Star Trek Into Darkness is the follow up to JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot, with the cast of the film returning – Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban and John Cho with the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch, Alive Eve and Peter Weller. The Enterprises crew starts off on an other worldly adventure and discover a force of mass destruction, arisen from within, threatening peaceful planets and civilization. And the crew, lead by Captain Kirk go on a mission to find the man responsible.
Into Darkness is a fast moving film, thrusting the viewer into the action right away and setting the tone for things to come, it is full of some great action and awesome set pieces and feels like a natural progression for this new Star Trek franchise, with an ever relevant premise – terrorism this time around and issue of morality when it comes to war. The film is definitely darker in tone and feels grittier, though the comedy is still very much there and balances out the darker moments. And as far as the plot goes, Into Darkness really hits the feeling of the times, with its’ set up of one man weapon of mass destruction, a man who can influence others to commit terrorist acts. And the story for the most part was really good, with the Enterprise going on a daring mission to find the man responsible for seemingly random attacks felt like classic Star Trek.
The cast is once again on point and everyone is great to watch as they work together to overcome new obstacles and work their way out of seemingly impossible situations, some well crafted set pieces and thrilling action, seeing the way Spock and Kirk and Uhura figure their way through difficult situations is great to watch, as is a story with a few twists and turns, keeping the audience guessing. Quinto as Spock steps up his game this time around, again nailing it with his flat vocals as Spock but emoting well in more dramatic moments, while Pine is makes for a great headstrong Captain Kirk, with a bit more experience under his belt now and some added responsibility. Though in all everyone is on their A-game and puts in ome great performances.
And While the films eventual reveal of Khan was expected, his inclusion in the story is a big thing for Star Trek and Abrams handles it well enough, Khan is a formidable, menacing villain and Cumberbatch plays him with great poise, you also really get the sense that Spock despises him, displayed believably by Quinto.
JJ Abrams once again crafts an entertaining and fun story with the new Star Trek and it’s once again great to watch visually with some new, bigger space ships, bigger set pieces and ever more destruction with the plot almost feeling like an end game for the crew, though there’s plenty of room for continuation. Star Trek Into Darkness is an interesting and well told sci-fi story, with some iconic JJ Abrams-isms adding to the film and making it a fun watch. Moment in the plot do feel a bit convenient in terms of a few plot points and has a twist that long time Star Trek fans saw from a mile away, Into Darkness doesn’t quite reach the excellent heights of Star Trek ’09 but it’s a good ride nonetheless.
. Well shot film with some great visuals
. Great tension in some points in the plot
. Films’ twist could be seen from a way off