Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones) & Benedict Cumberbatch (John Harrison)
Synopsis: “After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.”
Star Trek Into Darkness is a relentless summer blockbuster that sets the pace early on and never lets up until the end. I have many thoughts and words floating around in my head all willing to try to describe this movie, but simply put, it’s freaking brilliant.
Star Trek was never really something I was into when I was younger. I caught the odd episode on BBC 2 and was familiar with some of its characters and such like, as are a lot of people of a certain age (no laughing) but that lack of exposure to the overall product didn’t stop me being hugely excited to see the franchise resurrected on the big screen back in 2009.
2009 seems like a long time ago now, and has thusly seemed like a massive wait for a sequel. Most films knock a film out every two years, some even every year, but time was taken with this sequel and we should be grateful for that.
Director J.J. Abrams has managed to do something, for me, that is rare these days and create a summer blockbuster that not only meets but exceeds my expectations. I feel this is partly down to a clever marketing campaign and a government style secrecy surrounding the making of this movie. Kudos must go to all concerned for not giving too much away in the trailers.
The story line for Into Darkness is fairly simple. Cumberbatch’s bad guy concocts an attack on Star Fleet and they respond by sending Kirk & the crew of The Enterprise on a mission to apprehend him. This, of course, doesn’t go to plan (don’t be surprised, plan A never works in the movies). A few twists and turns ensue and before you know it you are on the edge of your seat, tapping your foot and having to dry off your sweaty palms (or was that just me?) due to the amount of tension in this film.
With the sheer amount of characters on display in this movie, some people may have been worried about characters not getting enough screen time, those people needn’t have worried. Despite the fact this movie clearly revolves around the relationship between Kirk and Spock, the many supporting characters all get their moment in the spotlight.
Simon Pegg’s Scotty seems to get a lot more screen time than any other member of the supporting cast. Karl Urban’s Bones is a constant delight, and despite having less on-screen time than he did in the first movie, John Cho fully embodies Sulu’s no-nonsense & utter badass nature when he briefly gets the Captains chair.
It would be remiss of me not to give a brief mention to Benedict Cumberbatch and his role in this movie. As a villain he is powerful, committed to his beliefs and he is also oddly charming at times. It is slightly unnerving to see him portray the villain so well, especially after being used to him playing Sherlock in the BBC tv drama. Full credit to the man though, he has shown a full range of skills lately and is surely odds on to play a Bond villain in the near future.
So yes, I did absolutely love Star Trek Into Darkness. Maybe even as much as I loved Iron Man 3, which I thought after seeing it wouldn’t be topped this year. I actually have a strong desire to go and watch both these movies again while they are still at the cinema.
Star Trek Into Darkness is a summer blockbuster at its finest. An excellent white knuckle roller coaster with enough tension, emotion and character in it to fill two movies let alone one. Here’s hoping part 3 is just as good.