Was it a fluke? JJ Abrams' 2009 reboot of Star Trek? Could he recreate the same magic in a bigger universe, in 3D?
Thankfully no it wasn't and yes he could. Into Darkness is one of the best films of the year. Great story, script, pacing, effects, score, set pieces, throwbacks and forwards to classic Trek. Another home run for Bad Robot.
No spoilers here, but the story will keep fans of the 80s films happy, convert even hardcore Trek loathers (like my wife
) and never feels tired or hackneyed.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and Benedict Cumberbatch are all on top form, while Karl Urban delivers another great performance as Bones.
See it. It'll leave you beaming.