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'Star Trek Into Darkness' explores bigger action, bold character development

The sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 “Trek” reboot has kept fans guessing about possible secret identities for its villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 16, 2013 at 12:13 am •  Published: May 17, 2013

Chris Pine credits director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof with marrying the adrenaline bursts of a huge action movie with the thoughtfulness of a smaller, character-driven story in his second outing as Capt. James T. Kirk in “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

“I think the film takes people on a journey from Point A to Point B, and Kirk is still on his way to Z, let's say. He's still on his way to becoming the captain that we all know him to be,” Pine told The Oklahoman in a phone interview last summer.

“I think the effects and explosions are just as great if not greater in this new installment, but I think it's matched by really strong and really interesting character development.”

It wasn't surprising to hear the star of “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the follow-up to Abrams' successful 2009 “Star Trek” reboot, still speaking in vague terms about the new movie 11 months ago.

What is surprising is how vague the filmmakers and Paramount Pictures have kept the details of such an eagerly awaited sequel, particularly in the age of spoiler alerts, online script leaks and preview-dissecting entertainment blogs.

Even the many trailers, while thrilling, have revealed little more than clips of “Trek” newcomer Alice Eve in her underwear and the requisite fleeing-from-explosions sequences.

Like Pine, Kurtzman only promised in last year's interview that “Star Trek Into Darkness” would be bigger and better than its predecessor.

“What was really kind of fun for all of us on the first movie is that we basically got to show the bridge crew coming together. And I think that the mistake that we didn't want to make in the sequel was assuming that just because they're together they're the finely tuned machine that you fell in love (with) from the original series. They still have a lot of work and a lot of growing to get to that place,” said Kurtzman, who also co-scripted 2009's “Trek” with Orci, his regular writing partner.

“So it's a lot of fun, I think, to watch the characters struggle through a lot of insanely huge challenges. I can certainly speak to the scope of the movie — and as big as the first one was, the second one's even bigger. And the key for all of us was making sure we were holding on to character the whole time. But I think it's gonna be a lot of fun.”

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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