Darkness is another proficient, literate and highly enjoyable sci-fi romp from JJ Abrams, particularly promising considering he’s been given the reins to the forthcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy. Even if ultimately, the film is no more than a frothy confection that won’t linger too long on the memory after the final credits have rolled, the journey itself is extremely entertaining.

What Abrams seems to be able to do is bounce a surprisingly dense and unwieldy sci-fi narrative around a bunch of well-realised and colourful characters (a feat for pulpy material), and even if he does fall back a bit on the sentimental bromance of Kirk and Spock, I prefer to remember the nice character touches in-between: Spock wilfully and strangely content to kill himself on the volcanic planet, Kirk’s exasperations at the Spock/Uhura bickering, and Simon Pegg’s brilliant Scotty spouting to his hapless alien underling at a bar. (May 2013)

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