Abrams directs with flair and flares to deliver an old fashioned sci-fi epic as jaw dropping action beats conquer facts and reality.
In this visually stunning 3D bonanza, Pine, Pegg and Urban all hit the right notes with Quinto, in particular, delivering a turn of enduring strength and emotional depth.
The much publicised, delightfully malevolent Cumberbatch thrives on his material, yet he deserves so much more.
It’s not perfect: the additional characters (Weller & Eve) grate with back stories that never truly fit. Plus where the first act astounds, the second and third entertain yet never render you speechless.
TL;DR: Cumberbatch and Quinto steal the show, with the film’s ferocious energy (almost) conquering its faults.
CAST: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin & John Cho.
DIRECTOR: J. J. Abrams
WRITERS: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof
SYNOPSIS: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.