Captain Kirk and his crew contend with a psychotic super
soldier who has declared a one-man war against the Federation.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Directed by J.J. Abrams
Written by Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof
Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch,
Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood
Sequel to 2009's Star Trek
Oscar Nominations - Best Visual Effects
It's no easy task to remake The Wrath of Khan, especially when you're insisting to fans everywhere that you are not remaking The Wrath of Khan. For some reason, the true name of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain "John Harrison" was an open secret, with everyone claiming he wasn't Khan. We all knew, J.J. Apart from that weird pre-production issue, Star Trek Into Darkness remains one of the best outings in the whole franchise, and a fantastic way to update the story of Khan Noonien Singh for a new generation of Trekkies.
Following the epic 2009 reboot, we return to an Enterprise led by an arrogant Jim Kirk (Pine). He didn't earn the chair, and he doesn't respect it, so he loses it after he violates the Prime Directive. But when the psychotic super genius Khan (Cumberbatch, in a brilliant performance) kills Admiral Pike (Greenwood) and dares Starfleet to hunt him down on the Klingon homeworld, Kirk is reinstated and sent by Admiral Marcus (Weller) to get him. But Kirk is set up by Marcus and left to die, forcing him to align with Khan to fight Marcus. But of course, Khan betrays him and shit gets wild. While I will agree the mirrored ending with Kirk's sacrifice instead of Spock's does lose some punch, the film is still a solid action movie and a fun watch.
The reason Spock's sacrifice worked so well in The Wrath of Khan was because fans had watched Leonard Nimoy play Spock for ten years. You believed this crew had lived and died together. The same could not be said for the Kelvin Timeline crew because this was only their second adventure together. But that doesn't hurt the movie for me. It's just too much fun.