Star Trek Into Darkness
There will be a lot of spoilers ahead. You have been warned.
I would like to start by saying I am not a big fan of Star Trek. I never have really watched any of the television shows, although I have tried. I just cant get into them. However, I do enjoy the characters and movies. In fact, Star Trek aside, Wrath of Kahn is one of my all time favorite films. What makes it great is that you don’t have to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy it…the film is great enough to hold it’s own.
However, in 2009, when the STAR TREK reboot was released, it was something I enjoyed quite a bit and was very much looking forward to this sequel.
I have not been this disappointed since Prometheus.
So, if you have not surmised by now, the bad guy is indeed Kahn, although it is not revealed until half way into the film. In fact, up until then, the film is quite enjoyable. After the reveal is made, the movie goes into full Wrath of Kahn remake mode. Really. They try to squeeze all of the greatness of Wrath of Kahn into about an hour of movie. And it never adds up.
In what I assume is an effort to remake the film and pay homage to it, Abrahams simply recreated moments from WoK without understanding what made the original ones so great. He changes situations slightly, and a different character says an exact line of dialogue that was said in the original. It gets so bad that the film gets embarrassingly predictable. Right down to the “KAAAAAAAHHHHHHNNNN” scream. And it simply does not work.
At no point did I feel threatened by this Kahn. There is no history between Kahn and Kirk, and therefore no tension. They try to artificially create that tension, but it falls flat when Kirk and Kahn are on screen together.
Star Trek Into Darkness is a sufficient sequel to the original if you have nothing invested in the franchise. On that level it is an enjoyable film. However, since they made the attempt to remake not only the best Star Trek film, but one of the greatest science fiction films, it falls very, very flat.