The latest chapter in JJ Abrams Star Trek series debuted in theaters this week. Star Trek: Into Darkness continues the updated representation of the universe originally created by Gene Roddenberry. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto come back to reprise their roles of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock along with the rest of the Enterprise crew.
The movie was as visually stunning and beautiful as the first if not more so. Abrams take on the Star Trek universe really pays homage to the original TV series while still taking on its own unique identity with a number of twists and turns.
Much of this has to do with the acting. Benedict Cumberbatch does a fantastic job as the movie’s antagonist. He does play a popular Trek villain who is identified in the movie. Cumberbatch does a fantastic job with the role and steals the scenes he’s in. He adds a layer of depth to the character and is sometimes scary with how he portrays the character. The film also introduced the Klingons into this universe. While we’re only given a teaser of them, hopefully their presence is expanded on in future films.
The Enterprise crew is given a chance to shine. Most of the characters were given some character depth and exploration. Except for Chekov. Unfortunately, Chekov’s presence in the movie is mostly comic relief, but Anton Yelchin was funny when he needed to be.
Overall, the movie had a lot of fun action and really proved to be a great sci-fi action adventure. It’s definitely worth seeing.