WRITTEN BY: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof
DIRECTED BY: J.J. Abrams
STARRING: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban
RATING: 3 stars
At the risk of offending a large portion of my readership, I must confess I am not really a Star Trek fan. Having said that, there are a lot of things to like about Star Trek Into Darkness for trekies and blockbuster film fans. For starters, the visual effects are very good and there is a fun use of 3D throughout. There is also a good dose of action and humour, with several references to the Star Trek franchise. Despite its positives, there was something lacking that almost derailed the entire film. In fact, it was almost boring in parts due to its slow pace.
When the Star Fleet faces a terror attack from within that threatens the universe, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the Enterprise team embark on a mission to save the universe from an all-out war. They capture the villain named Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) but things are not quite as they seem.
Quinto and Pine are now well and truly comfortable in their roles and have great chemistry. Most of the humour, heart and clashes come from their interactions. It is largely due to their performances that these films are successful. Cumberbatch is a decent villain but was lacking some menace. Simon Pegg was funny as Scotty and Karl Urban is also good as Bones, particularly given that he had some of the more woeful lines. Zoe Saldana could have been used more but she is solid.
Fans of the franchise and the first film should be satisfied with this instalment. It is not amazing, but it is entertaining enough.