'Star Trek Into Darkness' Has Plenty Of Flash But Lacks Originality
May 15th, 2013 8:23pm EDT
The boys of Starfleet are back: Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Bones (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana).
The film opens with the USS Enterprise on a observation mission to Planet Nibiru. When they arrive at the planet they find a volcano on the verge of erupting and wiping out its primitive inhabitants.
In the process of launching a dangerous mission to halt the eruption, Spock's life is jeopardized, forcing Kirk to break the 'Prime Directive' and reveal the Enterprise to the inhabitants.
Bad move: Not only is Spock pissed off at his BFF, Admiral Pike (Bruce Greenwood) relieves Kirk of his command and he takes over the Enterprise.
Not a good week for our Captain.
But wait...Things are about to get worse. Starfleet agent John Harrison aka Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) bombs a secret Section 31' installation in London. Immediately after, an emergency meeting of high ranking officers is called at Starfleet headquarters, which Kirk attends.
The meeting is attacked by a gunship piloted by Harrison, who winds up slaughtering most of the attendees, including Kirk's mentor Admiral Pike.
Of course Kirk is reinstated and Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) orders him to hunt down Harrison, who is now hiding out in the land of the Klingons, and kill him. This becomes problematic since Starfleet and the Klingon Empire are at war. But what's a little war among enemies?
To say anymore would spoil the surprises and there are a few. Unfortunately, even though I enjoyed the relationships between the crew members (especially the love connection of Spock and Uhura), I didn't find the plot all that original.
The film, directed by J.J. Abrams is very glitzy - shot in 3D/IMAX it's beautiful to look at. Having said that I found the film lacked complexities of other films in the franchise. Personally, I thought the 'Borg' movies were the best.
It's for that reason I gave 'Star Trek Into Darkness' which opens in theatres, Thursday May 16, 2013 three bagels out of five.
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