Star Trek Into Darkness
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
The story is hardly new, and some of the dialogue is on the clunky side - but by marrying a vividly energetic aesthetic to all the unflinching bleakness, Sam Holland has crafted an arresting calling card.
Redemption and comeuppance are divided accordingly in a bullet-riddled finale, thankfully polishing off enough of the cast to signal an end to this wreck of a film.
| Original Score: 1/5
As a film it's powerful if flawed; as a calling card it's extremely impressive; and as a state-of-the-nation snapshot it's, frankly, terrifying.
| Original Score: 3/5