Has it really been four years since the first "Star Trek" reboot was released? I was certain they would eventually have a sequel to that one to keep the series going. I just didn't think it would be another four years before it finally came out. Even "Transformers" movies don't wait that long between movies to put one out.
In "Into Darkness" the crew of the Enterprise comes face-to-face with a terror within their own Starfleet Federation. A fugitive like none they have never seen before launches a personal attack against the Federation. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt to the edge of the Klingon empire to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
I would call this a spoiler alert, but even when you look up the cast of this movie, you see who the main villain is. It's something that I wasn't expecting. That's why I joked about it with my dude E when he texted me about how good this flick was. I laughingly commented that Khan comes back from the dead. He responded that he wasn't going to give anything away. At first I thought he was also trying to be funny. I would find out soon enough that it was because Khan was a very integral part of this film.
It was one of those anomalies that made perfect sense yet was also rather confusing. We have seen this happen before when they try to reboot a franchise. One or two of the movies will spend some time explaining situations and/or characters that have already appeared in sequels that have already appeared in the earlier version of the franchise. Yes, it is sometimes a cheap way to go as it requires little creativity. But the manner in which those characters are introduced provides its own originality.
Now where the confusing part comes in is how we see Spock (Zachary Quinto) getting advice from future Spock (Leonard Nimoy) on how to defeat Khan. Because technically, future Spock would know since he had already faced Khan. But with that being said, couldn't future Spock have already warned past Spock ahead of time of what was about to happen since he had been through it? Of course trying to infuse any bit of logic like that tends to detract from the ability to enjoy any sci-fi movie that deals with time travel so you have to look past that.
They ventured into some dangerous territory by taking on a Khan storyline. Ricardo Montablan created one of the best movie villains ever with his version of Khan in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". But what essentially happened is Benedict Cumberbatch added to the Khan legend. He showed why Khan was such the bad arse he was in the first place. There was several action sequences where this version of Khan made it very clear why he was no one to be trifled with.
Naturally, it was more than just Khan that made "Into Darkness" such a great flick. Once again, this cast of young'uns comes through with their flawless portrayals of the Enterprise crew. It's almost as if they are the original Enterprise crew on steroids. They are all more brash and even sexier while still staying true to the core essence of their characters. I especially like the way Spock took it up a notch here.
Director J.J. Abrams did an excellent job of bridging many of the best elements of the "Star Trek" world in one movie. We get the Khan backstory, Kirk's ex-wife is introduced (even though Mom had to hip me to that in order for me to catch it) and connections are made to the previous movie as well as to past episodes of the tv series. So if we have to wait four years in between new "Star Trek" films and get this type of product as a result then I'm perfectly fine with that.
My rating: A