When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man w...more
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. less
“Star Trek Into Darkness starts off with a bang and keeps you hooked with its fast paced, adrenaline laden action, great plot and a brilliant villain. Complete with breath taking visuals, this is the perfect sequel and a definite must watch.”
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The title might contain the moniker ‘Into Darkness’ but Abrams has infused this space yarn with all the light, fun breeziness that his 2009 reboot of ‘Star Trek’ had oodles of. There are more wink-wink moments littered through the space debris than any actual hint of the socio-political themes that defined the original series. It’s quite ironic that with the competing franchises ‘Star Wars’ & ‘Star Trek’, that the original movies in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise were pure adrenaline fuelled space adventures and the prequel trilogy was more of a political analogy for the times that the movies were made in; while the original ‘Star Trek’ movies incorporated political-religious-philosophical themes into their plots but the rebooted ones are akin to the ‘Star Wars’ of the old, adrenaline fuelled space action yarns. It’s no surprise then that the man helming these has been handed the keys to a “galaxy, far, far away...”
After a breathtaking opening sequence that pits Spocks’s logical versus Kirk’s emotion on a planet about to be consumed by a volcano, the Enterprise and it’s crew are sent on an intergalactic manhunt after the mysterious, ex-Starfleet officer, John Harrison ( Benedict Cumberbatch) who’s responsible for a bunch of acts of terrorism on Earth. They crew has to fly deep into Klingon territory to the planet Kronos to “assassinate” Harrison and the Klingons aren’t exactly the most accommodating of types. Harrison however might have more than a few tricks up his sleeve and might not be the only one in on this conspiracy.
The movie does throw up moral dilemmas but they are superfluous and barely explored beyond the obligatory argument between logic and human emotion. However Abrams has filled his movie with such wonderful actors that when the emotional punch has to strike, it hits you in the gut harder than expected and more so for old trek fans.
The pacing of the movie is relentless and barely gives you a chance to catch your breath but it could have done with more character and plot development. Uhura (Saldana) and Spock do get a few moments together but it would have been nicer to develop their relationship to something more genuine rather than the token exchange of love.
Abram’s revamped the visual style for ‘Star Trek’ with the first movie and he maintains that lens-flare laden look that’s eye-popping and jarring at the same time. But it does compliment the action well and looks great in 3D. The action sequences too are quite the sight to behold and nearly each one of them tries to top the other.
Benedict Cumberbatch makes for one of the finest villains that the series has ever seen and he’s more than a worthy adversary for both Spock and Kirk. It’s just those eyes and voice that make him someone you can’t take your eyes off when onscreen. Pine continues the good work he started off with the first movie and Quinto has truly made Spock his own character, though his Spock still has far more emotions than Nimoy’s ever did; is it the way the character is written or is Quinto a better actor?
This is a highly enjoyable space yarn filled with a great villain and some great action sequences. It will divide Star Trek fans on certain points but for those who picked up the series from the last movie, this is the perfect sequel.