Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness

Into Darknes

First of all…This is not a pure Star Trek review!! This post is more about me rambling on about Benny than about Star Trek because this is the first time I got to see him in the big screen *swoon*

Out of all the actors I like, I think there are ONLY two actors that I admire for both their talent and their look, although not in the same level, they are, OF COURSE, Cillian Murphy and then Benedict Cumberbatch.

I like a lot of actors but not in the same way as these two. Take example of Sharlto Copley, I will watch every movie he is in it BUT he is hardly the type that makes me want to bite my fingers because he is too good looking. I also like Christian Bale with his amazing acting ability but he is also not going to make me gaga over his look. And then there is Keanu reeves, love seeing him but not the way he acts. What I am trying to say is, Both Cillian and Benny are the only actors that can mesmerized me with their acting ability and also their charming persona…However, Benny is still way behind my dearest Cillian 😉 (Sorry Ben, that Irishman is difficult to replace)

Benny has amazed me in Sherlock. And when I started collecting ALL his TV shows and Movies, he amazed me even more. I love his performance as young Stephen Hawking and he was so believable as British youngest prime minister in Amazing Grace and the annoying self conscious geek in Starter for 10. I guess all Benny’s fans should always be grateful to the people who had cast him as Sherlock because that show has shown us a hidden gem.

First, let’s talk about Star Trek Into Darkness

This movie is the first movie I saw in cinema in 2013! It seems that I have lost interest with mot movies that come out this year. I know, something is clearly wrong with me and my movie taste 😉

I used to watch Star Trek series in my younger years, I quite like it. However, when the first movie came out, I had no interest to see it…and when the talk of the second movie came out, I was still not interested…BUT when they picked Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain, I was more than ready to match myself to the cinema.

I watched it yesterday without ANY expectation (if the movie is good I get a bonus but if it isn’t, well the plan was after all to see Benny).

The movie was quite enjoyable…it’s been a while since I saw movie with interesting special effect. It started with something that caused Captain Kirk being released from his command on USS Enterprise. Meanwhile, the archive building of Starfleet was being blown away by a man named John Harrison. This bombing was the beginning of it all. John Harrison became most wanted terrorist but he had his reasons.

What Benny said about his character was so right! “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”

I think saying more than that will create spoiler, so I am going to stop there and will talk more about my reaction upon seeing it.

First, the fangirling part 😉 When I heard a voice saying “I can save her” I instantly changed my sitting position by moving a bit closer to the screen…but it was only his voice…and then when He finally showed up, I wanted to shout “That’s him!!” He looked STUNNING (Just look at the picture below and tell me he is not stunning?) I always like him more in black hair than his real hair color. I literally bit my finger to stop me from screaming. Seeing his face in that big screen and hearing his sexy voice from the loud speaker…heavenly!! The more he appeared the more amazing he became. It was like the first time I saw Keanu as Neo…totally mesmerizing!! Plus he kept his accent…I love his accent!

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Now, it’s time to talk about his performance!

He was brilliant!!! He was once again transformed to a new character he had never done before. I have seen him as the annoying smart man, the wise sweet talk Prime minister, the man who slowly became cripple, the annoying geek, the patience writer…and now he became the bad ass villain. He was so evil in Star Trek. He could easily make us believed in everything he said and then hated his gut afterward. The way he spoke with perfect punctuation made him more persuasive.  I know this might sound bias, but I honestly think that he made the movie better with his acting/performance.

How about the other actors?

I had my eyes on Spock (Zachary Quinto), I like the way he was portrayed there. I think Quinto Had delivered Spock really well. Spock who usually didn’t show any emotion started to crumble in the right manner, he didn’t overdo it. His love relationship with another officer was so sweet. I can easily say that he is my second favorite in Star Trek Into darkness.

And then there was Simon Pegg 🙂 What a treat to see him there. Glad to see he had an important role in this movie. I was a bit disappointed when he left the spaceship, fortunately he was still useful.

About the Captain, I am sorry I really can’t like him! He is just TOO cliché. A man destined to be someone great but now he was still reckless, a playboy and thought that he could beat anyone…in other word, I have seen this kind of character more than 100 times. I like his older version (William Shatner) in the series more.

Spock and Kirk

The conclusion is I quite enjoy the movie, it was a good bonus (unlike when I watched In Time).

My rate for the movie is 3,5 stars because it kept me glued even without Benny in it and the fact that we couldn’t really figure out Khan’s character straight away. But I gave a huge 5 stars for Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as John Harrison.

Movie Detail:

Director: J. J. Abrams
Producers: J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, John Cho, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Peter Weller, Anton Yelchin

Read Better reviews at Tim’s Film Review and Flixchatter.

I love to see MORE Benny on big screen 🙂

Have you seen the movie? What do you think of it and of Benny?


  1. Well we have Benedict Fan in the house or shall I say Benny 😀

    Not a bad start for your cinema experience in 2013, I had to go through January to march of terrible films. This was a sharp and smart film, both intelligent and fun for a summer blockbuster experience 😀

    Good review and thanks for the link drop 😀

    1. I am a huge Cumberbitchperson (Benny said his fanbase name is embarrassing so I like using what he said as Cumberpeople). I think the name Benny is so cute and fits him 😉

      Well, I am very picky…if I am not sure I am going to like the movie, I tend to avoid seeing it in cinema and watch it later on DVD. I am happy that Star Trek turned out to be a good entertainment and as you said it intelligent.

