May 27, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness
As I've stated here many times before, I've never been a big Star Trek fan, sure I've watched bits of all the series but to be honest I mostly found it boring. Maybe it's that classic Star Wars / Star Trek divide? Not sure. However with the first JJ Abrams Star Trek film he made something that I actually really liked.
He's repeated the act with Star Trek Into Darkness. I really enjoyed it. The plot hurtles along at a million miles an hour whilst have conversations about the prime directive, about saving friends or crew, about following orders, about the ridiculousness of the plot. Because yes, some things are really silly and done for effect, even Scotty thinks that hiding the Enterprise underwater is crazy, but it sure looks cool when it comes up.
It's not just that scene that looks cool, the entire film looks stunning, lens flares galore, a hyper bright white Enterprise, a super realistic city chase, explosions, space, spaceships! At no point was I pulled out of my belief by a wonky looking computer generated special effect. At no point do you have time to worry about contrived plot points because with barely a moment to catch your breath the next chunk of action is upon you.
It is also a fun film, it made me laugh multiple times, and retains a true sense of fun despite the enemy in the film being rather nasty and the lose of life rather large.
Special mentions for acting go to Benerdict Cumberbatch who was scary, and Zachary Quinto as Spock and Karl Urban as Bones who both have made the characters their own and both made me laugh frequently.
Star Trek Into Darkness isn't intellectual stimulation, it's not like reading an awesome thought provoking SF novel, it's more like riding a roller coaster, and that's okay, because it's a good rollercoaster.
Thoroughly enjoyable and I cannot wait for JJ to get his hands on Star Wars.