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Boldly Go Into Darkness: A Star Trek Review

25 Jun 2013 | By Tim Mworia

Like many people outside of the United States (I presuppose), I did not have the faintest inkling what Star Trek was all about…and didn’t care at all. I read somewhere that it would take me no less than three weeks of consecutive watching to go through the entire TV and film collection; so I opted for a literary warp-drive instead.

In preparation for this movie, I did what Penny from The Big Bang Theory should have done soon as she met the nerd gang; I dived face first into a copy of ‘Star Trek For Dummies’. As much help as it was, the synopsis didn’t prepare me for Star Trek Into Darkness.

I went in expecting nothing more than an inter-galactic adventure by a crew of humans and semi-humans into amazing CGI worlds…and from the trailer, an expressionless villain trying to stop that from happening. However, what I got was Fast and Furious in space. I loved it!

This is a sequel to director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 series reboot and everyone reprises their roles- more importantly Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. Benedict Cumberbatch adds his glorious baritone in an impressive display of villainy.

Now, a quick walk-through of the plot. The movie opens with Kirk and his Enterprise crew on an outer-space voyage. They violate a non-interference code with the natural process of a stunningly beautiful red planet. This sequence establishes, Kirks quirkiness and Spock’s annoying “choosing not to feel” Vulcan mumbo jambo.

On their return to Starfleet, Kirk is relieved of his Captain duties. He is later brought back at the lower position of first officer by his mentor, Admiral Christopher Pike, and then reinstated as Captain after Pike is killed in a seemingly motiveless attack by rogue Starfleet agent, John Harrison. Kirk is tasked with pursuing and killing Harrison who has transported to the dangerous Klingon homeworld of Kronos.

We later learn that Harrison is in fact Khan, a genetically engineered superhuman who was awakened from a 300-year-long period of suspended animation in a cryogenic pod to develop weapons for a future war between the Federation and the Klingons. He has all the same beliefs as Captain Kirk but the difference is that he is hell-bent on destroying anything and anyone that is not part of his crew.

The special effects on this movie alone should be enough to take you to the cinemas. The futuristic cities are interesting to see; it struck me as odd that 23rd century cities have vast green spaces considering recent events in Turkey. I also must warn you that a scene that makes reference to the events of 9/11 may make you cringe in discomfort.

Overall, the plot mixed with all its science-iness is a bit overwhelming especially for beginners like myself…BUT the SFX imagined worlds; action sequences and Uhura’s (Zoe Saldana) squeezy outfit will keep you hanging around.

Review courtesy of Starflix Prestige Plaza

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