Sunday, 12 May 2013

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.

Hey there, it's Chris! I recently went to watch JJ Abrams new action packed blockbuster, Star Trek Into Darkness, the second of the reboot set in a parallel universe to the original series. It follows Kirk and Spock's new adventure against their most dangerous enemy, Khan! I'll keep this review as spoiler free as possible and I apologize if I give hints of anything away!

Now I wouldn't call myself a Trekkie but I am a fan of a couple of the original Kirk films, Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan, Star Trek 4: A Voyage Home and Star Trek 6: An Undiscovered Country, being my favourites. What I love about the new Kirk films is that the plot in Star Trek reset the timeline and changing everyone's destinies meaning director JJ Abrams can do whatever the hell he wants and not have to remake every story done before. But this film is very much an up to date Wrath of Khan, with BBC Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan, and he does a fantastic job of it. He's terrifyingly cold, intelligent but absolutely brutal with his fighting style being a very savage one.

Now although, they've used Khan as the villain, the plot isn't that Khan was exiled by Kirk years before, and is found on the planet, he steals Genesis and tries to kill Kirk, and everytime Kirk kills a henchman, Khan promises to avenge them, there is no Genesis but there is Carol Marcus, who in Into Darkness, is the daughter of Admiral Marcus of Star Fleet, played by Robocop's Peter Weller. But in this, Khan declares a one man war on Star Fleet, and then flees to Kronos, the Klingon home planet, where we're first introduced to the Klingons! Admiral Marcus then charges Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) to go to Kronos and find Khan. Kirk's maverick, complete disregard for the rules as usual gets him into trouble and he soon realises he doesn't respect the Captain's chair, and it's arrogance and blind luck that has been getting him by and it's Admiral Christopher Pike fighting his battles back at Star Fleet to keep the Enterprise. Zachary Quinto's Spock is a spitting image of Leonard Nimoy and whereas Leonard Nimoy explored Spock's Vulcan side, Quinto explores more of Spock's human side, finding the balance of showing some emotion but still thinking logically.

Karl Urban once again takes up the role of Bones, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, John Cho as Sulu, and Anton Yelchin as Chekov. All of them do fantastic and all have their side plots, Uhura, Bones, Sulu and Scotty being the bigger supporters of the plot. Uhura has to deal with her Vulcan boyfriend not showing his human side, Scotty being a stubborn Scotsman, Sulu taking command of the Enterprise while Spock and Kirk go planetside. The only member of the crew not to have more than a few minutes is Chekov, he sort of gets sidelined and put in the engine room and totally forgotten for most of the film, but while Chekov is no one's favourite character, you kinda don't notice.

Benedict Cumberbatch is phenomenal as Khan, and definetely steals the show, he's every bit as cold and vengeful as Ricardo Montalban but whereas Montalban was more of an intellectual, and while they showed he had super strength, he didn't really use it, whereas Cumberbatch is highly intellectual, they weren't afraid to show his super abilities.

So my verdict is a big, phat 9 out of 10, I loved every second! And while it does take chunks heavily out of Wrath of Khan, it's just exploring the routes Wrath didn't go down. I hope Trekkies see the genius behind Abrams' work as he deserves the love of hardcore fans, he's done everything he can to please them whilst bringing on board new fans. Even if you're not a Star Trek fan, go watch this film! It's a fantastic action film, the special effects are out of this world, the Enterprise looks fantastic and awe-inspiring. The next film I hope explores the Klingons a bit more and with Carol Marcus on the scene, will Kirk have a child again? This might be the 12th Star Trek film, but I certainly don't want them to stop! Also if Abrams can turn Star Trek into a phenomena again, what can the man do for Star Wars as you're all probably aware he's been confirmed as the director.

Well, that's all from me, Chris! I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at reviewing and I hope it makes you want to watch Into Darkness as it should! If it doesn't, here's a trailer to tickle your fancy! Don't forget to go to iTunes and subscribe to the podcasts, where Richee and Layla review The Look of Love, and why not go to YouTube, to watch Richee and Layla play Fallout New Vegas! The latest episode of Richee's adventure where he battles an army of Ghekkos is up on there now!

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