Friday, 7 June 2013

'Star Trek Into Darkness' Film Review

Having been unimpressed with the first Star Trek, the trailer for it was definitely more exciting.

Kirk (Chris Pine), now captain of the Enterprise explores an alien planet Nibiru, but breaks protocol in order to save Spock's (Zachary Quinto) life, losing his position. But when a terrorist named Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) destroys the Starfleet archive and kills Pike during a Starfleet meeting, Kirk regains the Enterprise in order to destroy Khan and avenge his mentor, whilst attempting to prevent war with the Klingon race.

Due to the setup having been made in the first movie, the pace was far superior and made for a much more dramatic opening and set a speed which lasted throughout the film. The themes and tones of deceit and manipulation were evident from the beginning and I thought it was placed well, as many new characters were suspicious- who should Kirk trust?

The setting of a future London was quite interesting and visually stunning, but isn't used enough, whilst the space setting was rather claustrophobic as they spend most of their time in the Enterprise and it lacked original visuals- only the opening Nabiru had a true sci fi essence. In this way, it was neither here nor there in terms of creating place.

Some aspects of the action were a little over the top and larger than life, with some quite gruesome violence (implied not shown). This works in some ways for the movie's style, but at times it is just too obvious to be able to handle, especially the cut scenes in the anti-gravity sequence which should have been flawlessly executed.

There are a few shocks and twists towards the end, but are predictably resolved to please fans and to comply with the typical Hollywood style of a happy ending, of which it greatly resembled the last movie and could almost be interchangeable. 

Chris Pine- Kirk
Zachary Quinto- Spock
Zoe Saldana- Uhura
Karl Urban- Bones
Simon Pegg- Scotty
Benedict Cumberbatch- Khan

Also stars John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Alice Eve and Bruce Greenwood.

Chris Pine is less annoying this time around as Kirk and even manages to pull off an emotional scene at the end! Zachary Quinto is fine as Spock but doesn't improve his performance from the previous movie. Zoe Saldana loses a lot of screen time here and is at times overshadowed by Alice Eve.

But the real star of the movie is villain Benedict Cumberbatch who shows a real conviction and enters the movie with style, which is present throughout and is extremely memorable.

'Star Trek Into Darkness' are one of those rare sequels that are better than the first, but arguably this is due to the poor reboot. A greater level of emotion and character development is present in this film with a few good plot twists and suspense, held together by Benedict Cumberbatch with great style.

1 comment:

  1. After seeing this movie, all I can say is that Star Wars is in good hands. Nice review Hiu.


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