James' Review of Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek Into Darkness(2013)
Star Trek Into Darkness is one of the best films of 2013, it's unforgettable and a total blast. Industrial Light and Magic are the kings of visual effects, and Star Trek is one of the finest looking movies ever rendered by the company, just look at the hover jet scene where Spock, Khan and Uhura battle it out, I've never felt so immersed and involved in a sci-fi movie this much since last year's Total Recall. Every location in space and on Earth looks real and each part of the Enterprise is super convincing. The beautiful 3D gets you in on the action even more as every object shoots out at you with ferocity, the depth effects are astounding as locations disappear into the background and flakes of dust and sparks hover off the screen, this is the most active and alive 3D of the year. Chris Pine's performance is brilliant as Kirk, I once thought he was a typical actor who only did silly rom-coms but damn he's good. Kirk still disobeys the rules and his ignorance costs him dearly, this is true character development, same goes to the rest of the cast who are equally gripping to watch, and best of all it's great to see every cast member get it on the action, and Saldana is back and better than before. Benedict Cumberbatch is fierce and merciless, his deep bass filled voice echoes sending chills down your spine as he utters every piece of dialogue, "I will walk over your cold corpses, and then I will recover my crew. . .Now, shall we begin?" I love the story, which constantly unfolds across different planets and then ends up with one of the best action packed finales since Transformers Dark of The Moon, where the Vengeance obliterates downtown San Francisco, then Khan and Spock battle it out on a hover-jet, the special effects here are probably the best of the year. I find this sequel far more entertaining than the first movie, don't get me wrong the first is truly amazing but Into Darkness lives up to it's sinister title delivering moments of shocking terror and brutality alongside blistering action.