BEYOND THE DARKNESS, LIES GREATNESS.
After an attack on Starfleet headquarters in San Francisco, the main suspect (Benedict Cumberbatch) hides on Klingon territory and is pursued by a vengeful Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew. The sequel to Star Trek (2009) is equally impressive, boasting beautiful visual effects (now in 3D that looks great even though it was added in post), plenty of thrills and a cast that seems even more comfortable in their iconic roles this second time round. An icy Cumberbatch is wickedly entertaining as the head villain. The script connects with episodes of the original Star Trek as well as Star Trek II (1982), sometimes deftly, sometimes lazily.
2013-U.S. 132 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Screenplay: Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci. Music: Michael Giacchino. Cast: Chris Pine (James Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoë Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho… Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Leonard Nimoy. Voice of Bill Hader.
Trivia: Benicio Del Toro was allegedly considered for a role. Followed by Star Trek Beyond (2016).
Last word: “I wanted to do the fans proud and make sure the story is something that touches people. The goal was to try to tell a story which can be seen and enjoyed if you haven’t seen the previous one or know anything about the original series. But having said that, there are those fans of ‘Star Trek’ who are very vocal and like things the way they were – we’ve all met them and I love and respect them because we wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for them – but we couldn’t make a movie just for those fans.” (Abrams, The Telegraph)