So when Into Darkness begins with a James Bond/Indiana Jones type sequence that finds the Starship Enterprise crew half way through a mission on an exotic planet, count me on board! However, this is the films highlight in my opinion, which in turn becomes a blessing and curse as nothing really tops it. After this amazing opening, the movies story starts proper and we're sent on a journey of awesome special effects at break-neck speed.
The films story is relatively straightforward but is driven by several twists, some of these work better than others as a few feel a little forced. One criticism I would have is that none of the characters are overly well developed and so I was never really emotionally engaged with them when the twists came, that said the film is still extremely enjoyable.
Some of the movie marketing for this film has been criticised for looking like a generic sci-fi rather than a Star Trek film, with little focus on the Enterprise or space travel itself (this for me was actually a positive). Although the first half of the film lives up to its marketing, the second half is pretty much all set in space or on the Enterprise. This I wasn't expecting, I thought the movie would have been predominately set on earth or at least other planets and people sat on the deck isn't quite as exciting.
The movie has strong acting from it cast, great special effects/set pieces and some funny one liners. However, Into Darkness suffers from the same problem as Iron Man 3; in that it's a solid and fun adventure, but doesn't quite live up to the hype it's marketing campaign had built. Still highly recommended though.
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