Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) – Film Review
Director: JJ Abrams
Cast: Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto
by Dan Berlinka
With the reboot of the franchise so successful in 2009, the Enterprise returns to its continuing mission to seek out new audiences while boldly going to pretty much the same place as last time… only more so.
More cocky Kirk being a maverick captain who doesn’t play by the rules. More stoical Spock being a stickler for said rules. There’s more “Hoots mon” Scotty providing comic relief and plot-hole patch-ups. More Bones McCoy bristling at… well, everything. And more Uhura wondering why she doesn’t get to do much more than carry on her unlikely romance with Spock.
“Plenty here to enjoy, if not dwell on”
The picture never goes quite as far ‘into darkness’ as the title promises. Overall the impact of Abrams’ new generation is probably greater first time out. But that’s not to say this instalment isn’t tremendous fun (because it is). The 3D and effects look fantastic (without being overwhelming), the regular cast all fit into their roles as snugly as their TV ancestors.
Benedict Cumberbatch is a welcome addition, bringing intelligence and menace with him in equal measure. If you’re not already a fan, it may feel like watching an (overlong) episode of a series that you don’t really follow. But if the sound of a Starfleet communicator still gives you a little thrill that echoes back to your childhood, there’s plenty here to enjoy, if not to dwell on at great length afterwards.