Review: Stars trek into a successful movie

Everyone knows “Star Trek” is set in the distant future (2259 to be exact), but that doesn’t stop director J.J. Abrams from starting the movie with a civilization that “has barely invented the wheel.”

The movie opens with a pan through a cloud of volcanic ash, revealing a Class M Planet: Nibiru. The volcano is about to erupt and the voyagers of the Starship Enterprise are trying to save the planet.

Spock (Zachary Quinto), Captain Kirk’s (Chris Pine) first officer, descends into a volcano to deactivate it and save the planet. However, the rope connecting him to a shuttle snaps and the crew is not able to bring Spock up. The only way to save Spock is to beam him up, which requires a direct line of sight.

Kirk puts Spock’s life ahead to the Starfleet policy of not letting the natives see the starship and pulls the Enterprise out of the ocean in full view of the natives and beams Spock up. Although his life has been saved, Spock is angry because he adheres to all rules.

When they get back to the Starfleet headquarters in San Francisco, Kirk is relieved of his duties as Captain of the Enterprise by Admiral Pike for breaking the rules. Viewers would think the rest of the movie has to do with Kirk’s demotion, but that is not the case.

The rest of the movie revolves around a man by the name of John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is later revealed to be the villain Khan. Cumberbatch steals the movie with his good looks, magical voice, and amazing acting.

Khan’s story is heartfelt, but a bit confusing at times with too many components that seem irrelevant. In fact, the script itself has many different twists and turns, but not always for the better. A few parts feel unnecessary in terms of moving the plot forward.

One of the greatest scenes in the movie occurs in Khan’s first appearance (as John Harrison). He offers to save a girl’s life who is in critical condition. We see her father make a split second decision to trust this mysterious man with his daughter’s life. This scene, like many others in the movie, has no dialogue, yet it is extremely moving. Scenes like this show Abrams’ powerful and beautiful direction.

The soundtrack is wonderful as well. It is futuristic, but not in an annoyingly cliche way. Melancholic music foreshadows many of the more depressing scenes, and silence in the background makes it even more serious.

As well as the soundtrack, visuals play a very important role in this science fiction movie. Most of it is set in space, and the rest in a futuristic San Francisco with hover cars and aliens. The stars and planets are visually striking and beautiful.

All the components that make this movie great contribute to the theme best summed up by Spock’s line, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” This powerful message is woven throughout the movie.

For a sci-fi movie packed full of aliens and out-of-this-world technology, the characters’ true emotions and humanity reveal Abrams’ brilliant directing. Live long and prosper.

Our Grade: B

“Star Trek: Into Darkness”

Rating: PG-13

Length: 131 minutes

Genre: Sci-Fi

Director: J.J. Abrams

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch