Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Steph and I were lucky enough to attend the Australian premiere of Star Trek: Into Darkness a few weeks ago.

While I’m not a Trekkie, I had seen the first film, loved it, and was eagerly awaiting the second instalment. The fact that it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the main villain also didn’t hurt.

The main plot of the film is heavily centered around Star Fleet and the Enterprise, rather than an external threat. Khan (Cumberbatch) causes serious trouble from the first time we see him on-screen. We then lose a major character, and Kirk vows to avenge their memory. Going deep into space, and dangerously close to enemy Klingon territory, Kirk and Spock soon realise that the enemy isn’t always who you expect it to be.

There’s a pretty big twist near the end, but Steph and I both correctly guessed how it would be resolved. Despite it’s apparent predictability, the ending was heartwarming, and leaves room for further films. It was very neat and glossily packaged, but it had me smiling all the way until the end credits.

3D is used exceptionally well throughout the film. I would definitely recommend catching a 3D session (not something I usually recommend, because most of the time it’s a waste of money), as the effects really add depth (pun intended) to it. Our screening was also in VMAX, which always makes a movie more powerful.

Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and Benedict Cumberbatch, the film had more eye-candy than you could poke a stick at. Chris, Zachary, and Karl (as well as director J.J. Abrams) were all present at the premiere, and were as adorable in person as you could expect. That being said, Benedict was definitely my standout in the film (and no, I’m not just saying that because I’m a total fan). His portrayal of Khan was outstanding, and let’s face it, the villains are always the sexiest characters.

Star Trek: Into Darkness has been much hyped, but I can tell you it won’t disappoint. It’s amusing, thrilling, powerful, and heartbreaking, and while I’m nowhere near an expert, I’d say it’s a great addition to the franchise.

I’m definitely going to be seeing it again.

Star Trek: Into Darkness is in Australian Cinemas from today, through Paramount Pictures Australia.

Rating: 4/5

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