Star Trek Into Darkness is a terrible title for a rather excellent film, using a simplistic tale of morality and infusing it with enough bright characterizations to fulfill its duty as a sci-fi feature. J.J. Abrams’ sequel to his solid reboot in 2009 follows Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the rest of the Enterprise crew as they face a threat from one of their own, a rogue officer played by Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s an elusive, strong force, one prepared to take down Starfleet at any cost; his true intentions and motivations are hidden for much of the film’s beginning, creating a one-dimensional presence that doesn’t fully work. Once the story reaches its climax, though, and these characters begin to truly face danger and challenges of their own belief systems, the movie works as well as any Star Trek feature has. These characters aren’t incredibly complex; I don’t think they ever were. But they are strong types, consistently creating engaging wordplay that only heightens the action that continuously comes forth on screen. It’s a bit numbing in terms of how many set pieces the film includes over 130 minutes, but they are well realized and the film’s focused. This will be one of the, if not the, strongest blockbusters we see this summer.

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Written by Eric Forthun