Dazzling special effects and engrossing storylines usually characterized a J.J. Abrams produced sci-fi film. “Star Trek into the Darkness” is no exception. Excellent acting, eye-popping visual stimulation and a well-written, symbolic storyline lend this long-standing franchise’s one if its best films to date.
The story wastes no time diving into the question of morality. The center of this film is the essential question of “How far would you go for your loved ones?” Under the umbrella of this question, the main characters, Captain Kirk and Spock, question their handling of life and what they stand for.
Captain Kirk consistently challenges authority until one day his deicion to do so disrupts his command of The Enterprise. Kirk begins to questions his ability to be a good leader. He constantly attempts to prove to others — and to himself — that he is more than capable of the job.
As for Spock, he continues the battle between his Vulcan and human side. Spock tucks away his emotions for protection after his planet’s destruction. He uses logic in nearly every situation. However, events force him to question if logic really reigns the day.
The movie has little wrong with it. The special effects shall give any nerd tremors of delight down their spine. With the exception of the warp speed transition scenes, the sets looks so realistic, one may believe somewhere out in the world nearly identical technology truly exists.
However, the movie’s one fault is the assigned villain. Khan proves to be an excellent, conniving villain, somewhat reminiscent of The Joker from “The Dark Knight” (except far less sadistic). The storyline squanders Khan’s potential to be a villain remembered for years to come. As said, Khan takes a backburner to the true enemies of the Enterprise — the crew’s inner-self. He touches the brink of utter maniacal, skin-crawling villaintry, but falters at the last minute. His falter shows the one weakness of allowing internal struggles to outdo the villain. Although the story has more emotional depth, the quintessential villain’s role is diminished and has its’ punch whisked away.
Nevertheless, “Star Trek into the Darkness” adds a bright spot to the “Star Trek” legacy and manages to show more emotional depth than even some modern drama films.