Star Trek of four years ago proved you didn’t have to be a die-hard Trekkie to enjoy the space-fuelled adventure of Captain Kirk and his crew. Likewise, this 12th Star Trek film allows a broad audience to indulge in lasers and computerised fun.
While some of 2009’s flamboyance and electricity seems to have given way to a more rounded, arguably flatter succession, J.J. Abrams maintains its appeal and fortifies a compelling cast that creates emotional energy and a soldiering composition.
This time, the USS Enterprise journeys home to find the Earth; a menacing force has attacked our wondrous planet and the Starfleet. It is, of course, up to our crew to find out who is behind the devastation and put it right.
Subtexts evolve and the in-craft disputes and relationships yet again bring to the fore the very reason the Star Trek franchise has been so bountiful in cinemas and on television screens. Partnered with a medley of CGI and clever camera work, the film jets forward to a new dimension, conjuring up action and adventure only outer space can bring.
I’m not sure that it plays out as well as in 2009, though the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch as villain and the core crew, including Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana reprising their roles means that for many it will tick all the same boxes.
The chemistry, essentially, remains in Star Trek Into Darkness. While it may not have the complete universe sewn up this time, J.J. Adrams and his team have done a pretty good job in providing another starry adventure into the unknown.
Director: J.J. Abrams
Produced by: J.J. Abrams; Bryan Burk; Alex Kurtzman; Damon Lindelof; Roberto Orci
Chris Pine, John Cho, Alice Eve, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Peter Weller, Anton Yelchin
Running time: 133 minutes
- Joshua Barrie
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