The follow-up to the Star Trek film reboot, Star Trek Into Darkness doesn't quite measure up to its predecessor. But thanks to a stellar performance and tight storytelling, this film is still in rarefied air.
Ironically, it's the antagonist character and performance that anchors the film. Benedict Cumberbatch simply steals the show as the main baddie, John Harrison. Like Frankenstein's monster, he was initially commissioned by Starfleet Admiral Marcus (Robocop's Petter Weller) to be a secret weapon in a possible war, but instead went rogue. It is up to the crew of Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) to catpure and neutralize Harrison.
Hats off to director J.J. Abrams for making this the film more than a simple "Chase the Bad Guy" exercise and adding a lot of dimension to the film. The main characters are given ample depth and the visuals are great. The whole Kirk-Spock (Zachary Quinto) dynamic takes on a new level and for me, it's not the strongest suit of the movie.
Bro-mance aside, the film is a true summer action-sci-fi must see. Star Trek Into Darkness should be in everyone's to-see list.