Star Trek Into Darkness [movies]
Good news on the follow up to the brilliant 2009 reboot of Star Trek: for fans of futuristic action pectaculars, the new Star Trek film is well worth ponying up a tenner to see.
As with the last film, sound designer Ben Burtt of Star Wars fame has faithfully recreated and updated the bleeps, bloops and wibley-wibley noises heard on the original TV series. The action-packed opening sequence is so full of explosions, engine noises and more coming at you from all directions, it’s destined to be used on home cinema test discs for years.
It would almost worth making a special trip to an IMAX cinema to see the film for the sound alone, were it not for the irritating 3D. Rather than shooting it in 3D, JJ Abrams shot the film in 2D and converted it afterwards.
He has said that the film uses new post-conversion techniques to achieve a much better look compared to normal conversions, and sometimes it works well. When the Enterprise shoots into warp speed, for example, or during a spaceship battle that bears an uncanny resemblance to the one at the end of Return of the Jedi, the 3D pulls you into the action and it feels like you’re on a fairground ride.
It’s very fast-paced with loads of fighting, running, near warp-core breaches fixed in the nick of time and at least five movies’ worth of explosions.
At a few points it looks like the film might have something bigger to say about some of today’s important issues, such as the role of drones in fighting terrorists and whether evil people deserve a trial or should be quietly offed behind closed doors, but these quickly take a backseat to the action.
A few knowing references to the old material is always welcome, but this film takes some very famous moments and plays with them for its own ends.
Star Trek Into Darkness is a breakneck, enjoyable space movie and you don’t need to like, or have even seen, other Star Trek movies or episodes to enjoy it. It opens on 9 May in the UK and on 17 May in the US.
Let me know what you think of the movie when you’ve seen it in the comments below, and in the meantime, here’s a trailer:
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