The Whoa! Awesome! greetings that were showered on J J Abrams’ 2009 reboot of the Star Trek series, slightly lose their glitter with Star Trek Into Darkness. But having said that, this film is almost as enjoyable as its predecessor (sans the utmost urgency the latter offered) , with a simple tale of revenge told against a glorious backdrop.

The Enterprise beams Spock (Zachary Quinto) into the blazing heart of the volcano to put it out, otherwise the whole planet Nibiru will be doomed. Spock’s in a trouble, and the hotheaded Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) violates the Prime Directive to save his friend’s life, and for this breach in protocol he’s relieved of his duties. Enter the badass villain John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) who destroys London’s towering skyline, and Kirk’s skills are called for again to put down this evil SOB.

Balancing both drama and action, this is one script that not only offers cool Sci-Fi, but also pops question on the values of morality, loyalty and friendship. As usual, it’s the Kirk and Spock verbal-volley bromance that forms the heart and soul of STID, with their squabbling chemistry translating into some of the best scenes in the film. And just as every other movie in recent times, it’s the smarty-pants villain here that licks the maximum cream off the cake. This is Benedict Cumberbatch’s film, out an out.

Watch this film for some amazing set pieces and the director’s genius in camera usage.