Yes, it’s the second Star Trek film by J.J. Abrams and yes he still loves the judicious use of lens flare. The flare is toned down from the first film but once you’re aware of it, it’s incredibly hard to not see everywhere.
Okay, with that out of the way I can now talk about the rest of the film. I’ll try to keep it brief so as to avoid big spoilers. It was good fun and well made with fantastic production design and special effects. The actors channeled their predecessors fairly well, some even better than the originals.
Then we come to the story. The makers of this film had the tough objective of keeping fans happy whilst maintaining enough mainstream appeal to make this film a successful blockbuster. For the most part they just about pulled this off. It did veer very close to the space fantasy territory that Star Wars occupies (hey, maybe they should get J.J. to direct the next star Wars!) and a little bit too far away from Roddenberry’s original science and philosophy vision, but that’s okay.
The real problem with this film is about two thirds of the way through, when plot and motives become a little blurred and convoluted, thus diluting the main villain. Without giving spoilers you’ll have to watch the film; trust me, you’ll understand if you see it.
As stated earlier: this is an immensely enjoyable film but I hope the franchise is brought back to TV where it can really rediscover its roots. Keep it set in the new cinematic universe and focus on another ship or situation maybe? A bit like what Marvel is doing with the new SHIELD tv show.
I can’t complain too much though: it is 2013 and new Star Trek is still being made, which is a good thing.
The Charred Earth Books are now available together in one volume. Click the picture below to be taken to its product page –
A man wakes up in Earth’s future. He has no idea who he is. He sets out on a journey of discovery… and has no idea that by waking up, a chain of events has been set in motion that will drastically change the planet forever. Despite being new to a world he does not know, the man unexpectedly finds himself in the unenviable position of having to save it.
The final book in the Charred Earth Trilogy has been published. Click on the picture below to be taken to its product page –
The oddly named man Char has chosen to confront the demon from his, and the world’s, past. He is going to do so with an unlikely group. Char is not sure he can call them friends; especially the enigmatic woman known only as Leaf 6. Unknown to them, events have been set in motion that fundamentally change the entire planet. What started out as a journey of discovery soon ends up as a mission to save all life on Earth.
The first book in the Charred Earth series, The House, is now permanently free at Smashwords. At Smashwords you can download the book in whichever format your device requires. So if you fancy reading some future Earth science fiction, go and check it out at the link below or click the image above –
It is the distant future and Earth appears to be at peace. Into this tranquil world a man from another era wakes up. Upon exploring his surroundings he finds the people to be friendly and helpful. However, he feels a malevolent presence is at work, not only in this new world but he fears also within him. A Novelette of 14,200 words, this is a speculative science fiction story with a hint of adventure and high technology. The first book in the Charred Earth series. This book is written in British English.
This book will become free at other online vendors in the near future.