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Star Trek Into Darkness IMAX 3D (8/10)

by Tony Medley

Runtime 134 minutes.

OK for children.

Benedict Cumberpatch gives a sterling performance as an ambiguous bad guy, Khan, in this second of the new iteration of Kirk and Spockís adventures in space. This continues the story of Kirk and his ship The Enterprise, when it was first built that started in the last film, a flashback from the original series that starred William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

Directed with wonderful pace by J. J. Abrams, Chris Pine (Captain James Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) have grown into their roles and seem much more assured than four years ago. Quinto has improved immeasurably, so much so that he measures up to Nimoy's creation of the character almost a half century ago. Nimoy makes a cameo again in this one.

The story (credits to Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof) is actually quite good for a special effects-laden film. And the special effects are exceptional. The 3D is mostly noticeable in the titles and opening sequence. It is so good that it had me flinching as things flew out at me.

The supporting actors donít take a second seat to the people who played the roles in the original TV series. Simon Pegg is once again very good as Scotty and Karl Urban is an agreeable Bones. Bruce Greenwood is especially enjoyable as Pike, Kirkís boss.

When there are so many special effects, thereís really not much more to say about this except that it only dragged once, near the end. This could be the best Star Trek movie of them all.

May 13, 2013

 

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