Star Trek: Into Darkness

McCoy: "Why the hell did he surrender?"
Kirk: "I don't know. But he just took out a squad of Klingons single-handedly. I want to know how."
McCoy: "Sounds like we have a superman on board."

release year: 2013
genre: science fiction action
viewing setting: home Bluray 12/2/17 and 10/13/13

synopsis: The Enterprise is given orders to find a terrorist, but all is not as it seems.

impressions: Another winner in this rebooted series. It starts with an exciting side trip intoa volcano, progresses with some courtroom drama and then an act of violence, then a seek-and-destroy part that ends up full of surprises, and finally some space battle and a foot chase on flying ships above the ground. There was a good mix of character-driven drama and action, with plenty of special effects and homages to the original movies.

something this movie has that no other movie has: A guy diving into an erupting volcano to try and stop it.

acting: To me, Chris Pine's Kirk was a weak link - he didn't learn from his mistakes and didn't listen to his friends/crewmates. Zachary Quinto has really made Spock his own, giving a strong performance as a person caught between two worlds, neither of which will really accept him. As before, Karl Urban is McCoy, Simon Pegg is Scotty, Zoe Saldana is Uhura, John Cho is Sulu, Anton Yelchin is Chekov - and all of them get something major to do here. Benedict Cumberbatch is great as the villain (I don't want to spoil anything here, but he's just an awesome mix of powerful and dangerous.) Peter Weller is a Starfleet admiral of note, Alice Eve is his scientist daughter, and 82-year-old Leonard Nimoy makes a brief appearance as the Spock from another time.

final word: Good second movie in this rebooted universe.

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