‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ (2013, 12A)

The sequel to 2009’s ‘Star Trek’ (my review of that film can be viewed here), does ‘Into Darkness’ live up to its spellbinding predecessor or is it just a catastrophe?

After an incident in London and the destruction of a Federation Archive, Starfleet discover a threat within their own organisation and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) go on a manhunt across the worlds on a manhunt for the one-man war known as John Harrison (played by Benedict Cumberbatch).

Like the first film, ‘Into Darkness’ is visually amazing. The special effects and CGI are on such a scale that it is impossible not to feel part of the story that is unfolding on the screen. Like with the first movie, the opening scene is one of action – fast-paced, exciting and grabbing the viewer’s attention. There’s a great scene in the film, displaying the time and effort put into the special effects, about three-quarters of the way through. It shows the U.S.S. Enterprise dropping down through the sky and through clouds. After a few tense moments, the ship rises up again through the white mist and I couldn’t help but enjoy this one moment.

The plot isn’t quite as astounding, however, as I felt a few things were just brushed over and not explained well enough or even at all. In some instances characters are simply ignored while others’ story is developed, leading me to think ‘hang on – is he dead then or what?’. I was confused with the first ‘Star Trek’ film, but I managed to just about understand the story and what was going on. This, I’d say I got about seventy-percent of the plot and the rest of it was just incomprehensible to me. I didn’t quite know what the point of some of the characters in this film were and I felt it would’ve been better off with out them adding to the string of intertwining stories which create more and more holes in the plot.

Overall, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ is an action-packed sic-fi adventure with some amazing CGI and special effects. However, a puzzling plot and unnecessary characters mean I’ll have to give this sequel seven-out-of-ten.



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My review of this film’s predecessor, ‘Star Trek’, can be viewed here.


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