J.J.Abrams enjoyed great success in 2009 rebooting the Star Trek franchise to produce a cinematic experience which managed to please both traditional Trekkies and new fans alike. After the inclusion of lots of Asian actors we really felt the need to bring coverage front and center. The film’s premise revolves around Captain Kirk, expertly played by Chris Pine who seems to flawlessly ooze the required arrogance required for the role, pursuing a fugitive across the galaxy, only to discover there are greater forces at work than simply the terrorism or a madman. As the plot unfolds, the safety of Kirk’s crew, or his ‘family’ as he values them, are continuously threatened and endangered, although this primarily comes from treachery within the hierarchy of the federation, as opposed to Cumberbatch’s menacing villain. When Abrams introduced us to his interpretation of the Trek universe, the element of time travel was essential to the first movie’s plot, producing some confusion amongst an otherwise enjoyable storyline.
‘Into Darkness’ places far less emphasis on the time travel aspect. Fan or not, you are going to love this. Because it wouldn’t confuse the ignorants of the back ground either, since it stands as an independent film where characters and scenes have been explained exactly enough to not overdo, keeping the pace on. Even with the unexpected twists, one as an audience would always know where the outline is headed, which can make it dull. But what clearly over-shadows such shortcomings are the various layers. Just when you think it’s all going to be capturing or fighting off John Harrison, you come across the Marcus shade, after that the Harrison betrayal and then the retaining of cryo-pods. Still not to assume it’s over, it has an enjoyable chase sequence between Spock and Harrison where at the end Spock’s asked to keep him alive to use his blood as a cure.
As originally stated the film does move at an exhilarating pace moving the story along, keeping the adrenaline high, and providing plenty of entertaining action. One of the best things about ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is the perfect balance it strikes between being one for the fans and also a film that newcomers can readily enjoy. For the Trekkers, there are clever and often funny nods to the franchise (Tribbles! Gorns! Red Shirts!), but for people who’ve never seen anything Trek-related before, this is just as accessible – “The aim was to make a movie that could stand on its own terms”, Abrams outlined. This is a non-stop thrill-ride of a movie with three-dimensional characters, humour, rug-pulls, heart and plenty of lens flare.
In comparison to its precursor, Into Darkness doesn’t pull off the slick ride of Star Trek. There’s a lot of good stuff here, and the film manages to make even a darkly lit hangar look beautiful. It’s just Abrams’ decision to try and pay homage to a bygone age which has not quite worked as smoothly as last time round. Secrets are revealed, relationships are broken and tough choices are made to walk the thin line between good and evil. Thus making it into a racy cinematic experience which maintains its pace throughout the 133 minutes keeping you hooked to your seats all the time. It’s a movie nobody should miss irrespective of whether you have seen any of the Star Trek movies before. Watch it you won’t get bored even for a minute.