Star Trek Into Darkness – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness is the direct sequel to the Star Trek 2009 reboot. It once again shows the adventures of the Starship Enterprise. Whereas during the prequel Captain Kirk and his crew faced Nero, a vengeful Romulan captain from the future, this time it looks like it is the past that ends up endangering the present.
Starship Enterprise its on-going mission is to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilisations, and to boldly go where no one has gone before. It is an academic undertaking.
But when terrorist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) orchestrates two terrible crimes of terror Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) are ordered to track down Harrison and blow him to smithereens.
Having lost a friend and mentor, Kirk gladly takes on this assignment but, with the help of Spock, soon realises that if he did he would be no better than Harrison. So instead of shooting highly explosive torpedoes from space, Kirk organises a search and capture mission to arrest him and bring him to trial.
Should I Watch It?
J.J. Abrams once again takes us on a sci-fi thrill ride filled with action, adventure, and more lens flares than you can shake a stick at. The scenes where you are not blinded or drooling on the floor suffering an epileptic seizure are all either interesting, exciting, funny, or all of the above.
Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, and Benedict Cumberbatch give stellar performances. Pine and Quinto retain their roles as Kirk and Spock. Their dynamic in Star Trek was excellent and it has gotten even better for the sequel. The two actors really have great onscreen chemistry.
Cumberbatch plays a great antagonist. Acting like a superior being seems to be what he was born for. His glances are cold and intimidating; his intelligence is frightening and believable, and he has an overall presence that just cannot be ignored.
Star Trek Into Darkness uses pretty much the same formula its predecessor did. It is fun, easily accessible, and visually astonishing. I would definitely recommend this movie.
Yes, watch it.