Updated: Nov 11, 2019
Nominee #19 - Star Trek into Darkness (2013)
Benedict Cumberbatch is Khan. If that isn’t good enough reason to watch Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), there are several others - great action, characters we’ve grown to love, tension between Kirk and Spock and some witty lines from Scotty.
Go back to the original series many of us grew up on and Khan was one of our favourite villains. To see Khan brought to life in menacing style by Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the highlights of the movie.
In one sense you could challenge whether Star Trek is an Aliens movie but with the Klingons there, it ticks the box. And well Spock is Half-vulcan isn’t he? The plot is not entirely earth shaking but it gives us the characters a good canvas. Great opening scene at the Planet Niburi and Kirk disregards a prime directive to save Spock. Back on Earth he is demoted but before he can dwell too much on it Agent Harrison ( later revealed as Khan) kicks off some great action and soon the Enterprise is on it’s next mission.
One of the best parts of the movie is the conflict and friendship theme between Spock and Kirk.
Director J J Abrams gives us what he is good at- some great action and effects - the one where Khan decimates the Klingons is really special; some high suspense sequences - Kirk and Khan hurtling towards the USS Vengeance; and the final chase and fight between Khan and Spock after the ship crashlands on Earth. One of the best parts of the movie is the conflict and friendship theme between Spock and Kirk. Their loyalty to each other, their wanting to do the right thing at all times - though they sometimes disagree on what the right thing is - gives the movie it's soul. The final fight for his friend underlines how the friendship always triumphs over the conflict.
Chris Pine as the brave but brash Captain Kirk fits the role. We all thought that there could never be another Leonard Nimoy to do Spock but Zachary Quinto has done an admirable job to make the character his own. Zoe Saldana is more than eye candy. But the stand out character of the movie has got to be Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Khan with that combination of finesse and menace so you can’t decide whether to hate Khan or like him. Simon Pegg gives us some comic relief. Karl Urban is all Bones and both Bruce Greenwood as Pike and Peter Weller as Marcus give their roles gravitas. This was also the last time our favorite original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, appeared on screen.
Fans were divided - some liked the movie and some hated it but none of them ignored it. Appropriately this became the highest grossing of the Star Trek movies.