Review: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’: A clash between two enemies, and a clash between two friends

With “Star Trek Beyond” coming out in June 2016, now is a great time to watch the prequel leading up to the movie. Captain Kirk and Spock have always been a package, but what happened before they were best friends? “Star Trek Into Darkness” answers this question perfectly, as the crew of the Enterprise are challenged with a huge threat.

In the movie, Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), and Spock (Zachary Quinto) lead their crew aboard the USS Enterprise in an attempt to stop John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), an intergalactic terrorist. As the crew find themselves unraveling a mystery bigger than any of them, it comes to light that there may be more to Harrison than anyone expected.

The character development in this movie is overall good. Like most “Star Trek” movies (excluding “The Next Generation”) it mostly focuses on Captain Kirk and Spock. However, Cumberbatch eats up plenty of screen time to portray John Harrison, and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) earns some character development due to her new relationship with Spock. Unfortunately, most secondary characters, such as Scotty (Simon Pegg) or Leonard McCoy “Bones” (Karl Urban), are kept on the sidelines until they are needed for comic relief or a quick action sequence.

It is is unfortunate that some characters are suppressed into secondary roles because the entire cast is strong in this movie. Pine plays the arrogant Captain Kirk very well, and is fits well in that role. Quinto makes the perfect Spock, and he really seems like he is completely logical and emotionless throughout the movie. One of the strongest parts of this movie is Cumberbatch, who plays John Harrison. He perfectly acts as a superior, cocky villain. He clearly portrays that Harrison thought highly of himself, and this is a strong point of the movie.

The special effects in this movie are amazing, and they were even nominated in 2014 for an Oscar, but they were beaten out by “Gravity.” The space battles were well coordinated and seemed very realistic. At the same time, the dialogue seemed very real and not forced. Spock and Kirk had a very convoluted relationship, and the writers really played it off well. No dialogue sounded cheesy, and it was great to see the two mentalities—logic and loyaltys—clash.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” does a good job paying respects to the original series, but it also makes its own name. It starts off different than all the former movies with an intense action scene that has the audience on the edge of their seats just as quickly as they sit down. It is unique to the other movies, but many key aspects remain the same. This movie is not part of the original universe of the older franchise, which let J.J. Abrams of the hook when it came to creativity and ideas.

This is a must-see movie. It is great for the older fans who have been following “Star Trek” since day one, but it is also entertaining for the new fans. With realistic special effects, great acting, and a detailed plot, this movie is a great viewing for most audiences. This summer is filled with upcoming blockbuster hits, but don’t forget to pick “Star Trek Beyond” out from the crowd.

Our grade: A
“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Rated: PG-13
Length: 132 minutes
Genre: Science Fiction
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch