Star Trek Into Darkness (Film Review)

May 11, 2013
Here's my early review of Star Trek Into Darkness starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Now, shall we begin?
Like I said in my previous review, I have been a long time Trekker. And I got a lot of messages that I said in my Star Wars review, I was a big fan of SW. Like critic Jeremy Jahns said, in this world, you got to have both and as a fan of those 2 big franchises, it's too hard which one I liked more. Well, with Abrams now directing SW: Episode VII and currently on helm with the Trek movies, I have finally come into the conclusion after the seeing this movie that Star Trek is better than Star Wars. Anyways, i'm not here to differentiate these SW and ST, i'm here to review the latest Trek movie called 'Star Trek Into Darkness', which I thought is the best offering this Summer by far. 

The sequel picks up after the events of the first film. The entire crew of the enterprise is called back home only to find that there is some unrelenting force that is present within their department. That force has ignited the fleet and everything that its stands for which leaves our world in a state of crisis. Captain Kirk then leads a manhunt to a warzone world to seizure a one man weapon that holds the power of mass destruction. The heroes are impelled into the game of life and death. A game which will challenge the love, friendships and will demand sacrifices.

If you have been following my previous Trek posts, you've already know that this movie is my most anticipated film this year and like what I said earlier: Star Trek Into Darkness is the best film so far this Summer. The thing that made the film really good is that they took the franchise in a more grandiose epic scale that really works for a film like this. It gets slow at times but it keeps getting better and better as a build-up for an awesome climax that is both nail-biting and emotional. The movie is something worth seeing by fans (notably everyone who appreciates Wrath of Khan) but if you don't like the first one, you might not like this. Some characters are also getting a lot of screen time than its predecessor and there's not much of a problem with character developments.

Performance-wise, the whole cast did an impressive job with the movie. Chris Pine, as always was perfect portraying Kirk. Zachary Quinto, also as well too perfect to be as Spock. John Cho shows more of his acting chops in this movie, did a great job as Hikaru Sulu. Same goes to Anton Yelchin, was a lot better Chekov than the previous film. Simon Pegg gets more emotional scenes and I liked that. The reason is, Pegg always is known for being a comic relief, but in the case of this film: he showed more of his dramatic side and he did a really good balance of comedy and drama into one. Zoe Saldana is also great as Uhura as well. And lastly, Benedict Cumberbatch. I was one of those people who watched him as 'Sherlock' before he gets a casting call for this film. As usual, he did an amazing job as John Harrison (Khan.*coughs*). He was bad-ass from the minute you saw him in the first act, you would probably think that this guy will kill it. Now i'm looking forward to seeing him in more movies later this year.

The visuals and action sequences will make fans blow their socks up. Double that when you saw the film in glorious IMAX 3D. The action scenes never looked better in IMAX screens especially its space scenes which will make everyone in awe for excitement and thrills. The 3D had some moments at times, but it wasn't   necessary during confrontation scenes. Also, another reason to see the film in IMAX is the sound quality. Its loud and it will make you feel like you're right in the bridge at the enterprise, and Cumberbatch's voice, that alone is something to look forward to.

I'm developing a spoiler-heavy review of this film next week so I better off finish this review right away! Live long and prosper.

'Star Trek Into Darkness' is Summer's best offering so far. With performances and script well-executed, this sequel alone makes another landmark to the hearts of every Trekkers out there. It is inspired, perfectly directed and beautifully shot.

The geek rates it 9.8/10. A lot better than the first one (well, that's me.) and I guess better than all Trek movies released. I will be back for my review of Fast and Furious 6 and Baz Luhrman's latest visual spectacle on acid, The Great Gatsby.

'Star Trek Into Darkness' is PG-13 and will be shown in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D May 15.

Special thanks again to the good folks of Solar-UIP for the invites to the IMAX screening!

In the meantime, why not check this clip from 'Star Trek Into Darkness':

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