Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Last updated 05:00 28/05/2013

TO BOLDLY GO: Zachary Quinto, left, plays Spock and Chris Pine is Captain Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness.

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The new Star Trek film is awesome. I can say this with authority because I have been a fan of Star Trek since I watched the original series as a kid.

Considering how bad the Star Trek films had become it was not entirely unwelcome when the series was rebooted in 2009. 

The latest film is action packed. Right from the beginning it sets up some hair-raising sequences and does not let up. 

I am not usually a fan of action sequences because I find them so confusingly edited, but director JJ Abrams pulls it off really well. 

The film is well-paced and has genuine moments of tension. In fact, it is one of the best action films I have seen.

The film begins with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) in charge of The Enterprise and on a mission to save the indigenous population of a planet. 

However, in saving Spock (Zachary Quinto) he violates the prime directive and gets demoted. Kirk is forced to hand over the captaincy of The Enterprise to Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood). Things get interesting when a man called John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) causes some terrorist activity, and Kirk is handed back command of The Enterprise.

You may think that synopsis contains spoilers but that is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the plot is concerned. There is far more to it than that. Without spoiling anything this film features an awesome fight inside the Warp Stream (a first I think), the addition of extra-cool looking warp trails, a fighter version of a Star Fleet ship (which looks like an evil Enterprise) and even a Tribble.

The acting is great. Pine really gets to develop Kirk, and some emotional acting is demanded of both him, and Quinto as Spock. 

Cumberbatch is a stand out as the is-he-bad-or-isn’t-he John Harrison: a genetically engineered human with superior intelligence and strength. 

Simon Pegg is hilarious as Scottie, although I felt his alien companion (who resembles a barnacle/shellfish) was purely there as some kind of Star Wars style comic alien, but that’s a minor quibble. 

Karl Urban is great fun as Bones, delivering lines such as, “Shut up Spock! We’re trying to save you, dammit!” Zoe Saldana makes the most of feisty Uhura, and her ongoing relationship with Spock. Alice Eve is a new addition to the cast as Dr Carol Marcus, with an indication that her character may be coming back for any forthcoming installments, as well as a possible love-triangle between her, Bones and Kirk.

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The film combines excellent special effects with action, drama, comedy, tension, and pathos, plus nods to the original series which Trekkie fans will enjoy. 

There are a couple of technology issues that pedantic Star Trek fans may have quibbles with, but for everyone else this is simply a really great action film in which fans of Star Trek, and people who are new to the series, will all find something to enjoy.

This bodes well not only for more installments in the series, but also for the sequels to Star Wars which will also be under the creative control of Abrams.

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