      Good review? are you sure? hehehehe it’s too Benny-ish and less Star trek-ish…that’s why after reading your review, I feel like I have to link it 😉

  2. Really looking forward to checking this out at the theater this weekend.

    I don’t blame you for thinking most of the films released this year are not worth watching.

    If you get a chance The Place Beyond the Pines and Spring Breakers were the two best films I have seen so far this year.

    1. Looking forward to read your thought on the movie 🙂

      Yeah I don’t like superheroes movies anymore no matter how great the movies are…they are just movie I will watch in TV (unless my fav actors are in it)…and lately, there too many of them.

      I have never heard of those movies before…I assume they were not in blockbuster category because most movies that got to be played here were blockbuster.

      I will check imdb later and if the summary is good, I will wait for the DVD 🙂

  3. My husband loveees star trek, especially the one with captain picard. He tried to convinced me to watch this movie together by showing me the trailer. But, I don’t really like action movie unless there is a bit drama/thriller in it. Should I watch it?

    1. I think the movie is full action…no thriller at all.
      I say watch it 😉 at least just to see how wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch is 😉

  4. Oh dear, I’m not familiar with Benny. I probably shouldn’t say that. But now that you have brought him to my attention I will watch some of his movies. I do love your enthusiasm and how you inspire me to watch.

    1. Oh my…does this mean you haven’t seen Sherlock??? Oh my, you are missing A LOT!
      Benedict’s Sherlock is the Sherlock I imagined every time I read the book…and That’s why I become a fan. His personification of Sherlock is PERFECT.
      I can’t wait for the third season to start.

      Like Cillian, Benny is sort of underrated (me and my love toward underrated actors) but I am glad he’s gaining attention more each year.

  5. In my personal opinion, I’d prefer the 1st rebook (2009) than this one, I just think that the story and characterization are better executed.. EXCEPT of course for Benedict’s character ❤ ❤ *fangirl alert*

    When I heard the voice… "I can save her.." my friend and I leaned to the screen and when Benny's face showed up, we put our hands to our cheeks and literally squealed : "Beeennn… " XD The guy sitting next to me gave us this odd look but we didn't care.. and bless him, because we did the same everytime Ben's face showed up.

    Bless JJ Abrams for all the close ups of Ben's faces and I gotta say he really utilized Ben's amazing voice in this movie. Ben's acting was great, he looked great and he sounded great XD XD

    OK, this is clearly not a review of the movie but basically just me fangirling over Ben, haha.. (sorry not sorry :D)

    PS: I'm not a fan of Cillian Murphy, but I LOVE Keanu Reeves and Christian Bale.. :))))

    1. I haven’t seen the first one yet and will see it if the TV shows it.

      Huahahaha just like me, that ‘I can save her’ is such a earporn, what a way to grab the attention if his fans. I watched it alone because my friends couldn’t match the schedule with me, so I kept the awing moment to myself.

      You know…I am starting to believe that I AM THE ONLY Cillian’s fan in Indonesia 😉 too bad not many know how great his acting ability is.

      1. I only watched Batman Begins, Red Eye and Inception, so.. well.. I don’t know much about him. I do notice though, that he has amazing eyes XD Perhaps I should check on some of his movies.. 😉

        1. His blockbuster movies don’t show his real talent. Out of those movies, only Red Eye shows his talent. His American Accent is awesome even though in real life he has thick Cork Accent.
          His real talent can be seen in his Irish or Independent movies…and not many have seen that, so no surprise he doesn’t many fans here 😉

          Oh…don’t start talking about his eyes! I would melt if he ever look at me with those eyes 😉

          1. I don’t know much about Star Trek, I watched the series but it was more like because it was the only thing to watch. I am SO NOT a trekkie 😉

          2. I like bits and pieces. I don’t like the Will Shatner version of Kirk at all. Smarmy. I loved Second Generation with Jean Luc Picard. About half an half on the movies.

  6. Thanks for the link love, Nov. LOVE this post, and I must admit I was swooning over him the first time he appeared at the hospital. Sooo hunky in all black 😉

    I was wondering where Benny stand w/ Cillian well, you answered it here “Benny is still way behind my dearest Cillian” I agree both are charismatic and super talented!!

    1. You’re welcome 🙂
      I couldn’t make a fair review because it’s my first time seeinh him on big screen…so I leave the real review to other bloggers, like you and Tim 😉

      Hahaha it’s a bit difficult for ANY actor to push Cillian away….but Benny is the closest compared to others 😉

  7. Love the movie too, mbak! 🙂

    First because of the jokes, second because the actors. 😀

    Quite surprise to watch Cumberbatch in a movie, since the only tv series of him that I watch was only Sherlock. He was great there, thought. Rather like Cumberbatch’s Sherlock than Downey’s, to be honest. 😉

    1. Ah…long time no see Nadia 🙂

      I wasn’t surprised because he was the reason I watched the movie 😉
      Same here…I love Benedict’s Sherlock way more than RDJ although I haven’t seen the movie, seeing it from the trailer already put me off.

  8. I wasn’t even going to watch the movie but your review has piqued my curiosity. I didn’t know Cumberbatch was in it. It’s a perfect role for him, I’d say.

    1. I do think it’s a good movie…tho I am not going to say it’s a great film, but good enough to watch.

      The role is perfect for him and I wish he’ll play more action in the future 🙂

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