FILM REVIEW: Star Trek Into Darkness (Minor Spoilers)

Will J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness, that took 4 years to arrive, be better than it’s incredible predecessor. Let’s find out. MINOR SPOILERS

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.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

The first thing to note about this film is that it really is dark. Most of the action takes place in space, at night or in dark places. The film is also possibly the darkest  of all the Star Trek films. That does not mean that the film is devoid of joy or hope that we have come to expect from out Trek  but rather this is Abrams Empire Strike’s Back.

We pick up with the crew midway through a mission and immediately feel at home with everyone and settle in for the ride we know is coming. Things quickly take a turn for the worst with a terrorist attack on Starfleet that sets in place a chain of events that propels the film to its violent conclusion.

During the course of the film all the crew get their moment to shine.  Scotty, especially has a great  side-plot that works well and  resonated with me on a personal level. Scotty asks Kirk when they became soldiers as he thought Starfleet was about exploring. This is really Abrams telling the audience that he knows this and acknowledges that this is a dark film. We also find out a little more about Starfleet before earth takes another beating. Part of me hopes the next film features Earth much less as it is getting a bit same old same old now.

All the cast are back in fine form but for me it was really Zachery Qunito who stood out in this film and made me say something I never thought I would ever hear myself say out loud. Which was “Go on Spock. Kick his *&£$ing ass”. I kid you not I actually said this out loud. Pine is as good as ever and the rest of the cast are all comfortable in their roles except Anton Yelchin who really does not bring too much apart from comic relief and even then not so much.
Newcomers Alice Eve and Peter Weller are both on fine form with Weller, displaying a lot of emotions and clearly having some fun in his role. Benedict Cumberbatch and his portrayal of John Harrison is nothing short of brilliant.

Trek fans will love the Easter Eggs and cameo’s sprinkled throughout the film. Star Trek Into Darkness has taken inspiration from both the TV show and the previous films and used them to sow the seeds for the future voyages of the Starship Enterprise. We get to see Klingons and hints at bigger things down the road but also in typical Abrams style he will flip Trek lore on its side and make fans want to scream at the top of their lungs. Is this a bad thing? Well yes and no because it is a whole new universe where anything can happen to anyone because it does not need to follow the path of the original universe.

Abrams has not lost any of his style in terms of directing and the action is fresh and non stop but he really needs to stop with the damn lenses flares because it really is getting annoying now. Also along is his composer Michael Giacchino who, once again, brings his new theme to the movie but also a lot of drama which reflects the tone of the film.

This movie will divide Star Trek fans and that is good because it means we care about our franchise but it is also quite sad because we all know that there really is no way Abrams is back for a third stab at the director’s chair.

Overall a really solid action movie and the darkest Star Trek film yet. Live Long and Prosper.

GS Rating: 4/5

Reporter: Montoya

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