Release Date: May 17
Director: J.J. Abrams
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise tangle with a seriously off-the-reservation Starfleet officer who is waging a solo tour of galactic damage, starting with Earth.
What We Know:
Having settled into the captain's chair comfortably, James Kirk (Chris Pine) may have let success get to his head. (You try being humble when you're in charge of the Federation's flagship and have bedded exotic women of all shapes, colors, and anatomical makeups across the galaxy.) However, Captain Ego is about to meet Captain Pissed-Off, when a former Starfleet officer, known to us only as "John Harrison" (Benedict Cumberbatch) has somehow become a one-man weapon of mass destruction and does some serious damage back home on Earth.
Apparently lacking the proper resources and personnel to deal with this crisis back at the Federation's home territory, Kirk and the Enterprise head back the Terran System's blue pearl for a showdown with the man who could be generously described as the most disgruntled employee...EVER. The battle will turn psychological and personal real quick as close relationships are put through a trying crucible devised by the hot-tempered Harrison that won't be solved by Corbomite Maneuvers and time-traveling humpback whales.
Crew members, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, and Simon Pegg are all back.
What We Expect:
With J.J. Abrams and company being notoriously tight-lipped on plot details, expectations for Into Darkness remain somewhat open. On one hand, it feels like a film in which Kirk's character arc is examined through the course of the actions of John Harrison, whose path may parallel his own in certain ways.
However, Benedict Cumberbatch has teased that his Harrison character is not necessarily evil, but rather, is a man traumatized by events of injustice who has been compelled to use violent, repugnant means towards what might be seen as a noble cause. While it's doubtful that the film will have you rooting for him, the character, nevertheless could end up becoming a more layered and tragic figure than we've seen in the new Trek canon. -- Plus, fans still anticipate a swerve regarding his true identity.
Amidst Harrison's mortal drama, the crew of the Enterprise will certainly bring back their own brand of romantic drama which has made this new Star Trek series accessible for non-sci-fi fans. The romance between Spock and Uhura will clearly be put to the test. Plus, the arrival of Kirk's would-be baby mama, Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) will certainly stir things up, possibly leading to a "Project Genesis" of their own back in the bedroom while the world is being annihilated.
For more info on Star Trek Into Darkness, check out the official site.
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