Star Trek 2: Into Darkness

An action packed sci-fi thriller, it is fast-paced and furious. I will not compare Star Trek 2 to The Wrath of Khan(1982) for the simple reason that the former presents a new era in cinematography with focus on non-stop, edge-of-the-seat tension rather than the psychological battle of wits of the older movie. As usual, the IMAX 3D effects were superlative. BUT, the writing left a lot to be desired.
James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) still has to prove himself as a competent captain of the Starship Enterprise. He has this unfortunate tendency of not following orders and following his gut instincts which compromises the safety of his crew and the ship. His actions are more or less guided by sentiment. The character appears an overgrown teenager not much wiser at the end of the movie. We also see more of the human side of Spock (Zachary Quinto) in his “bromance” with Kirk and the odd tender scene with Uhura (Zoe Saldana). The old Spock is so dissociated from the new Spock that the latter seems a totally different character!! And the younger one is so insecure that he has to dial the older Spock’s number for advice? Has Nimoy become the futuristic soothsayer and has the present audience been sucked into the black hole of recycled themes of the original universe? The character of Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) is not allowed to develop into a mega evil one because of the focus on action. He does not stand out as any special villain. I think he came in a little too early in the series; the screen writers did not wait for the development of a deep relationship to build between Kirk and Spock which is the crux of the old episode. Of course, the new generation knows nothing about the old Khan but shouldn’t the writers be writing new stories?

And what’s with the long leather trench coats? That seems to be a new symbol of evil in movies. And as some reviewer (Nordling) pointed out why bother Khan for platelets or whatever when there is a shipload of cryonicised superhuman members with super healing powers right there? And why is Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) in the movie—she is totally irrelevant to the storyline and seems to be inept even as a hostage. Her underwear scene is totally ridiculous.
The Enterprise team really solidifies under the leadership of Kirk. Scotty (Simon Pegg) bears special mention as the strong, humorous, principled character who reminds Kirk that their mission is exploration of the universe not extracting revenge by hurling torpedoes against Klingons. It all ends well for the Enterprise but one mustn’t dwell too deeply on the grey areas of revenge, disobedience and rebellion. The object of the movie is entertainment which prevalent in abundance.
The movie has no groundbreaking issues to deal with like its predecessors did; in that sense it is a disappointing venture. It offers no thought provoking elements, nothing to place it in the context of the twenty-first century other than the graphics. It is not so bold, after all, to go where no man has gone before.

Release date: May 17, 2013 (USA)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Prequel: Star Trek
Production company: Bad Robot Productions
Genres: Action film, Science Fiction, Adventure film
Stars: Chris Pike, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin
Rating: 3.5 out of 5