Sunday, 27 October 2013

FILM: Star Trek Into Darkness (8/10)

Why did I watch it?
I enjoyed J.J Abrams' 2009 reboot of the Star Trek brand and his sequel, and probably last Star Trek film in the director's chair due to being lured over to that other famous sci-fi franchise, was No. 4 on my Most Anticipated Films of 2013 list

What's it all about?
Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads his crew on an intergalactic man-hunt to the Klingon world to bring former Starfleet Commander John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) to justice after a devastating terrorist attack on Starfleet Command.

The Good:
  • Cumberbatch's standout performance as Harrison.
  • Great villain, light years (sorry) better than Eric Bana's Nero in Star Trek
  • Abrams' usual style and flare (not of the lens variety)
  • Surprisingly emotional bromance between Kirk and Spock
The Bad:
  • Plot loses it's way with all the twists to divert attention and ultimately reveal the film's true villain
  • Another movie villain gets caught on purpose. Please stop it. Least original plot device now.
  • Crew members outside of Kirk, Spock and maybe Bones, underwritten for and their scenes feel of a token nature 
Remember when prison cells were just small rooms with bars and locks?
Favourite line:
'Are you giving me attitude Spock?' - Kirk 
'I am expressing multiple attitudes simultaneously. To which are you referring?' - Spock

Stand-out moment:
Alicia Eve in her undies, just kidding....Kirk's selfless trip into the reactor as the Enterprise plummets

Like the film? Watch: Star Trek, the 2009 reboot or the original TV shows
Like the director? Watch: Abrams in space again, watch out for the next Star Wars film (2015)

What my wife would say: Geek

What the world thinks:
Rotten Tomatoes - 87%
Metacritic - 72/100
LAMB Score - 3.6/5
Twitter - 'J.J. Abrams delivers the goods once again'

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