Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness (Review)


NuqneH - which is 'hello' in Klingon. Four years after the first installment of the Star Trek reboot the second film is finally reached blast off. But will Star Trek Into Darkness hit 'warp speed' or will it crash and burn?

Chris Pine's Captain Kirk leads his team on a mission to find Benedict Cumberbatch's evil genius Khan.

Future Fans
I myself am not a Star Trek nerd, I mean fan, but I can completely understand why someone would be. The characters have a great dynamic and their futuristic world is exciting and imaginative. It invites you in until you feel like part of the crew on the USS Enterprise. But during Star Trek Into Darkness I started to think that this format must have worked a lot better as a TV series, especially because the plot of the film seemed so disjointed. The characters were the driving force of the film but the story overall didn't really have much of an arc. But what it lacked in plot it made up for in epic sci-fi action scenes.

Even though some of the accents were a little dodgy it was nice to see such a diverse cast in an action film.

Cosmic Comedy
Simon Pegg's character Scotty provided the comic relief and he does a good job especially in one scene when he is trying to distract a guard. But even though he is the joker of the group he is actually a really well-written clever character and for me a highlight of the film. Although Simon's new Scottish accent was a bit distracting.

Galactic Girls
I felt like feminism took a major hit in Star Trek Into Darkness. Firstly Uhura played by Zoe Saldana is the ship's smartest, strongest and bravest female crew member but she totally lets her emotion get in the way and spends half the film obsessing over her boyfriend Spock's selfish action. Which is weird because the romance between Zachary Quinto's Spock and Uhura seems so mismatched. But nothing is more annoying than seeing such a strong female character reduced to the role of nagging girlfriend. And the only other major female character (Alice Eve's Carol) is a archetypal blonde bimbo who goes about changing her shirt for no apparent reason. Come on Star Trek, you're better than this, we're in the 21st century now.

Sherlock In Space?
And what was Sherlock doing in this movie? Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic in BBC's Sherlock. It is one of my favourite shows because of its brilliant writing and complex characters but in future maybe Benedict should just stick to the BBC. He basically just plays a less witty version of Sherlock called Khan. Sherlock is the perfect antihero, but Cumberbatch comes across as humourless and boring in this.

The Twisted Twist
And without giving any plot twists away, I found it really annoying that there was a huge, climatic scene at the end, which turned out to be a great big cheat. And the same stupid tactic has been used in far too many action movies recently. Once you see this movie you'll know what I mean, and you'll probably feel cheated as well.

Overall, this felt very much like a middle movie, with not very much happening - it basically ends the same way it began, leaving me feeling a bit dissatisfied. And I wouldn't be at all surprised if they were planning to boldly go and turn this into a trilogy.

It does have some nail-biting action scenes but despite those I was a bit bored. Not to mention the excessive use of lens-flare that was constantly upstaging the action.

To get this franchise back on track, I really think they need to come up with a more original plot which is more fluid and less jammed together, like this outing. And next time I see Benedict in a film I'd like to see him branching out from Sherlock - unless we're talking about Sherlock The Movie!

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1 comment:

  1. "Come on Star Trek, you're better than this, we're in the 21st century now." Absolutely true! They keep undressing women to increase the audience.