ByVahn Gharakhani, writer at
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Vahn Gharakhani

Let’s just say when it comes to summer blockbusters, Star Trek Into Darkness is THE one for 2013! Yes, Iron Man 3 and Monsters Universitywere most definitely contenders, but Star Trek is a stand out.

In the beginning of the film, Captain Kirk () and the rest of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise have been exploring a new planet. Kirk allows the indigenous alien species see them and their ship. Kirk is summoned to Admiral Pike () who tells Kirk that he is not ready to take the responsibility of the captains chair. When the villainous Khan () attacks the federation, Kirk leads the Enterprise crew on a manhunt to capture Khan and force him to answer for his criminal acts.

Let me start out by saying, holy shit! The acting in this movie was flawless. When I found out there was going to be a sequel I was so excited. The actors that were introduced in the first film are all back, and they certainly brought back their A Game for the sequel. The two actors from the original cast I have to talk about are Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. These awesome actors are already stellar by reputation. But when Khan tests them to their limits, the Captain and his first officer are forced out of their comfort zones, particularly Spock, who surrenders to his half human side and actually cries at one point (if you have seen the film feel free to talk about why he does so in the comments). It actually made me teary in that scene. Then we have Spock yelling the famous line “KHAAAAAAAN”; a great emotional moment for his character. Now I have to talk about my favorite actor EVER (man crush) ! I love the show Sherlock and when I heard that he was cast as the villain I was so excited! Let me tell you guys, casting Benedict as Khan in this movie was the prefect follow on from who played the original Khan in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Benedict creates a frightening interpretation of the character, he is emotionally intimidating and ruthless. He is not the only villain in the film, but he develops from a minor character into the main villain. You won’t be disappointed by the acting in Star Trek: Into Darkness.

Finally, the direction: perfectly orchestrated by . Following on from the success of the 2009 film, Abrams brings Star Trek to a whole new level of excitement. Choosing to film the movie partially with IMAX Cameras and converting to 3D, it’s all really impressive. I saw the film in IMAX 3D and let me tell you it was the most fun I have had at an IMAX film since The Dark Knight Rises! With Star Trek: Into Darkness being a huge directorial success, the next planned instalment alongside Abram's Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens looks promising.

So, after seeing the movie, I was compelled to watch the first one again on Blu-Ray. Star Trek: Into Darkness is definitely going into my movie collection when it comes to Blu-Ray 3D!

Let me know what you thought of Star Trek: Into Darkness. Did you love it? Or did it not reach your expectations? Comment below, let me know!


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