Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Star Trek : Into Darkness *SPOILER ALERT*

If you are a regular visitor to blogger websites, before you go for a movie, you might find this review quite ‘informal’. First of all, I’d start with how excited I was when I first heard Cumberbatch (the dreamy British Sherlock Holmes) is in the new Star Trek movie. My excitement led me to 1st day, 1st show, 1st person to enter the theatre. A total of 10 people in the hall couldn’t retreat my enthusiasm.
The movie kicked off we find the crew ship on some planet ‘deep into space’, on a mission, where they extinguish an active volcano and proudly display their ship in front of the inhabitants of a planet which had not even invented a wheel, which puts Kirk’s position in jeopardy. This had only been added to the movie to give the fans the feel that they are watching an episode of Star Trek- is what I think- and the attempt was not a disappointing one.
As we move along as we are introduced to the ‘dude’ of the hour- John Harrison. The Director takes full advantage of his knowledge of Cumberbatch’s fame. he leaves us to “ooh”, “ah”, “That’s Benedict’s voice!” creating an aura of mystery around him and about his ‘superpowers’ (which weren’t hard to guess).
With a lot of laser-sound effects, excessive lighting and explosions we follow John Harrison into the Klingon territory (the villain race from franchise), where he massacres an entire squad of Klingons single-handedly, in a brilliantly executed fight scene I might add, but surrenders to Kirk. 

There he testifies that he is Khan (WHAT!?) and his crew has locked up by the Federation, and, their motives aren’t sober. So Kirk (asking aid from Khan) declares war against the Starfleet Admiral and as events follow Khan overtakes his advanced star ship, being damaged by the itself-so-damaged Enterprise, crashes into the post modern age London. So after 2 hours of mass destruction and the nicely carried out 3D, we reach to
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before 
and Khan is cryogenically frozen (there’s a chance of him returning).
(Though I revealed the whole story, there are tiny bits to be filled if you watch it)
Comparing it to it’s prequel and the original series, Star Trek: Into Darkness didn’t have a great plot but didn’t leave it’s predecessors behind when measured by the adrenaline level it induces into the audiences. There is no point comparing the movie to Wrath of Khan, or the famous ‘death scene’, as the story-line has been completely altered following the 2009 movie. Also I noted any Star Trek movie cannot be completed without Leonard Nimoy (a fairly labored metaphor would be the presence of Kajol in all the Karan Johar movies). Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine did a good job, but could not match the remarkable performance by Benedict Cumberbatch. 

On a personal note, I’ll go as far as to say that this has been the best release, since The Dark Knight Rises, and also the most debatable. If you open any of the reviews of this movie, the comments section is swarming with people fighting over the credentials of the movie, whether it was up to the Star Trek mark or just a slur on J.J. Abrams. So I would just conclude it as Trekkie or not, it is ATLEAST a one-time-watch, you won’t get bored.

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