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Star Trek Into Darkness

USA 2013
produced by
J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeffrey Chernov (executive), David Ellison (executive), Dana Goldberg (executive), Paul Schwake (executive) for Bad Robot, Paramount, Spyglass Entertainment
directed by J.J. Abrams
starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor, Amanda Foreman, Jay Scully, Jonathan Dixon, Aisha Hinds, Heather Langenkamp, Leonard Nimoy
written by Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Michael Giacchino, special effects by Atomic Fiction, ILM, Pixomondo

Star Trek, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, Star Trek (original crew), Khan

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Kirk (Chris Pine), captain of the Enterprise, gets demoted because of a plunder on an unexplored planet he was to survey. Then though, terrorist Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) attacks Starfleet command and single-handedly kills quite a few commanding officers including Kirk's mentor Pike (Bruce Greenwood). Then he makes an escape onto an uninhabited planet in the Klingon Empire. Kirk is re-instated as captain, and he makes it his mission to hunt down and kill Khan - but it has to be a covert operation, because the Federation and the Klingon Empire are on the bring of all-out war. Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) of the Federation though even grants Kirk 72 super-secret torpedoes to do the job - much to the dismay of Scottie (Simon Pegg), who actually quits his service on the Enterprise since he refuses to travel with these warheads without knowing what's inside.

On the supposedly uninhabited planet in the Klingon Empire, Kirk and crew run into a Klingon patrol and are almost killed ... when they are saved by Khan, who then gives himself up to Kirk.

Mission accomplished?

No, because presently the Enterprise's warpdrive is damaged - and Khan's many hints cause Kirk to have one of the torpedoes opened, which he finds out to contain a cryogenically frozen body. Khan it turns out was a genetically engineered superhuman frozen 300 years ago with his crew, and was defrosted only recently by admiral Marcus to ... well, do something. But Khan was a madman from day one, so Marcus decided to ditch him - by having him start a war with the Klingon Empire, which in turn would fortify Marcus's own position in the Federation and would turn the Federation into the military operation he'd like to lead.

Presently, Marcus shows up with his new super-battleship to blow the Enterprise to Kingdom Come - but somehow Scottie has snuck onto the ship and sabotaged its weapon systems. Kirk decides to board the other ship, but he has to take Khan with him because Khan knows the ship and is one hell of a fighter. Of course, Kirk and Khan manage to take over the other ship, and Khan also brutally kills Marcus - then he takes Kirk and company hostage and exchanges them only for the torpedoes containing his 72 frozen buddies. Once he has his hands on the torpedoes though, he wants to blow up the Enterprise - but the torpedoes have been armed and they blow up his ship instead - ouch!

Meanwhile, the Enterprise has reached the gravitational pull of earth and is endangered to crash onto it - but giving his own life, Kirk saves his crew and ship.

Then Khan's ship, despite having been blown up, crashes into San Francisco, and Khan survives the crash unscathed. Now Spock (Zachary Quinto) wants his revenge on Khan and they have a fistfight taking them to half of remarkably undamaged San Francisco - until Spock's girlfriend Uhura (Zoe Saldana) intervenes and stuns Khan ... you see, it needs Khan's superblood to revive Kirk ... so yes, everything ends happily.

 

Star Trek Into Darkness is by far not the best of most thoughtful film of the series, rather an a little pointless collection of the best moments of the original series and the movies, especially Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and of course Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - but by and large, Star Trek Into Darkness is also one thing: Escapist fun. Most of the more interesting ideas in this movie are buried under yet another action setpiece, and the moments when the movie goes for depth (like when Spock explains why he chooses to show no feelings) are little more than tired clichées. Plus neither Chris Pine nor Zachary Pinto really convince in their respective roles. Plus, the finale is drawn out waaay too long and gets sillier with every new twist - but at least, as long as you're sitting through the film you'll find yourself pleasantly entertained. It's not a film that will stick with you, mind you, more cinematic fast food of a blockbuster quality, but you definitely could do much much worse.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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