Star Trek : Into Darkness

Star Trek : Into Darkness, 2013 film starring  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg.  Round two from  J.J. Abrams and the new Star Trek world.

The introduction of Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) in this new altered star trek universe.  Seemingly unstoppable, Khan ambushes a high level meeting of the federations best with bullets (well, lasers) and tries to kill as many as possible.  Kirk (Pine) mages to stop him for the moment but not before his mentor and friend Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) is killed.  With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to the Klingon home world to capture Khan.  The crew must deal with some unexpected surprises along the way.

There is a lot of conflict by many about the direction the new films take.  Die hard Star Trek fans were outraged that they would change the whole timeline in the first film, virtually destroying 95% of Vulcans and putting the Federation on a whole new path.  Yes, that part was horrible, it would have changed the whole set up after the Enterprise…would there be a Voyager or even Deep Space Nine?  Not likely.

You kind of have to look at the new films as an alternate universe, once you get past that you can sit and enjoy the movies.  This sequel was good.  In a changed universe I was wondering if Khan would come up and low and behold, here he is.  They couldn’t have chose better than Cumberbatch to play him either.  He was great as Khan.  In this episode we saw more outstanding CGI and effects that, lets be honest, this film can not do without.  The actors portraying the crew came back and did another great job.  The story was good, not a thing like the original Khan but then again we are in an alternate universe so they can make up whatever they want.

I rather like the JJ Abrams approach to these films, his direction and vision is excellent.  Do yourself a favor, look beyond the premise of the originals and try this new direction, it is not that bad.




 

 

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