7.5.13

Early Review: Star Trek Into Darkness ¦ J.J.Abrams, Khan and Other 'Star'-Related Things


Whenever I find myself paying ridiculous amounts of money on popcorn these days I've been trying to teach myself to 'switch-off'. It's getting harder and harder the more I work as a videographer. The shaky shots – anything out of focus – the colour grading. It's slowly making the backbone of Hollywood, the 'Summer Blockbuster', that bit harder to enjoy. 'Star Trek Into Darkness' however became a slight exception as I found myself totally engrossed in a galaxy that didn’t seem so far far away and a villain that had more layers than your average ogre.

Attempting to live up to the massively successful reboot of a much loved franchise, all while keeping the millions of trekkies at bay, is a daunting thought for your average human being but with Director J.J.Abrams back in the captains chair, the film became an expected hit from the start. The man behind the tv shows 'Lost' and 'Alias' is back and can be seen seeping through every seem the script had to offer. His style is iconic at this stage and has already become a meme sensation with only 3 directorial features behind him.


Managing to keep the franchise very attached to Earth is a nice touch, if not a necessary touch if the films are to survive with the upcoming Star Wars expansion, which Abrams is also set to direct, essentially ending any future Star Trek films with him at the helm. It's a lot easier to be shocked by the lore when you watch it invading your futuristic homeworld.

One of Abrams' mentionable talents is keeping his productions self-aware and for the most part cliché-free. Other than the music, which can be hilariously over dramatic if paid attention to, the film understands how well known the franchise is and with his experience with sci-fi story telling in the likes of 'Fringe', he is able to dumb down the theoretical physics of it all without getting irritating with the help of a memorable line from Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) to Dr Bones (Karl Urban): 
“Stop with the metaphors, that's an order”

If you want to have any idea who the presumably unique crew of the Enterprise are you're just going to have to watch the first one. There is no 'previously on' of any sorts. The fact that even the two new token alien crew members get more dialogue than the credited cast leaves them to fade into the background bar one or two comic relief moments. The spotlight is left for Cumberbatch. 


The newest supposedly BBC-heartthrob and star of the show 'Sherlock' takes on 'Khan' majestically. Benedict Cumberbatch manages a complex terrorist that is so equally nuanced that you may not even call him a villain. An idea that has been rapidly growing in film-making. At the same time the lead good guy role is given to the semi-emotionless 'Spock' played by the completely convincing Zachary Quinto while Captain Kirk gets neither the girl or the final fight scene leaving a strange empty feeling from your quintessential sci-fi blockbuster.

I cant help but end this discussion of Star Trek with the worries of the future for Star Wars. Not only am I extremely anti-Disney, the main issue with Abrams' skills is that his films are stunted in our generation and will eventually be ridiculed for their style looking back, whereas the only part of Star Wars that wasn’t timeless was Luke's Aunt's and Uncle's hair styles. I cant help but wait for his next project that is un-'Star'-related so we can truly judge his skills as an artist that isn't able to fall back on an already barbaric fanbase.


Released on May 9, 2013 in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Release on May 16, 2013 in the United States.
7/10