J.J. Abrams returns to the captain’s chair in his sequel to 2009’s reboot of the Star Trek franchise.
Standing on the shoulders of giants such as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Mr. Abrams has garnered much success for his stylistic mystery box approach to film making. I would liken his style to that of an illusionist. They must first grab your attention and then redirect it, to set the audience up for the great reveal!
J.J. Abrams has mastered his art of storytelling in the same regard. He has truly become one of the giants that he, as well as so many of us have revered over the not so distant past. My guess is this is why he was also offered the director seat for the reboot of the Star Wars franchise. I guess we will have to see if his film making lightning will strike the empire back in action!
Star Trek Into Darkness starts off on a Class M planet that is about to be decimated by a raging volcano. The primitive civilizations only hope is to have Captian Kirk played by Chris Pine and Spock played by Zachary Quinto deactivate the volcano by means of a cold fusion device. The only catch is they have to do this without violating the “Prime Directive,” which as it turns out is pretty much impossible as Spock gets himself trapped in the volcano and the only way to save him is to reveal the Enterprise vessel to the indigenous tribe. This does not fare well for the Captain as he not only gets thrown under the bus by Spock of disobeying the prime directive; he is demoted for his insubordinate behavior.
As the details of his reassignment are being discussed a terrorist attack occurs and all of the highest ranking officials are called to a meeting. Whilst in the meeting they are confronted by an onslaught of gunfire by the same terrorist know as John Harrison played by Benadict Cumberbatch they were meeting about.
After the fight, Captain Kirk is reinstated to his duties as Captain and is to pursue and kill the terrorist. As the details of the mission are for the most part withheld from the rest of the crew Scottie quits in protest to the nuclear devices brought on the ship and Spock protests that killing the terrorist is in violation of Federation law. (Does any of the sound familiar?)
Taking the advice of his wise Vulcan friend Kirk captures the terrorist. As they are questioning Harrison about his reason for carrying out the attack they soon find out he isn’t quite human and he reveals his true identity to them.
I really enjoyed Into Darkness! I thought it was very well made and I liked some of the political zings Abrams put into the story.
The actors were amazing in all of their representations, my favorite being Zachary Quinto as Spock. I thought he was arguably up there with Leonard Nemoy’s Spock.
The cinematography was beautifully done. I would say this is one of the best Star Trek films to date. It is rousing and incredibly entertaining most anyone and not just the “Trekkies.” I genuinely think most movie goers will agree that the series will continue to live long and prosper.
I give it 8.5 out if 10