Star Trek : Into The Darkness
There have been many directors tackle the Star Trek franchise, but none as successful as JJ Abrams. After his first widely acclaimed spin at helming Sci-Fi’s most beloved universe, it was always going to be a big ask to step up another notch to tackle a second.
And that is exactly what Abrams has done.
Once again we journey back to a re-imagined beginning of Captain James T Kirk and his young crew. The story line follows on closely from the previous Abrams film, with a feel you could watch them back to back almost as one film. We are quite rapidly brought into the action forcing Kirk and his crew to make decisions about life and death, moral judgement and rules of engagement.
Its at this pivotal point Kirk’s legendary character is pushed, tested and ultimately rejected by Star Fleet. But this story is not limited to Kirk, each one of his crew are tested equally and asked to make their stands.
Along side this personal battle is the growing tale of a renegade John Harrison who seems hell bent on creating as much havoc as possible.
There is much to be written about the story line here, but this is one best left for discovery. Its often said that reviewers can spoil films, and with this incarnation of Star Trek it is very true. As the story unfolds classic Star Trek memories are brought back to life one by one. The attention to detail and handling of the franchise is a sight to behold. Many classic trek fans will delight with many of the upfront and background ties to the original TV series. This is a visual and literal masterpiece.
Each key character in this film performed out of their skins. Its hard to pick fault in any of their performances. Spock (played by Zachory Quinto) again discovers the virtues of love, loyalty and friendship, Scotty (played by Simon Pegg) delivers his classic Scottish humor and mannerisms and Kirk (played by Chris Pine) is torn between ambition, regulations and his own personal beliefs. Benedict Cumberbatch was a master stroke of casting. His character really drove the darkest elements of this film and created a villain worthy of Kirk, Spock and all of the crew.
A shout out has to be made to Kiwi lad Karl Urban, not only because he is a local but more importantly because his delivery of Dr McCoy is also sublime.
There is humor, suspense, drama, love, amazing special effects and on the edge of your seat action; Even if you are not a huge Star Trek fan you will enjoy this film immensely.
Much will be spoken about with this movie in the Star Trek forums. Its quite possible a few hard core Trekkies will find fault with the story line, even a few will possibly nit pick enough to dislike it. It would however be very hard not to describe this film as one of Star Trek’s great cinema outings. It relives the classics, stays true to the characters portrayed and visually delivers something that definitely looks Star Fleet circa 2259.
Rating: M: Violence.