STAR TREK INTO DARKNESSMonday, May 13, 2013
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
Well not yet there but we’ll soon get to there. Anyway returning for the second installment of the 2009’s reimagined Star Trek, Director J.J Abrams had brought us the sequel titled “Into Darkness”. [Warning] To all Trekkie fans out there, all that is known will be twisted, manipulated, and reimagined with the original element retained though. The cast from the prior movie had returned to reprise their respective roles. Chris Pine as Captain James T.Kirk whose promotion was last seen the movie which still as brash and somewhat reckless, even though he meant well, Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock whom logical reasoning acts as a pacifier to deter Kirk from something reckless but still not much effect and the cast list also includes a special guest appearance by veteran, Leonard Nimoy as Spock (Prime).
Kirk who was promoted as Captain after the events from the previous set, and the Enterprise crew were sent to a planet called Nibiru to observe its primitive inhabitants but it’s on the verge of destruction as the volcano is about to erupt which would wipe out its entire population. Ensuring, the crew prepared a rescue mission to neutralize the volcano however it went awry when Spock got trap inside the volcano while trying to secure the device in place. At the last moment, Kirk ordered the Enterprise to be flown above the volcano to beam Spock out as there is a lot of disturbance which in turn had revealed the “U.S.S Enterprise” to the inhabitants and had violated the prime directive.
Having returned to earth, Kirk was relieved of his post as Captain due to the incident that occurred during the mission which disrupted the natural order of the planet and its inhabitants as described in Spock’s report. The Enterprise is restored back to Admiral Pike whom is made Captain again and Spock got transferred to another starship. Chaos ensured as the sudden attack on Starfleet’s secret installation which prompt the meeting of all senior officers to address the issue. However this is just the beginning of a much more sinister plot as most of the officers were either killed or gravely injured. Admiral Pike whom had made Kirk as First Officer is gravely injured and had later succumbed to it which prompt (the angered) Kirk to request to chase after the person who was identified as John Harrison that is responsible for the attacks. Joining the band wagon is scientist Carol Wallace (under the false pretense who is infact the Admiral Marcus’s daugther), and the chase across enemy territories begins.
While it is a mission that defies moral logic, Kirk is soon tossed into a web of deceit that involves a much larger conspiracy when the hunt for the man responsible is in fact called Khan, a genetically engineered super soldier, whose ruthless, cold persona, cunning and intelligent is unmatched and unparalleled by normal human that makes him a dangerous person. Forced to align himself with Khan (Played by Benedict Cumberbatch), Kirk will have to rely on his wits, intuition and courage to pull through it. Ultimately sacrifices will be made for the betterment of good and the lives of others. However the question remains, would it be enough to end the madness and chaos?
Both the director and writers had did well on reimagining the movie which retained the core fundamental that made Star Trek, Star Trek while giving it a new lease of life. Benedict Cumberbatch had potrayed Khan effortlessly though it’s rather hilarious to relate the good ol’ Sherlock with such ruthless character which same goes with Zachary Quinto as Spock (whom took a shortcut in the movie) from power hungry appetite character however commendable performance nevertheless. The youth, vigor and brashness by James T.Kirk (Chris Pine) is somewhat that most could relate as being human. For most fans, they would be able to deduce the similarity on the story plot which would surprise many on the twist in plot. While getting the glimpse of the future might be, the special effects and graphic rendering is truly remarkable and outstanding. It is definitely a great watch for many and even for those whom had never watched any Star Trek movies or series. So wait no longer and head on out to the cinema near you today.
Director : J.J. Abrams
Writers : Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman,
Stars : Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana