[Movie Review] Star Trek Into Darkness

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Director: J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8)

Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Khal Urban, John Cho, and Benedict Cumberbatch

Bolla: *Clears throat* Just to be clear up front: I’m by no means a huge star trek fan. I’ve not seen any of the original series episodes, and none of the older movies. So my verdict will be strictly focused on what this one “Star Trek – Into darkness” was. Daz All.

M.Y: Say what? No previous history with the Star Trek franchise? But I am sure you are familiar with all the Koto Aiye Movies right?

Bolla: LOL. Whats that got to do with this? Anyways, yes I am.

M.Y: Imagine. Look at you. That’s it! Its a date. Thursday Night, Me and you. Star Trek Marathon.

Bolla: LOL. You wish, So SHALL WE BEGIN?

M.Y: When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

Bolla: With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. (c) Paramount

Bolla: Star Trek Into Darkness brings on some level of enjoyment overall, and tries to add more emotional depth, and it largely succeeds.

M.Y: What can I say, its J.J Abrams. For a man who confessed to not being a fan of the Star Trek Franchise, he still manages to put together  such jaw dropping, nerve pinching, brain racking, bone crushing and awesome collages of the best action piece I have seen so far this year*breathing heavily*

Bolla: Okay Calm down and just breath. Okay? Well, J.J Abrams manages to explore the theme of consequences with a subtle hint of the age old question, “do the ends justify the means?”  The thrilling return of the Enterprise crew shows a darker view of the federation, with a comeback of the evil section 31 whose very remit implies the ends do justify the means, and this question is visited through the effects of actions throughout the film, including Kirk’s flouting of the Prime Directive and Admiral Marcus’ continued attempts to undo the damage of his earlier actions.

M.Y: Wow! You really got me thinking with all that grammar up there. Well I will simply say Benedict Cumberbatch(John Harrison)’s depth as a villain was as treacherous as the depth of his voice.  I wish I could say more than that, but then I would be giving out some spoilers wouldn’t I? Quite ironically, he was my hero in this movie. Absolutely stunning performance.

Bolla: I enjoyed the acting, the only major exception being Chekhov (Anton Yelchin), who also had the dubious honor of running around like a beheaded chicken for much of the movie. But that was more than balanced out by Scotty: while his character is certainly far different from the Montgomery Scott of the original series, Simon Pegg is great in this role. Uhura (Zoe Saldana) kicks some serious ass, and the trio of Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and McCoy (Karl Urban) do credit to their original namesakes, and in this movie get in some fantastic byplay.

M.Y: Plot wise, the story moves really fast and had so much fusion from many of the previous Star Trek movies(any more, it would have been too much). The good thing is a non-Trekkie fan like Bolla here wouldn’t need to really sit down and have previous history of the franchise to appreciate the movie’s completeness…

Bolla: Yeah, that’s true. It provided many great action set-pieces, some felt very organic to the story, but unfortunately things begin to fizzle in the final act. The inevitable twist should have been devastating in its deceit, but instead plays as extremely underwhelming. And just like its set up, the final resolution feels equally short on ingenuity and surprise.

My only concern now is that J.J. Abrams has a complete monopoly over the two largest sci-fi franchises in cinema history. How he will continue to breathe something fresh, creative and different into both Star Wars and Star Trek?

M.Y: My dear, lets just say Abrams has been mentored by Steven Spielberg, he is one of the biggest sci-fi fans in the business, and based on what this man has done with the Star Trek franchise and Super 8, he has proven himself worthy of handling both franchises pretty well. Atleast, one thing I am sure of is the fact that we wont be seeing Captain Kirk holding a laser sword and Skywalker in the Federation.

Bolla: All in all, Star Trek Into Darkness lives up to the hype and promises of the rebooted universe. Gone are the days of the proud federation with holier than thou ideals and frivolous disregard for the consequences of consequential actions; Star Trek into Darkness provides a gritty level-headedness that emphasizes a world where safety is not defined by the colour of your shirt. We are the better for it. Violating the prime directive (through sacrifice and the abandonment of sworn duty) from the start of the film, signals that this new Star Trek crew won’t always adhere to the rules and conventions long-time fans have come to expect. That’s OK. They have proven themselves worthy of piloting the Enterprise. In the grand pantheon of Star Trek, Into Darkness is among the best of the bunch.

M.Y: So from us here, its a Popcorn and Soda. And second movie worthy of getting our prestigious Popcorn, Soda and Hotdog during our awards at the end of this year.