I’ve drawn flak on several occasions for not watching “Star Wars”. The movie from which that Kollywood “genius” Maniratnam stole visuals from. Or was it E.T? Or was it both?
The idea of characters pulling action/adventure shit together in space or in some wonderland excluding the earth with some unimaginable ugly robotic nonsensical machines just doesn’t appeal to me.
Am I not a “sci-fi” guy? No! I’ll come to it by the end of this review.
After hearing favorable reviews about the ‘Star Trek’ reboot (2009), I watched it and was mildly surprised. So that raised my expectation towards this sequel.
Alas, this sequel was a bit disappointing.
The movie starts with the familiar spacecraft USS Enterprise exploring the indigenous civilization in a remote planet called “Nibiru”.
Following a volcanic eruption, Captain Kirk gets demoted by his higher officer, Pike for saving a logical Vulcan Spock and in the process exposing the space ship to the alien race, who actually end up worshiping it as a cult.
In the meantime, Starfleet agent John Harrison bombs London and kills Pike during an emergency meeting, thus setting our hero in the quest for capturing and bringing John Harrison to justice.
As the adventure continues, there are a few interesting twists in the form of who actually John Harrison is and where was he from and how was he set up and all that.
Since I don’t consider this movie as hideous compared to a few other movies I watched recently, I choose not to give away much.
Casting, Characterization & Performance
If there is anyone who is gonna save director J.J. Abrams’ ass, it’s the cast.
Almost all characters are memorable with their performances along with their own set of traits and persona.
A special mention should go to Zachary Quinto who portrays the logical half human/Vulcan, Spock. The scenes where he is logical while he is supposed to emote are chuckle worthy.
Once the mid point twist is revealed, things start to get predictable and boring.
The moment where Scotty coincidentally boards the ship’s secret yard is the same shit we’ve been enduring for ages.
With regards to the action scenes there is nothing new, particularly with the antagonist being shown as powerful and manipulative.
The fight scenes are plain eye sores.
Talk about the guns they use – they look worse than those ‘red-light’ blinking electronic toy guns that we used to get as presents as 8-year-olds.
For $185 million dollars, these bozos are unable to brainstorm a decent gun.
You get a feeling after a point “alright…you keep going I’ll catch you up later”.
Even a kid will guess that the hero isn’t gonna die in the end.
But the way these fellas take us all for granted and show that the hero is dead – Flat out embarrassing 🙁
There is a huge cult following for the “Star Trek” franchise just like the “Transformers” shit (except the first one).
The midnight special premiere drew a large crowd.
An incident happened by the way that reminded me of the Tamil saying (“Kaasikku ponaalum karumam tholaiyadhu”) “You won’t get rid of your sins even if you take a dip at Kashi (Varanasi)”.
There was a movie fanatic who sat close to me and kept on giggling – even for the bad scenes. God, she just wouldn’t stop! It was only her. All the others were quiet.
If you’re expecting a gem of a “Sci-fi” film like “District 9”, “Judgement Day” – let me warn you! You’re in for a big disappointment. Those films had aliens invading Earth and the filmmakers stuck to it making us glued into those characters and the following plot.
Star Trek Into Darkness just fails to do that.