I’ve said many times that Star Trek is personally my favorite franchise of all time and this latest movie titled “Star Trek Into Darkness” is easily one of the best and definitely one of my favorites. It continues the alternate reality adventures of the original crew, picking up after the 2009 reboot. This time, the characters are given a lot more to work with, there’s lots of smart plot twists, a very engaging story, some thrilling action scenes and it marks the return of Khan, the most famous villain in the Star Trek cannon. The plot is deep and has a lot going on but I don’t want to spoil anything, so to some things up, Khan is attacking the federation and Captain Kirk, along with the crew of the Enterprise go and stop him, but they soon discover secrets within secrets and an even bigger story revolving around this powerful new villain.
Even though I loved these characters in the first film, I feel like there a million times better in this film, the decisions they have to make are a lot bigger, their conversations are a lot more interesting and even though the new Khan isn’t nearly as good as the original, he’s still a very imposing villain that holds your attention very well. The visuals are a lot better this time around, there aren’t that many bright lights that were just blinding to look at in the first film and the worlds they go to are very interesting. The only thing that I snickered at was the ending which was a cut and paste of the ending from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”. This didn’t ruin the film by any means but it was distracting and it made me wish that they did something different. I can imagine hard core Star Trek fans getting really annoyed with that ending but if you can ignore it like I did, then you should still have a very good time with this film.
It really is everything you’d want to see in a good Star Trek movie, good character development, some surprising roll reversals, lots of excitement, a touch of hummer and even a really good political subtext. It’s just a really solid and very exciting, Sci-Fi adventure with great context and wonderful characters that you love to watch on screen. I give “Star Trek Into Darkness” 4 ½ stars.