Trek – Into Darkness

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After the success of Star Trek (2009), director J.J Abrams, who is well known for record breaking films such as the Mission Impossible series, Armageddon and Super 8, has returned once again with yet another installment of Star Trek.

Continuing with the thirst for exploration, the Star Fleet Crew prepare for further exploration of undiscovered civilization. The USS Enterprise, headed by James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) – also known as Jim, finds itself in yet another dilemma when their first officer Spock enters a primitive planet in the system of Nibiru. In attempt to stop a volcano from wiping out an entire civilization, Commander Kirk, Lt. Commander Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) intervene, revealing the USS Enterprise to an outside entity. This action causes Kirk to lose command of the Enterprise, only to be reinstated due to a tragic attack on Star Fleet by Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), a genetically engineered superhuman. In retaliation, the crew of Enterprise; Spock, Bones, Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), Nyota (Zoe Saldana), Carol (Alice Eves) and Pavel (Anton Yelchin) set out to fight Khan under the leadership of Kirk. Along the way, they encounter many obstacles, including the wrath of the Cyleon people, an enemy of Star Fleet. How they overcome these obstacles and discover the truth behind Khan’s revival and master plan is a story not to be missed.

The highlights of the film are the brilliant visual and sound effects, the story line, captivating scenery and Spock and Kirk’s friendship. J.J Abrams proves himself yet again with “Into the Darkness”. Despite having battled Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby, the film did far better than expected. It earned $31.7 million from seven foreign markets on its first weekend, which was far superior to its predecessor, Star Trek. It earned $13.5 million on its opening day in the United States, lower than the $30.9 million Star Trek earned in its first week, but caught up quickly. The film went on to earn $22 million the following Friday. It earned $70.6 million in its opening weekend landing the top spot in the United States and continues to do well at the box office.

Chris Pine’s portrayal of Jim Kirk and his chemistry with Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto is commendable while Cumberbatch has made Khan a villain one will ever forget. As the second consecutive Star Trek film to do well in theaters, the film has confirmed the breaking of Star Trek’s age old curse of a hit and flop scenario. It continues to be released around the world with foreign subtitles. Don’t miss out on this epic adventure. Fuze gives it 4.5 stars.

Author: Diana Lydia

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Editor: Rahmina C. 

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