I have just seen the movie. I have been looking forward to this movie for months now, and I can’t remember ever looking forward to a movie as much as this one.
When the first reboot was released I was of course excited but felt a little disappointed once I had seen it. I felt that it wasn’t proper Star Trek, the time line as we knew it had comepletely changed, and I didn’t like that idea.
After watching it several times, my mind changed, and I now really like it. Once you get over the time line issue, its a bloody good movie. So with this in mind, my anticipation for Into Darkness was growing with every new video clip release.
Now, you may find this hard to believe, but most of my posts on this blog regarding Into Darkness – I have not read them. I, like many, wanted to keep my fore-knowledge of this movie to a minimum. A blogger that doesn’t read his own blog?? Weird.
Now to the movie, without giving too much away. The opening sequence is relentless in it’s pace. Adrenaline pumped mild peril faces our heroes on a less advanced M-Class planet inhabited by a humanoid race who’s planet faces destruction from the impending eruption of a massive volcano.
Meanwhile in London, a starfleet officer is torn between his duty and loyalty to the Federation and the life saving procedure that will save his daughters life. His decision will have massive repurcussions throughout the quadrant.
As the Enterprise returns to Earth, Captain Kirk is repremanded and Spock transferred.
News come in that London has been bombed and an emergency committee is convened, including Kirk, Spock, Pike and chaired by Admiral Marcus. There is a rougue Starfleet agent named John Harrison at work and he must be stopped at all costs. As the meeting is in full swing, a small one man ship fires at the conference mortally wounding some of Starfleets top brass.
Kirk is tasked to hunt down and kill this rougue agent, risking all out war with one of the Federations oldest enimies. Armed with experimental weopans, Kirk and crew, now with Spock back on board, along with a Dr Carole Marcus, and minus Scotty make thier way to find thier man.
The Enterprise suffers severe warp core damage and is stranded in enemy space, so a shuttle is dispatched tocarry on the search, on board are Kirk, Spock and Uhura.
On arrival, Uhura has to use her knowledge of an alien language to divert the attention of a group of angry foes in order to capture thier prime target, who willingly surrenders after a huge melee of phaser fire and hand to hand combat.
Back on the Enterprise, Kirk, Spock and McCoy interrogate the suspect who reveales a set of coordinates that Kirk must follow if he is to find out the truth of the villains motives. Kirk asks why he should trust a murderer of innocent women and children and the reply is 72 reasons.
Kirk contacts Scotty to check out the coordinates while Marcus and McCoy attempt to open one of the experimental torpedoes the Enterprise is carrying, looking for clues. What they find is shocking and forces Kirk to join with Harrison to achieve a mutual goal.
The Enterprise detects another starship heading for thier location and sensors reveal a huge dreadnought class starship, the USS Vengeance, dead in front of them, hailed by the ship, Kirk orders the transmission to be open on all decks for the record. Admiral Marcus is aboard this ship demanding the turnover of Harrison. Kirk confronts him over his findings and refuses to obey.
The Enterprise jumps to warp, believing themselves to be safe when the Vengeance catches up with them and opens fire, causing severe damage. Suddenly the shooting stops and Kirk is contacted by Scotty who is onboard and sabotages the ships weapons grid. With the Enterprise dead is space Kirk and Harrison, with the use of rocket suits, fly through space to board the Vengeance through an airlock.
On board, Kirk and Harrison meet with Scotty and quickly over power the skeleton crew of the Vengeance and holds Marcus at gunpoint. Scotty drops Harrison to keep him under control. Harrison is only briefly stunned and gains the upper hand, killing Marcus and severly beating Kirk and Scotty.
Spock, in Command of the Enterprise agrees to Harrison’s terms and beams the weopans to the vengeance, and Harrsion responds in kind and returns Kirk and co to the Enterprise, saying a ship should go down with her captain on board.
The Vengeance once again opens fire on the Enterprise above Earth, and critically disables the ships warp core and gravity protection systems, causing the ship to freefall toward Earth.
Spock detonates the torpedoes he beamed over to the Vengeance, keeping thier precious contents on board the Enterprise, and with the Vengeance on the verge of destruction, Harrison sets a course for Starfleet Command.
Kirk is informed that the ship cannot be repaired and will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere as the warp cores need realligning, but the radiation leak in the chamber makes this impossible. Kirk however defies Scotty’s advice and enters the chamber, re-alligning the cores and the Enterprise contols her descent into Earth’s clouds and stabalises. Kirk does not fair well. There is a tearful farewell between Kirk and Spock.
Just then, the Vengeance brushes past the Enterprise on her approach to San Fransisco, destroying everything in its path.
McCoy learns that Kirk can be saved if he has some of Harrison’s blood, but as the Vengeance has just crashed to Earth, all hopes of Harrison’s survival are low. Spock however believes that he did survive and beams down to the streets to capture him.
A frantic chase and a bloody fight between Spock and Harrison ensues, with Harrison having the upper hand over the Vulcan. Just before Spock is killed by Harrison, Uhura beams down and fires a volley of shots from her phaser at Harrison to stun him. His superior strength ebables him to absorb most of the shots until Spock, filled with rage beats him to an inch of his life.
Back on the Enterprise, McCoy performs a transfusion of Harrisons blood into Kirk, who after 2 weeks recovers from his injuries.
Harrison is placed into stasis and the crew of the Enterprise, after a one year refit, embarks on thier first five year mission.
9 out of 10. The best film I have seen in a long time. Action adventure throughout and a very, very well played out story. Many references to canon Trek, a nice glimpse of the Phoenix was a great touch, and an original retooling of an old story is done extremely well. The only issue I have is the last 10 mins, otherwise would be a 10/10
The crew have grown immensley and are more like that of the Original Series but the darker side is reminiscent of a few stories that Deep Space Nine done so well.
Can’t wait for Star Trek III (JJ World that is) or XIII