Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness review

I went to see this at the weekend with my friends C and M, my husband and my son.  We are all fans of Star Trek (and anything fantasy/sci-fi) and we adults are self-confessed geeks for this kind of thing.  We were not disappointed.

The plot premise is that the crew of the Starship Enterprise find themselves hunting down a terrorist from within their own organisation in the no-man's land of the Klingon home planet.  Can Captain Kirk lead the manhunt to capture a one-man weapon of war without starting one with the Klingons?

Chris Pine (This Means War, Unstoppable) reprises his role as Captain Kirk with his second in command Spock, the excellent Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Margin Call) and the 'friendship' dynamic between them is played out with fascinating nuances and emotions not often seen from a Vulcan - as does the relationship between Spock and Uhura (Zoe Saldana of Avatar, Columbiana) with comedic consequences. Karl Urban (Dredd, Bourne Supremacy) as Bones and Anton Yelchin (Terminator Salvation, Fright Night) as Chekov, capture the originals well and John Cho (American Beauty, Harold & Kumar) shows a tougher side when he is given the chair as Acting Captain.  The inside jokes/nods to the Trekkies are many and well placed, but the best comedy moments are left to Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Shaun of the Dead) as Scotty with his apt one-liners.  For me though, the film is stolen by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes, War Horse) as the strongest villian we have seen in the Star Trek franchise.  His steely conviction gave me shivers.

One of the film's taglines is 'Earth will fall,' but on the strength of this film, I doubt the Star Trek franchise will.

9/10   #StarTrek

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