J.J.Abrams’ follow-up to his 2009 Star Trek reboot/sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness immediately smacks viewers in the centre of a frantic action sequence in a Spielbergian style. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are on a planet populated by a primitive alien tribe unexposed to the joys of space travel. Kirk is on the run having upset the locals, while Spock is busy trying to prevent a volcano that’s threatening the planet from erupting. Needless to say, things go from bad to worse for the crew as countless unforeseen obstacles present themselves. It’s a lively set piece that immediately sucks the viewer in, setting the tone of what should follow. However Into Darkness doesn’t quite maintain this high level of frenzied fun, instead opting to tell a more personal tale focusing heavily on the inner workings of the USS Enterprise’s crew, as well as that of the villainous John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Following their aforementioned bungled mission, Kirk is formally stripped of his rank as captain and Spock is assigned to a different ship. But before any trace of change can occur, a series of terror attacks are carried out against the Federation by a formidable figure only known as John Harrison. So before you can cry “Oh no, not change!” Kirk is given back his ship and Spock is back onboard, making the last ten minutes all but meaningless. Yay! From there Kirk and his crew are instructed to track down Harrison and use deadly force to make him pay for his actions. Making matters tricky is Harrison’s hideout location – the Klingon home world. The Enterprise crew must approach the matter with caution to avoid sparking a war with the hostile beings, a difficult task made all the more complicated when the ghosts of Harison’s past begin to haunt them.
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