Star Trek Into Darkness is the second part of J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the franchise. It feels like it is made rather than directed as it delivers sensation right on cue and has enough twists with the characters to keep fans captivated.
The movie is about the search for a traitor that takes place for two hours. It delivers what it is supposed to do but it doesn’t have a distinctive style or personality. It feels like it is churned by a machine. The first J.J Abrams Star Trek movie managed to earn $385 million in worldwide box office and it is expected that the sequel would follow closely to that amount.
The full team is back the U.S.S. Enterprise for Star Trek Into Darkness. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana play their characters for the second time. Also back are writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
But even in 3D Imax, Star Trek Into Darkness looks flat. The images are pale and bleached out. The shallow depth of field on most shots doesn’t work with the point of the format. While most major releases in the past couple of years employed great visual quality, this movie takes several steps backward.
But don’t think for a second that Star Trek Into Darkness is a boring movie. It is far from it. Characters are provided with snippets of human dimensions. These are not essential to the story but they create feelings that were not experienced in old Star Trek episodes or the past 11 movies.
The returning actors are perfect for their roles. Benedict Cumberbatch asserts treachery via his deep voice. One thing noticeable in this movie is that Abrams is less imaginative. He uses little style or flights of imagination. People are hoping that he doesn’t do the same as he takes on Star Wars.