Film Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is a hugely enjoyable blockbuster that should satisfy the most casual viewers to the die-hard fans of the franchise.

When a rogue Starfleet agent causes mass destruction, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are tasked with capturing him. Their mission takes them to dangerous enemy territory…

The reason that Star Trek Into Darkness works so well is that it ticks all the boxes in terms of action adventure, science fiction and comedy. Given how well received 2009’s Star Trek was, Into Darkness had rather a lot to live up to. J.J. Abrams’ sequel certainly meets expectations.

Star Trek Into Darkness is even more enjoyable than its predecessor.  Star Trek was very entertaining, so this signals the calibre of this sequel. This is mostly due to the fact that the origins tale has already been covered; Into Darkness can jump straight into the action. There is of course character and relationship development in the film. However,  the narrative feels more enticing in this instalment.

Pacing in the film is solid; there is never really a dip in momentum despite the two-hour plus run time. There are a few moments in the film that are a bit predictable, but Into Darkness is so well executed that it is hard to mind these.

There are numerous nods to earlier Star Trek films; no doubt these will be appreciated by fans. Michael Giacchino’s score definitely gives Into Darkness that epic blockbuster feel. In 3D, some of the foreground appears blurry, particularly near the beginning of the film. There is also a shot that seems so overly gratuitous it almost seems as if the filmmakers kept it in to make viewers roll their eyes. Nonetheless, these are only minor blemishes in what is a superb blockbuster.

Performances are strong throughout Into Darkness. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto display good chemistry in their turbulent friendship, while Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic as the rogue agent.

Star Trek Into Darkness is simply great fun, and currently the blockbuster to beat this summer.

Stuff to Look At

A catch up of all the trailers you may have missed for the Easter weekend…

The Big Wedding

Robert De Niro heads an all star cast in comedy The Big Wedding. I wish Robert De Niro was still making films with Martin Scorsese, but there you go. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, and Katherine Heigl, who surely cemented this role in her pact with the devil. The Big Wedding is released in UK cinemas on 29th May 2013.

Oblivion

Above is a featurette on upcoming movie Oblivion. Starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko and Melissa Leo, Oblivion is a future-set science fiction film from the director of Tron: Legacy. Oblivion is out in cinemas on 10th April 2013.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness looks very promising. J.J. Abrams’ 2009 update of Star Trek was a great sci-fi action romp, and Into Darkness seems to be following the same path. Starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek Into Darkness hits UK screens on 9th May 2013.

World War Z

Brad Pitt stars in apocalyptic extravaganza World War Z. Based on the novel by Max Brooks, Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a UN employee trying to ascertain the cause of a pandemic which is threatening the world. World War Z is released in UK cinemas on 21st June 2013.

Despicable Me 2

Gru is back! But perhaps more importantly, Agnes is back! From the above trailer, Despicable Me 2 appears to have a sound plot. It also features a host of talent, including Steve Carell, Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig and Steve Coogan. Despicable Me 2 is due for release on 28th June 2013.

Kick-Ass 2

Hit Girl is now a fully-fledged teen! Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz return for Kick Ass 2. The sequel, which also stars Jim Carrey, is released on UK screens on 19th July 2013.