Review by Lucia Santiago Dantes
After the first installment of Star Trek to the millenium generation (2009) , J.J. Abrams return to theaters across the globe with “Star Trek Into Darkness”. We all remember in the first film were all the characters from the über famous TV series were presented with their new cast and sort of stablished the story of the young crew main characters: Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) Spok (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) Scotty(Simon Pegg) Hikari Sulu (John Cho) and Bones (Karl Urban) just to mention a few.
In “Into Darkness” the crew hasn’t left Earth yet and due to Kirk’s reckless decision during a mission at the Nibiru planet, his crew is dismantled, the Enterprise taken away from him and Kirk is demoted to a mere cadet. All of that given back after a terrorist attack in a London government facility which turns out to be secret facility known as Section 31. During a secret meeting it is revealed that the author of the bombing was former Starfleet agent John Harrison who also attacks during this meeting. Kirk manages to identify him and now if up to him and is crew on board of the Enterprise to find Harrison and kill him. Later we find out that John Harrison true identity is Khan Noonien Singh (Benedict Cumberbatch) a genetically engineered superhuman who was awakened from his 300 years cryosleep by Admiral Marcus to develop more powerful weapons for a possible war against the Klingon Empire.
Needless to say we are far away from those cute and outdated SFXs from the original series where most of the effects were achieved by sound and special “laser lights” drawn in post production. Certainly 3D benefits sci-fi productions like this. All these gadgets are more accordingly alikely to whatever the near future is holding for us, disregarding the other alien coworkers we might have, like vulcan Spok who keeps annoying everyone with his vulcan ways, even his girlfriend.
Indeed after this installment we can assume the next adventure will be in Space… the final frontier!
In case you are wondering, Khan did existed in the original Star Trek Universe, and it was played by Ricardo Montalbán (better known for his role as Mr. Roarke in the TV series “Fantasy Island”) Khan appeared in the episode “Space Seed” having the same backstory than the J.J. Abrams installment: a super human who once ruled the earth but things go awfully wrong when he and his people decide to kill any other inferior species, hence ending up in cryosleep.
The film is worth watching it, indeed is so worth watching, indeed so worthy that as soon as it ended I wanted to watch it again! so don’t miss it!