May 16, 2013

"My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?"
Star Trek on its era was a guilty pleasure for everyone from all ages. Not only does it provide a journey to the unknown imaginative planets with their unique civilizations, it also offers a hell of tech savvy that everyone (even until now) keeps dreaming about. We remember the intergalactic (huuugeeee) spaceships, we remember all the English facile aliens, we remember the effort of sticking our two index fingers to create a perfect Vulcan salute, and we surely remember Vulcan's ridiculous bangs. When J.J Abrams did a reboot of those awesomeness back in 2009, truthfully saying, I thought it was gonna be one hell of a failure, just like any other reboots out there. But then, J.J Abrams surprised me somehow. His version of Star Trek was fresh, funny and adventurous, without missing its originality. Because of the reasons above, I set quite a up-high expectation on this following sequel, and I've never been so true in my entire life.

When Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) purposedly violates Starfleet protocol by saving Spock (Zachary Quinto)'s life during an exploratory, he is reprimanded, stripped of his command and lost his ship and his bestfriend. But then, the situation quickly changes after devastating bombing on a research facility by a terrorist named John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), that Kirk is again back on his ship with a new misson : to track down the fugitive to Kronos and kill him. But what Kirk and Spock and their entire crew don't know is that there's something more behind it, something even bigger than none of them could have imagined.

After carefully building Star Trek world in the first movie, J.J Abrams then continue to rise up by making a whole new level of Starship Enterprise; forget about their famous mission as in "to epxlore strange new worlds and to seek out new life and new civilization", they're now going on a war, purposedly, as carefully avoiding the word "to avenge". It's funny though how the word "darkness" in the title doesn't really fit the whole experience caused by this movie. Star Trek Into Darkness manages to find the fresh side, the funny side, without losing its gripping tension, exhalarating thrill and full-packed action and jammed-up technogasm. The plot is steady, the pace is well-maintained. There's no use of word boring when you watch this 132 mins movie. The climax hits right at its moment, the twists are enjoyable and the little jokes help. Not to mention the expensive visual effect and CGI, giving you the most breathtaking sets you could ever imagined. Though I didn't watch it in 3D (which is highly recommended), I could feel the depth, the adventure brought within, not just slapping and throwing things right into our eyes. And the appearance of the more advanced phantom ship doesn't hurt either. It is beyond imaginable.

The performances of the casts are outstanding. Chris Pine once again nails his role of young Captain Kirk, with his witty charisma and reckless-impulsive behaviour and that beautiful blue eyes. Simon Pegg surprisingly brings laughter to the entire theatre with his performance as Scotty. The newbies Alice Eve as Dr. Carol Marcus and Benedict Cumberbatch as the vigilante named Khan are memorable; they steal the scene. But, the true star here is Zachary Quinto who plays Spock. Spock somehow becomes the center of attention in this movie when he struggles of allowing his human feeling siding with his Vulcan's logic. In a scene, he almost made me cried, literally. Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and John Cho who roles Uhura, Bones and Sulu are just another bling in the galaxy, but they sure are all amazing.

Despite its nearly flawless performance, Star Trek Into Darkness fails to touch the terrorism itself and how it affects and changes people. I don't know if it's supposed to focus more on the broad themes of techno clash or what, but I'd love to see more of Khan. The ending is acceptable, but I'd prefer it to be less "happily ever after" though I hate seeing the dearest died. 

Overall, Star Trek brings joyous, suspense, emotion and awe through the entire cinema, with the amazing visual and sounds sewn together into a perfect fit of a dream. A must watch movie at the moment. Do your Vulcan salute, because this movie is highly recommended!

One thing I urgently need to say to 21 Cineplex and Cinema XXI management. I watched Star Trek at Tunjungan Plaza XXI Surabaya Studio 1 yesterday. It might not bothers me at the first time that the fact the ticket cost more than any other studios out there in Surabaya (moreover, it was only 2D), but I was (and still am) dissapointed of the sound quality provided there. If I'm not mistaken (which preferably not), Studio 1 supposed to be the best studio among all other studios (it's number one after all), but I experienced a disturbing moment when I watched Star Trek there yesterday. At first, I thought it was only the trailer which sounded a little glitchy, and it continued to do so until the movie ended. Not only that, at some scenes, the volume somehow tuned down and dimmed. I'm highly dissapointed because of that; doing soundcheck first wouldn't hurt, it was premiere date after all, everybody's been waiting for Michael Giacchino's amazing, blaring and heartstopping scores and yet we experienced a theatre watch with the quality of scratched piracy disc. I really hope by me complaining here would help others and the management to prevent. Thank you.

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