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Director : JJ Abrams
Year Of Release : 2013
Principal Cast : Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Noel Clarke.
Approx Running Time : 133 Minutes
Synopsis: A rogue Starfleet agent must be brought to justice by Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise.
What we think : Action-packed sequel to 2009′s Star Trek doesn’t quite go boldly where no-one has gone before; Into Darkness spends a lot of time cribbing from the franchise’s pre-reboot history, a factor which ultimately makes this entire film ring somewhat hollow. Some of the plot and logic doesn’t make sense, Abrams seems reluctant to really pull the trigger on pushing the boundaries at times, and occasionally the film strays into overly silly confrontational moments that have little-to-no payoff. And there’s two crucial problems with the film that, while not ruining the experience for me, made me ponder whether Abrams is the right man to take Star Wars forward. Still, the action’s awesome, the film moves at a breakneck pace, and the visual effects will delight even the most cynical – but there’s too many nods to the fans in this one that overwhelmed any creativity I might have enjoyed.
To Boldly Retread A Legendary Story.
When the planet Vulcan was destroyed in 2009′s Star Trek, JJ Abrams set the bar for what he was prepared to do to make his revised Trekiverse different from the previous thirty years of the franchise. He wasn’t afraid to shake things up, it seemed. It’s a pity, then, that the shaking up of the Trek universe seems to have stopped with that installment, because Into Darkness doesn’t seem to want to shake things up at all. Oh sure, it looks flashy, and superficially does some narrative barn-dancing, but Into Darkness has a number of crucial errors that stop it being as brazen, as daring, as outright arrogant as the ’09 film was. They’re heavily spoilery, so with that in mind, I’ll be dishing out this review’s official spoiler warning when you need to stop reading – especially if you haven’t seen the film, and actually want to.
Driving lessons weren’t going quite to plan….
For those seeking a non-spoiler review, let me say this as plainly as possible. Into Darkness is as commercially swish, sharply filmed, glitteringly entertaining and, at times, jaw dropping, as its immediate predecessor. JJ Abrams taps into the zeitgeist once again with his alternative timeline Trek delivering all the explosive excitement, heart-pounding action sequences and superficially exciting narrative moments you could ask for. While I’d say it’s not really as good a film as Star Trek was back in ’09, Into Darkness takes us on yet another journey into the heart of space where danger lurks around every corner, and shadows aren’t always as accommodating as they appear to be. The film’s cracking pace, the hip-savvy dialogue and refusal to buckle to Trek conventions make Into Darkness one of the most approachable Trek films to date, and as far as sequels go it’s definitely as entertaining as the previous film – a film which retooled the ailing franchise for the millennial generation. This doesn’t mean it’s a perfect film – more on this down below – but as far as sheer popcorn-schnuffling enjoyment goes, they don’t come much bigger, badder and thrilling than Star Trek Into Darkness. And it’s definitely a film worth seeing on the Big Screen.
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