Terror strikes and the grieving crew of the Enterprise attempt to hunt down a master criminal while working through some serious trust issues. During this whirlwind hunt, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine, Unstoppable), Officer Uhura (Zoe Saldana, Avatar), and First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story) attempt to make amends after their last mission went wrong. This setting of distrust is a plot device that propels the film forward through it’s tumultuous plotline. I wasn’t even sure who the antagonist was for the first two thirds of the film, is it someone from Star Fleet? Is it a super human? IS IT THE ENTERPRISE ITSELF?!
Every character, old and new, gets a piece of the action. The elevated role of secondary characters from the first movie was refreshing, with Scotty (Simon Pegg, Hot Fuzz), Sulu (John Cho, Harold & Kumar), and Bones (Karl Urban, Lord Of The Rings) all having their own spotlight moments. The acting was superb; Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is AN ACTING GOD. I have never rotated so rapidly and so frequently between loving and loathing a character as I did with John Harrison.
The visual effects were also absolutely stunning. I actually cowered in my seat during several action scene. If you can spring for 3D, go for it, but I imagine the film would be just as aesthetically pleasing in the traditional viewing format.
I’m sorry this review is so nonspecific but this film is difficult to write a review about because any mention of a specific plotline will ruin the effect of going into the movie blind. Trust me. Go see this film. Don’t read the Wikipedia page, go straight to the theater. I brought my Trekkie grandmother who hasn’t seen a 3D movie since the 1950’s and she wouldn’t go see the first revival because William Shatner wasn’t in it. BUT SHE ADORED STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. SHE WAS ECSTATIC. She definitely was not the only one: AN ADULT MAN IN A STAR FLEET UNIFORM THAT WAS SITTING BEHIND ME IN THE THEATER STARTED SOBBING. EVERY TEN MINUTES EVERY PERSON IN THE THEATER BROKE INTO APPLAUSE. THERE WASN’T EVEN THAT MUCH CLAPPING IN THE FINAL HARRY POTTER FILM. ACTUALLY, MOST PLAYS THAT I’VE ATTENDED HAVEN’T RECEIVED THAT MUCH APPLAUSE.
Seriously, just go see this film.