Star Trek Into Darkness, 2013, USA
Star Trek Into Darkness is, without a doubt, the best film of the year so far. It’s fun, thrilling and features some truly great moments between members of its incredibly talented cast. J.J. Abrams did an awesome job directing it and replicating the success of its 2009 predecessor.
After an attack on Starfleet in London, it is determined that John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), a former Starfleet member, is responsible. Admiral Alexander Marcus (Peter Weller) sends Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and his First Officer, Spock (Zachary Quinto) out to get justice on behalf of those who were murdered. Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew quickly realize that they are very much in over their heads. What must be done to defeat John Harrison?
I’m repeating the advice that I seem to be giving a lot these days: go in blind. I wanted to know as little as possible about the film, but, I did manage to have one of the surprises spoiled for me. One of the downsides of social media, I suppose. Luckily, it was a very minor spoiler, but do what you can to see it as Abrams intended: knowing as little as possible.
While the film did technically open on the 16th, I saw it on the 17th, and it felt like opening night. The IMAX theatre was full, and the audience cheered and clapped at certain moments during the film. I love going to films on opening night because of the pure enthusiasm involved. There’s always a great energy in the theatre.
Star Trek Into Darkness is certainly darker than its predecessor (as evidenced by the title), but the humour that made the last film so delightful is retained. There are many moments that are uproariously funny. The cast has such great chemistry and play so well off each other – especially Pine and Quinto. I loved the way the film explored their friendship. Cumberbatch was brilliant in his role. He’s charismatic, bonechillingly cold and menacing. He was perfectly casted. I’ve been aware of his talent as an actor for a number of years now, so I was thrilled to see him in this film.
I saw the film in 3D, but actually completely forgot that it was 3D after the first sequence in the film (which was fantastically shot). So I guess it goes without saying that the 3D failed to impress me. See it in 2D if you are able to. Aside from the lackluster 3D, the visual effects are beautiful. There’s one sequence that takes place in space that is extraordinary.
I left the theatre feeling the great rush and enthusiasm that comes from seeing a fantastic summer blockbuster. I can’t wait to see Star Trek Into Darkness again.