In the previous franchise we've seen a huge conflict between the Romulans and the USS Enterprise. After its wrap up the enterprise set coast to explore new worlds and civilizations which are barely left in this universe.
So Into Darkness straights with Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) trying to save the populace of the Planet Nibiru as they attempt to stop the volcanic eruption and plant an de-cooling element in there. So when Kirk violates the major rules of the enterprise, he's been taken out of charge as the captain of the ship and is been demoted as the first officer under Christopher Pike (Bruce Greenwood).
After the attack on the starfleet officials meeting on earth by Commander John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) who was also responsible for the attacks on the star fleet office in London, Admiral Marcus orders Kirk (the newly appointed captain after Pike's death) and his team to attack John with the 72 shield threaded torpedoes which contains an unknown material which is yet to be discovered. But John beams up to Kronos of the Klington territory which the enterprise should not enter. When Kirk, Uhura and Spock travel to Kronos to take down John, they were been stopped by the Kronos patrol ships and orders them for an immediate landing. When Uhura tries to negotiate with the Kronos men when John abruptly attacks the Kronos army and surrenders himself to Kirk when he discovers the number of torpedoes which were set to kill him is of a high range.
When John is been taken back to the enterprise he asks them to open the shielded torpedoes to discover what's really inside them. Kirk orders McCoy (Karl Urban) and Calory Marcus (Alice Eve) to examine the torpedoes in which they hit upon several dead bodies who were in cyro sleep for 300 years and were actually the personnels of John who later reveals his identity as Khan Noonien Singh. How did these chaotic issues end? Watch Into Darkness.
Now the story didn't add too many substances to it. I would rather say that its a simple but a thinkable plot and JJ Abrams have done a freaking good job for keeping it engaging for almost 2hrs. In few segments it really felt like its gonna open something new, something original in its plot but it really ended up quite brilliantly. Probably its like a maze, but finally you're gonna end up with an answer.
The 3D is quite astonishing for a while, it really dint disappoint me like Ironman 3. But its well organised on the whole. Best cinematic experience you can get when you watch it in 3D and in IMAX. I guess few scenes were shot in IMAX format, and you can probably sense the change before you.
Gotta mention another plus point of the movie was it do not have any funny humour segments, it doesn't really give the action-comedy thrill. Lots of emotional drama is been carried out between the characters. Much needed humour and the characters were really well crafted, they're given much needed importance which is quite necessary and that bromance between Spock and Kirk carried out really well, it really moved me for a while and that's the major credit I wanna give to Abrams.
In fact the performances in the movie really improved than its sequel, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto were great. Zoe Saldana, Anton, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Alice Eve, Karl Urban all had done a decent except for Benedict Cumberbatch. He was mind blowing undoubtedly the best badass performances of the year. His style, his attitude, his delivery of dialouges was just remarkable. Damn! He really is like a Joker or Loki for the film. A one many army. Fantastic!
How good is JJ Abrams? I was quite cynical before going to the movie, I dint really thought it would turn this amazing. Abrams really lived up to all expectations of the prequel. He delivered the best summer fun, the best you could choose, when you're really in a dilemma. He just know how to really deliver the best fun. The special effects, the humour, the performances, the story all the segments worked out really well. More often its a good teamwork a well organised one. And Abrams can go with another sequel, he really is a fine talent to direct these kinda action genres.
Finally, Into Darkness is one of the best movies I've seen in 13. It has all the segments for a kickass action movie. If you're Trekkie, go watch it. A marvel fan? go watch it too! It has loads of fast paced action elements. Wonderful effects which will never disappoint you in the end.
My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (Excellent)
-By Surya Komal aka KM