I grew up with the original Star Trek series and regard it as one of my all time favourite science fiction space opera sagas. Nothing can compare with the original series, but I do like Next Generation and I sort of enjoyed the first 3 movies. With this history as a trekkie, I was looking forward to getting Into Darkness on DVD, as I quite enjoyed the first of the new ST movies, even though they totally screwed around with the historical facts, ie New Vulcan. I watched every single episode of the original series and not once did Leonard Nimoy mention “New Vulcan,” but still, I digress. Back to Into Darkness.
My uneasiness at this new crop of ST movies has grown as a result of watching Into Darkness. This is due to two things. The first is the constant stealing of original plot lines and I was, quite frankly, shocked and distressed as I sat through the ‘radiation room’ scene. How dare they steal such a poignant scene from Wrath of Khan. The only thing that was missing was the “the needs of the one,” speech. That shows me that the movie makers lacked enough creative ability to come up with something new and original and I can do nothing but condemn them for it.
The second thing is the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Kahn. This has to be the worst casting in movie history. All trekkies know there can only ever be one kahn, Ricardo Montalban. Not only did they cast an English speaking actor in the role, but he’s also white and thin. They could at least of got an actor with a mediterranean complexion, an accent and some pecs. They even had Spock yelling “KAAAAAHHHHHHHN.” Oh please, just shoot me now. The characterisation of Kahn was way off too. This new one was totally cold and calculating, whereas the real Kahn had wit and charm, as well as being sexy. Benedict’s Kahn was more of a robot than a humanoid.
I saw a few reviews for this movie when it first hit the cinemas, but I wanted to wait until it came out on DVD and give it a chance, being a trekkie myself, but I have to say, I’m totally disappointed in it.
I give Star Trek Into Darkness, 2 out of 5 stars, and that’s just for the special effects and the pleasure of seeing Karl Urban again.