Before we start the review, I have to admit that I’m not a Trekkie. I do enjoy sci-fi movies but I never watched the original TV show when it was on and I’m catching up now with the new movies, so if I miss out on crucial points that relates to the TV show, please feel free to let me know in the comments okay?
Star Trek Into Darkness is the 12th instalment in the Star Trek film franchise and it is the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek. The movie is directed by J.J. Abrams and the screenplay was written by Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Star Trek Into Darkness incorporates all the action scenes, special effects and humor necessary for a huge blockbuster, but the focus always stays squarely on the beloved characters: Captain / Commander James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto), Dr Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban), Commander Montgomery “Scotty” Scott (Simon Pegg), Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (Johan Cho), Ensign Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin) and Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldanha).
The movie starts with an action-packed scene where Kirk abandons all rules and regulations to save his friend Spock from a fiery death inside a volcano. This unauthorised action brings Kirk in deep trouble with his superiors and the control of the Enterprise is handed over to Admiral Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood) while Kirk is allowed to stay on as the first officer, rather than being sent back to Starfleet Academy. Meantime, a secret Section 31 installation in London is bombed by a renegade Starfleet officer Commander John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). He also attacks a meeting of Starfleet Commanders and he escapes to the one place he knows Starfleet won’t be able to follow him into – Kronos, home of the Klingons. Determined to avenge his friend Pike, Kirk takes command of the Enterprise and sets off on a journey into the heart of the enemy, with loads of twists and turns ahead.
The film is filled to the brim with awesome special effects and action scenes and the actors play off on each other brilliantly. Cumberbatch shines as the villain in the movie and you can see that the actors are finally “becoming” their characters. The best moments in the movie for me, was when the tender human moments and how they are building the relationships – Kirk and Spock, Spock and Uhura, Scotty and the warp core. The film places all of them in peril, forcing them to rescue each other. The bonds of a lifelong friendship and wholehearted commitment (and a long line of potential sequels) to one another are forged.
On the down side, it’s when the film focuses on those characters that are not part of the Enterprise crew, that you see the flaws. The villain is a bit TOO superhuman and the Klingons are defeated very easily in battle. But these flaws are forgotten when you look at the Enterprise and its wide array of gadgets and shiny thingies. And contrary to the original TV show, Spock gets proper shine time during the course of the movie.
It’s a huge, action filled sci-fi movie and if you are a lover of movies set in space and the future you will love Star Trek Into Darkness. I really enjoyed it and my son (who is a huge Star Wars fan) also enjoyed the movie so I can recommend it as a movie the whole family can watch.