With classic characters, an unforgettable villain and an intergalactic scope, “Star Trek: Into Darkness” is the best blockbuster of the summer. So far, the movie has hauled in more than $220 million at the box office, and it projects to earn more than the J.J. Abrams reboot from four years prior. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto return in their roles as Captain Kirk and Spock, respectively, but the real star is Benedict Cumberbatch, a British actor with a deep voice who portrays Khan. The newest “Star Trek” has all the elements of a great popcorn blockbuster: action, stunning visuals, a touch of humor, and endearing characters.
Kirk and Spock Resume Bromance
One is calculated and analytical. The other, brash and spontaneous. Together, Spock and Captain Kirk are the battery that powers the movie. In the opening scene, Spock is prepared to give his life up to save a small planet and its indigenous inhabitants. Kirk has other plans, though, beaming Spock up from an erupting volcano just in time. Spock realizes Kirk’s sacrifice, and he spends the rest of the film looking to redeem himself.
This is only their second go around, but Pine and Quinto have already developed an undeniable chemistry. Spock and Kirk rarely see eye-to-eye, but they complement each other and genuinely care for the other’s being. By the end, the two leads find themselves in reversed roles Spock takes on the most popular villain, Khan while Kirk works to save the Enterprise. Catch up on the new Kirk-Spock bromance by watching the last “Star Trek.” Check your cable listings or visit directtvdeal.com to find a movie package. With these two distinct characters at the helm, the franchise is in good hands.
Fans are used to terrifying villains. Klingons threaten earth’s existence every few years, other villains abound, and the next unknown threat is only a galaxy away. At first glance, the villain in “Star Trek: Into Darkness” may not seem like a particularly daunting threat. Rogue Starfleet agent John Harrison commits consecutive acts of terrorism before fleeing to Klingon territory. Kirk and his crew go after and capture whom they think is Harrison, but they soon learn that they’ve been deceived. Harrison is actually Khan, a genetically enhance superhuman who has been in cryogenic sleep for more than 300 years.
Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who portrays Khan, uses his British accent to strike fear into the hearts of Starfleet members. Cumberbatch spends most of the movie decked in black, a classic villain shade, and he only gets more terrifying as the plot unfolds. By the end of the film, you’ll want more Khan in subsequent Star Trek sequels.
Action and Humor
Movie fans have come to expect stunning visuals in summer blockbusters, and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” delivers in spades. You’ll feel as you can touch the stars as the Enterprise enters warp speed, and back on earth, future London is a stunning display of design and imagination. The movie also includes signature “Star Trek” humor. As Kirk, Spock and Spock’s love interest Uhura descend to find Khan in enemy territory, Uhura can’t help by address the fight brewing between her and Spock. Kirk tries to defuse the situation, but ends up joining the intervention with Spock. It’s a subtle moment of levity in between the action. The perfect recipe for a summer movie hit.
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