After four long years away the crew of the Enterprise meet their most dangerous foe yet. Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock) plays the villain John Harrison who is being hunted by our heroes when he commits a terrible crime. But what is his motivations? And what will happen when they catch up with him?
I have been waiting for so long to see this film (it’s Sherlock vs Kirk!) and though it was annoying having to wait so long at least I can safely say it was worth the wait. Now that the origin story has been dealt with we can delve right into the story. What I enjoy about Star Trek is seeing the crew working together, they may argue and have differences but they are like a family. I also enjoy how Kirk is not just seen as the big hero of the piece, he is a leader of a team of hero and they aren’t afraid to question him when they think he’s going off track.
The cast is as good as they were in the first film. The bromance between Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) is still a central part of the movie, and both actors seem really comfortable with their roles whether dealing with drama, comedy or romance. Cumberbatch plays a great villain, just on the right side of hammy without distracting from the action. Other newcomer Alice Eve is also a welcome addition as the ship’s new science officer.
If there are any disappointments in the film it’s that some characters don’t get enough screen time. Poor Chekov is barely in it. Sulu is also marginalised but at least he gets to spend a few minutes as captain while Kirk and Spock are off ship and gives a bad ass warning to John Harrison. I’m still not completely sold on the Spock/Uhura romance but the actors play it well- I just think it’s a personal thing. Also I would have preferred a bit less Scotty (as great as Simon Pegg is) and more McCoy. Just like the first film Karl Urban shines with his dry one liners and exasperated emotional outbursts. Can he get his own storyline next time?
However those minor points are not enough to derail the film. There is high actions and plenty of emotional moments for audiences to get swept away by and despite the film’s title the film doesn’t get too dark-The Dark Knight this ain’t. Instead Star Trek Into Darkness sticks to what it does best, action, drama and characters you care about.
Rating 4/5-Please don’t let it be another four years before we see Star Trek again