run time: 132 mins
considered: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve
movie summary: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: The summer of 2013 featured great franchise movies like Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel, but none of them can compare to Star Trek Into Darkness. When Into Darkness was released I still had not watched a single episode of Star Trek in my life, but knew beforehand that the plot was similar to Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan.
In the franchise’s newest film, we find the Enterprise crew lead by Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) chasing after the evil villain Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). Kirk and Spock are in deep trouble with Starfleet after Kirk doesn’t follow orders on a previous mission. Both are demoted and assigned to different ships, while Khan who was a member of Starfleet, executes a secret attack by blowing up a building in London.
Kirk begs the high admirals to be reinstated on the Enterprise and go after Khan, who had escaped to the furthest parts of the galaxy near Klingon territory.The Enterprise crew arm themselves with 72 missiles for a mission to kill Khan wherever he is hiding. Scotty (Simon Pegg) refuses to load the missiles and quits, which forces Kirk to promote Chekov (Anton Yelchin) to Chief Engineer and head into warp.
When the Enterprise finally locates Khan, he helps fight off a Klingon army that has attacked Kirk, Spock, and Uhura (Zoe Saldana). He surrenders and agrees to be brought back to earth for persecution. On the voyage back home, the Enterprise runs into even more trouble. Chief Admiral Marcus has turned rogue and threatens to destroy the ship and crew unless Khan is turned over to him. Kirk tries to outsmart the Admiral with the help of Khan and Scotty, who has returned at the perfect moment. The trio beam onto the Admirals ship, but are too late when Enterprise is attacked and suffers major damage. The ship loses all its power and starts a free fall back to Earth. Kirk has to beam back to the ship and make the ultimate choice to save his crew.
Khan manages to escape and crash the Admiral’s ship back on Earth. Spock is furious about the double cross by Khan and rushes down to earth to catch him. The duo battle across the streets of San Francisco, until Spock manages to apprehend him thanks to help from Uhura. Doctor McCoy (Keith Urban) uses Khan’s blood to help in Kirk’s recovery before freezing him and sending him to the far reaches of the galaxy.
The Enterprise undergoes repairs and is rebuilt for the upcoming five-year mission Kirk, Spock, and the crew warp into as the end credits start.
Star Trek Into Darkness has a great mixture of humour, heartfelt drama, and thrilling action scenes. The film portrays the Star Trek characters and the Khan storyline with great detail just like in the original series. Die hard Trekkie fans will be happy with a story featuring a classic villain, while new comers to the franchise who enjoyed Star Trek (2009), will be thrilled to see the Enterprise Crew get in and out of trouble again.
my star rating: 10 out 10