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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Review: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (2013)

Oh, so now you wanna play silent treatment with me?
Brimming with enough excitement, wit and engaging character-driven drama, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS is a summer-movie masterpiece and one of the best sequels ever made in recent years.
 

J.J Abrams' 2009 reboot had certainly gave a much-needed boost to a brand new STAR TREK franchise. Even though that movie was flawed, it had its genuine moments. But now J.J. Abrams and his returning crew have outdone themselves with a much-improved sequel of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

The movie opens with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban) being pursued by a group of alien tribes from stealing a sacred scroll somewhere at a remote planet. Meanwhile, Spock (Zachary Quinto) is tasked to save the planet from volcanic destruction. When Spock is trapped inside the volcano, Kirk is forced to break protocol in order to save his friend's life. Because of Kirk's reckless decision, he is stripped off his captaincy by the disappointed Admiral Pike (Bruce Greenwood) as well as splitting his Enterprise crew. But it doesn't take long for Kirk and his Enterprise crew to regroup when the arrival of a mysterious John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) wrecking havoc in the futuristic London.

THE GOOD STUFF
 
Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof's screenplay with the recurring theme of friendship, responsibility and unity is as vibrant as ever. Its well-paced structure is a breathlessly cinematic experience from start till finish. Characters development are ace and all the returning cast are pitch-perfect, especially the striking friendship between Chris Pine's Kirk and Zachary Quinto's Spock. Up-and-coming Benedict Cumberbatch gives one of the most memorable screen villains in recent memory as the mysterious John Harrison. He's certainly a great actor to look out for in the future, with his hypnotic screen presence and terrific speech pattern that reminds me of the great Alan Rickman (best known for his Snape role in HARRY POTTER series and as Hans Gruber in DIE HARD). Action sequences are significantly improved from the first movie as they are more coherent and genuinely entertaining. J.J. Abrams' direction is meticulous as he makes every frame counts.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT(S)
  
The heart-pounding space diving sequence between Kirk and John Harrison; the dramatic freefall sequence of the damaged USS Enterprise; and the stunning climax back at Earth that begins with a footchase and ends with an intense one-on-one fight atop a moving ship.

THE BAD STUFF
  
Guess what? None to be found!

FINAL WORDS

My, my... you have such a smooth skin. What kind of hand lotion do you use?

What can I say? STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS has truly exceed my expectation. This is one rare, yet pitch-perfect summer movie. I can't wait to see what J.J. Abrams (if he choose to return to direct) has to offer in the inevitable third STAR TREK movie.


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