Friday, May 17, 2013

Film Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness [2013]


Director J.J. Abrams directs Star Trek: Into Darkness before he begins to switch to another sci-fi franchise Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. Spoilers are revealed through out this review. Star Trek 3 is expected to arrive in 2016 just in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek series.

John Harrison attacks Starfleet killing Admiral Christopher Pike and flees to the Klingon home world of Kronos. Captain James T. Kirk wants to go after Harrison who is a former Section 31 agent spying on the Klingons. Admiral Marcus allows Kirk to undergo a mission to Kronos with Dr. Carol Marcus who is his daughter of to capture Harrison and allow him to face justice.

After being forced to land and captured of the Klingons, Harrison comes to their rescue and asks for how many torpedoes on their ships which Kirk replies “72.” Harrison surrenders to Kirk and discovers the torpedoes contain a frozen human who is 300 years-old. Meanwhile Montgomery Scott inspects the coordinates on Jupiter that Harrison gave to Kirk

Harrison reveals his name is Khan was used by Starfleet to bring a war between the Klingons and Starfleet. Admiral Marcus intercepts the Enterprise and wants to take Khan back. Kirk sets a course for Earth while Admiral Marcus pursues him and fires on the Enterprise. Carol speaks to her father who prompting transports her to his ship. Kirk surrenders himself and asks for his crew to be spared. As Marcus begins to fire, Montgomery Scott who has sneaked onboard Marcus’ ship temporary disables the weapon systems.

Both Kirk and Khan team up and space jumps to Marcus’ ship with the help of Montgomery Scott. Khan, Kirk, and Scott seize the bridge with Carol Marcus. Khan kills Admiral Marcus and wants to exchange Kirk for his crew. The original Spock (Leonard Nimoy) appears and reveals who Khan was in his timeline.

Spock surrenders Khan’s crew who are in torpedo tubes and Khan beams Kirk, Carol, and Scott back to the Enterprise. Khan believes the Enterprise should go down with her captain. The final battle reminds us that this is a different timeline from the original and stays true to the original. An excellent Star Trek film reminding us through the darkness there is always hope.