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“Star Trek into Darkness” stars Chris Pine as Captain Kirk as he once again boards the Starship Enterprise.

There are several things that the new Star Trek movies have going for them, namely a director like J.J. Abrams, who maintains the spirit of the series all while giving it a high tech update. It’s also blessed with a stellar cast. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto manage to breathe refreshing new life into Captain Kirk and Spock while still staying true to the original characters. Simon Pegg threatens to steal the whole show as Scotty though.

Every moment that you have these guys bantering is pure magic, but here’s the problem. So much of “Star Trek into Darkness” centers around overblown action sequences that the characters get lost in it. I understand Abrams’ desire to amp up the action, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of the story.

We are also introduced to a dangerous new villain, John Harrison. He is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, who is the wonderful dichotomy of baby face and thundering voice. He could give Liam Neeson a run for his money.

Cumberbatch is fantastic to watch, but everything about him feels familiar. In fact, most of this storyline is familiar. Sure, there are twists and turns and of course the “SURPRISE! Look who just turned up!”

But it ends up feeling like the same old thing. Fans of the franchise will be excited to see how this story unfolds but I’m afraid I still have to give “Star Trek into Darkness” a C+. The Enterprise might be seeking out new life & civilizations, but man has certainly seen this territory before.

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