Star Trek Into Darkness — PG-13

May 24, 2013

The story

‚??How many torpedoes do you have on your ship?‚?Ě asks John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). ‚??Seventy-two,‚?Ě says Captain Kirk (Chris Pine). Federation starship Enterprise, commanded by Kirk, tracks Harrison, wanted for horrific terrorist attacks in London, to Klingons‚?? home planet, where the Enterprise is to use its advanced, long-range torpedoes to destroy Harrison without provoking a war with the Klingons. That‚??s the dicey setup.

Can Kirk, Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the Enterprise crew successfully carry out their assignment? What are Harrison‚??s motivations? Who is Harrison? Answers in this action-filled, sci-fi film.

The actors

Actors from 2009‚??s ‚??Star Trek‚?Ě return for this second prequel in the franchise. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban are excellent as youthful members of USS Enterprise. Pine is impulsive, annoying James Tiberius Kirk, to whom his commanding officer shouts, ‚??You think that rules are for other people!‚?Ě Quinto is half-Vulcan/half-human Spock, compulsive rule-follower, whose strict, logical approach to every issue frustrates his sometime-friend Kirk. Zoe Saldano is action-hero Uhura who may ‚?? or may not ‚?? have feelings for rationalist Spock. Simon Pegg is fast-talking Scotty, who has issues with Kirk. Karl Urban is fun as down-in-the-mouth ‚??Bones‚?Ě McCoy.

Others in the cast include steely-eyed Benedict Cumberbatch (what a great name!) who plays traitorous, thoughtful, moralistic bad guy John Harrison. John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Alice Eve are crew-members Sulu, Chekov and Dr. Carol Marcus. Bruce Greenwood and Peter Weller are Starfleet admirals Pike and Marcus.

Other comments

‚??Star Trek Into Darkness‚?Ě continues the saga in this almost-50-year-old franchise, and it‚??s a good one ‚?? exciting and satisfying story, performances and visuals. J.J. Abrams directed, from a (sometimes humorous) script by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. While the visual effects are first-rate (including Kirk and Harrison jet-packing through space, starship crash-landing in San Francisco, cityscapes ‚?? circa 2259 ‚?? and Hubbell-inspired deep space vistas), the quieter scenes where personalities and relationships play out are equally compelling. We learn enough about characters (Harrison, too) to care about them, a rare thing in action films. Kirk, Spock, Uhura and Scotty, all have self-revelatory scenes, played well by the actors.

Rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi action and violence, ‚??Into Darkness‚?Ě runs 132 minutes. A must-see for Trekkies, plenty of pleasures for sci-fi and action-film fans. Smart movie-making all around. Stay for the credit graphics.

Final words

‚??Star Trek Into Darkness‚?Ě ‚??

Passions ‚?? love and wrath;

Story ‚?? operatic;

Villain ‚?? sociopath.