JJ Abrams proves that space travel can still be fun despite it being done to death through various films and over many years. Having rebooted the “Star Trek” franchise, “Star Trek Into Darkness” is proof that director JJ Abrams won’t be losing his touch anytime soon and that science fiction is too good of a make believe life to give up.

Right from the opening sequence, “Star Trek Into Darkness” took our breaths away. Two words: visual stimulation. From the very beginning right till the very end.

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The spectacle in the sequence features Spock (played by Zachary Quinto) trying to defuse an erupting volcano while Captain Kirk (played by Chris Pine) and “Bones” McCoy (played by Karl Urban) running through what appears to be a beautiful red forest – except, they’re being chased by curious looking natives. And no, at this point, nobody dies. Yet.

Let’s not forget how the film is then followed by high-powered special effects, a slick dialogue (props to the scriptwriters), and an ace of a dramatic plot. We love how Spock’s character is so very well developed in this installment of “Star Trek”. Even in his most logical, Vulcan moments, he never fails to entertain. But when he’s not busy being an honest Vulcan, his half-human side seeps out and suddenly, as part of the audience, you feel for him:

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And honestly? Casting Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison was perhaps the best decision that JJ Abrams has ever made in his life! Snarling evil genius, a class above others, ruthless yet defined, John Harrison is the type of villain that your mother would’ve more than once or twice in your life warned you about being friends with. We think of him as the liquid nitrogen type – so beautiful yet scathing.

If you’re deciding on whether or not to watch “Star Trek Into Darkness”, we say save the date because the film will be out in a cinema near you on 16th May 2013. Also, and it’s not like you fans will need any reminding but please do yourself a favour and catch it in IMAX.

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For more information, visit the movie’s official website.

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