If you haven’t seen this film yet, then where have you been?! I’ll split this into two parts, one with no spoilers and one that goes a bit deeper into the film but will have some spoilers with it. I’ll try to keep them to a minimum but no promises.
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding this film and who the villain will be. The name John Harrison was dropped to try and send people down a route and while it worked for some, there were a lot of people who had doubts. There was a strong suspicion that the villain of the film would be Khan and viewers are set for a tense journey to find out the truth.
It’s not very often a sequel surpasses the original in such a large manner but Star Trek: Into Darkness does exactly that. It builds on the foundations laid in the first film and allows it to grow into something even more spectacular. There was a lot of talk about the trailers giving too much away of the film but that is not the case, there is a lot more to this film than first shown and that is partly why it is so good.
The Main Features
The story is fantastically well written and there were few faults I could find. The characters come across even better than they did in the first film, as their relationships have grown and the actors have been able to grown into the roles.
Visually, the film looks stunning, much like the first one. Boundaries have been pushed to create parts of the film that can be considered eye candy to science fiction fans but every scene had a purpose, even if it was a reference to the original Star Trek films.
Overall, this is definitely one of the best films of the year, and one of the best sci-fi films in a very long time. One piece of advice, watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to pick up on some jokes and twists made against it!
More Details, Along with a Few Spoilers
This film had me hooked – it really did. The direction I thought it was going to take, with a terrorist based plot on Earth, was implied in the trailer. While there is a good chunk of the film set on Earth, there is plenty of space travelling, and time on other planets, with a story that does have hints of a terrorist story but with a much deeper plot to unravel that will have us questioning not only the heroes but the villains.
We see a ship that crashes into the ocean on Earth and the shape and angle implies we are seeing a disaster occurring to fans of this franchise but there is more happening than we are led to believe which will leave your mouth hanging open.
Tensions are running high throughout this film as Kirk is faced with a situation that he is unfamiliar with, and the real growth of this young captain is going to be laid down for all to see. My only real complaint is how quickly the film ended and the route they took about. It was a clever trick and the reference was brilliant but as soon as it was mentioned, I knew what was going to happen.
Fans of the original franchise, the new franchise and science fiction films in general will love this film. Film lovers will enjoy the well-made and extremely well-paced film that will not leave you bored. The one spoiler I want to tell you about, the one that was all the talk of the rumours, I can’t talk about. You’ll have to find out for yourself.