A generic action adventure that remains chained to its old mythology rather than to “go boldly where no man has gone before”.

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. (c) Paramount

Star Trek Into Darkness hits all the right notes as a summer blockbuster movie. It has big scale action combined with small frenetic sequences to keep the audience engaged.  The cast’s banter adds humor along the way.

Upon closer inspection though, you’ve seen it all before. It’s a generic action adventure with a revenge driven plot laced with political subtext. The directorial style still comes with lens flares, but with more close-up shots. It seems that Abrams has never met a wide shot that he liked.

It pulls the usual surprises of the good guys vs. bad guys narrative where the good guys are never really in peril. It has an indestructible supervillian (who launched a terrorist attack) that got involved with a misguided egotistical asshat (who responded by sending torpedoes to kill one guy  in a far-off planet) within the organization.

Along with this is a soap opera in space that mostly focuses on the bromance between Kirk and Spock. Chris Pine is decent but his toned down frat boy Kirk isn’t memorable. Zachary Quinto’s Spock is still the cast’s strongest suit. The rest are under-served, except for Simon Pegg’s Scotty who had a bigger role.

Zoe Zaldana’s Uhuru is nothing but the worried girlfriend. Alice Eve’s Carol is mainly there to serve a gratuitous shot. Karl Urban’s Bones becomes the comic relief but it doesn’t suit his persona. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a good performance, but his character is paper thin. The rest are forgettable.

All this aside, the sequel is still a serviceable piece of entertainment for non-fans and fans alike.

My Rating: 7/10

Alternative Movie Poster by Adam Rabalais

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