After the success of the 2009 remake/reimagining/reboot/whatever-you-want-to-call-it Star Trek, it was clear that JJ Abrams would be back for the second time around.
Taking place not long after the action of Star Trek, Into Darkness see’s Kirk (Chris Pine) captaining the USS Enterprise alongside his faithful crew: Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), and Uhura (Zoe Salanda). After disregarding orders on a mission, Kirk is demoted down to first mate, losing his precious Enterprise. When a rouge Starfleet agent, John Harrison, (Benedict Cumberbatch) launches an attack on Starfleet Headquarters, killing Admiral Pike, Kirk is reinstated, and authorised to kill Harrison.
Like with Star Trek, the entire cast are brilliant with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto stepping easily back into their roles. The script showcased them well, with Spock and Kirk bouncing off each other well, and it clear to see how well the characters have developed. I felt that Spock was a lot more likeable this time around, and Kirk had lost a lot of the ladish-ness that annoyed me in the first film. Simon Pegg, who was really a brief cameo in the first film, is a fully fledged Scotty this time around – still with faithful Cabbage-Head by his side. A good job that he sorted out his Scottish accent in time!
As great as the cast are, they are all eclipsed by Cumberbatch. I would like to say that Benedict Cumberbatch plays the best cinematic villain that we are bound to see all year. Everything from his posture, his subtle body language and most of all his voice create the perfect villain. What more can I say? He’s fantastic!
The cast may be brilliant, and the script may be well written, but I can’t help but feel that Star Trek Into Darkness was a disappointment. I feel that it’s been built up and up that it’s got my hopes up and up and hasn’t delivered. Until the last 20 minutes, it is fantastic, it’s just those last twenty minutes that let it down. It feels rushed, like Abrams ran out of time to conclude in and result in it feeling very anticlimactic. Almost a “There you go, it’s all sorted, see ya!” sort of feeling. Maybe I need to re-watch it, but this time around it left me feeling very disappointed.
No doubt Abrams will be back again with another Star Trek film – if he finds time between shooting the new Star Wars! (Ever get the feeling that Abrams is a bit of a sci-fi geek?) If it’s possible, it would be great to see Pine and Quinto back as Kirk and Spock – and if the UK opening weekend is anything to go by, they will be!