Film Review – Star Trek: Into Darkness
Director: J.J. Abrahams
Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch
Synopsis from IMDB: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
As a general rule I don’t usually allow myself to get drawn into the hype of an upcoming film, so my exposure to Into Darkness was simply the trailer about a week ago when I watched another film. “That looks awesome..” was pretty much my initial thought. I’ll try and keep this as free of spoilers as possible as there are some tremendous scenes I was simply not prepared for. I’d urge you not to visit IMDB at all, as one of the major twists (for me) is completely ruined in plain sight. That would probably lead me off-topic to rant about marketing ruining twists such as in the American remake of The Ring.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the is-he-or-isn’t-he antagonist of the film in the form of John Harrison, a Starfleet agent gone rogue now waging a one-man war. I’d never watched Cumberbatch in anything before, but was aware he starred most notably in Sherlock Holmes and was a highly praised actor. He certainly lives up to his accolades in this. He steals just about every scene he is in with his intense performance and sheer presence alone. Hair and wardrobe certainly do their work well – he looks great in the many guises we see him in. What I hadn’t expected was the physicality of him. He kicks a host of ass as if he’s a superhuman martial artist in his every day life. All the leading actors are clearly in tremendous shape. I think ever since 1999’s Fight Club there’s been a movement in media away from the jacked roid freaks of the 80s such as Schwarzenegger and Stallone towards the lean but ripped protagonist. Since the widespread use of HD in fact I’d put forward the thought that the actors who are most prevalent have a more natural look. Michael Cera for example I doubt would have made it big had he been born 10 years previously. What this means in Into Darkness is a load of great looking actors making every scene a feast on the eyes, and Simon Pegg as well, heheh
Now I’m not ashamed to say, I cried three times during this film. I’m not an emotional person usually so this is a big deal. They were silent, manly tears. There was another man audibly sobbing. It really is a brilliantly executed film and kept me captivated for its considerable running time. In fact not get too graphic, but I needed to pee after about an hour and found myself waiting for a bit of a lull so I could dash off. 90 minutes later and not only have I not left to go relieve myself but I’d sat enraptured through the whole film! My bladder wasn’t thankful, but my other organs enjoyed.
A high rating indeed. If like me you’re a fan of the original Star Trek films, its actually very nearly a 9/10..