J.J. Abrams repeats his triumph of Trek with the wholly thrilling Star Trek Into Darkness.
Steadfastly proving that when it comes to beloved franchises, sometimes it helps if there are two capable captains driving the ship. And while some of that new ship smell may have faded from Abrams’ initial 2009 outing, Star Trek Into Darkness is still more than energized with fantastic new dangers and a strong returning cast.
Star Trek may inhabit a world blessed with Sci-Fi wonders and updated tech, but Abrams keeps Roddenberry’s key hook at heart, beaming everything down to Trek’s trademark focus – its people. The returning crew settles easily back into their respective rhythms, with Pine, Quinto, Saldana, Urban, Pegg and Cho handing in charged performances, but it’s the new baddie on deck that puts the prize in this Enterprise.
For Roddenberry veterans, Khan may be one of the most; if not the most, well known of all the Trek tyrants. So naturally the franchise needed to find someone who could fill that role with plenty of punch and peculiarity – bring in Benedict Cumberbatch. More than just a spell-checkers nightmare, Cumberbatch not only delivers Khan’s wicked ways in vehement spades, but never lets his character, or Khan’s devilish deeds, stray into the overly dramatic. Kirk may rule in the school of good-guy cool, but Khan, and Cumberbatch, reign supreme as the kings of mean.
The extras menu is slight but significant enough, with topics briefly touched upon but never enough for what the franchise deserves. The featurettes are mostly comprised of behind the scenes looks and breakdowns of three key scenes, those being the Starfleet Headquarters Attack, Space Jump, and the Brawl at the Bay scenes. With the longest supplemental feature winding down at a mere eight-and-a-half minutes – that feature being Creating the Red Planet, which boasts not only the longest run time, but is also one of the most worthwhile extras of the menu – it’s hard not to go full-on-Khan after each supplement’s all too sudden ending. Star Trek Into Darkness shines bright with a thoroughly charming delight.
Studio Synopsis: J.J. Abrams’ STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS is the best-reviewed blockbuster of the year. When a ruthless mastermind known as Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) declares a one-man war on the Federation, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the daring crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will embark on the greatest manhunt in history. It will take all of their skills and teamwork to defend Earth and eliminate Khan’s threat.
- Creating the Red Planet: Experience the creation of a never-before-seen alien world, as featured in the action-packed opening sequence of the film.
- Attack on Starfleet: Go behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers and witness the creation of the shocking attack on Starfleet Headquarters.
- The Klingon Home World: Discover the stunning world of Kronos, and see how the filmmakers reinvented the Klingons for a new generation.
- The Enemy of My Enemy: Find out how, and why, the identity of the film’s true villain was kept a mystery to the very end.
- Ship to Ship: An in-depth and thrilling look at the filming of the iconic space jump sequence, which both defied the laws of physics and pushed the limits of visual effects.
- Brawl by the Bay: Sit in with Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch as they revisit their intense preparation for the film’s breathtaking climax.
- Continuing the Mission: An inspiring look at the partnership between the film’s crew and the organization that assists returning veterans to find meaningful ways to contribute on the home front.
Running Time: 131 minutes
Number of Disks: 2
Central Cast: Chris Pine | Zachary Quinto | Zoe Saldana | Karl Urban | Simon Pegg | John Cho | Benedict Cumberbatch | Anton Yelchin | Bruce Greenwood | Peter Weller | Alice Eve
Director: J.J. Abrams
Central Writers: Roberto Orci | Alex Kurtzman
Theatrical Release: May 16, 2013
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: September 10, 2013
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE
Images: Paramount Pictures