The sequel to 2009's Lens Flare: The Motion Picture has finally landed on DVD and Blu-Ray in Australia, and I have just had the incredible privelege of witnessing this wonderful film for myself. And let me tell you; if you were hoping for more of the flares, and the pretty colors and effects flooding the screen in this one, then you will not be disappointed. Into Darkness is a must-see for lovers of Lens Flare.
Director JJ Abrams' immense talent is on full display here. Let it not be said that JJ is a man who truly understands the fine art of lens flares. Indeed the effects are brought to life in such a magnificent and colorful manner the likes of which most moviegoers may never see again; at least until major advances in the field of optometry. Don't be surprised if there's a few oscar nominations on the way, JJ. Best use of reflections of light, and CGI to distract from mediocrity is very much in the bag. Sorry, Man of Steel.
Writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof's attempt to deliver a fun multiplayer game of Count the Plotholes, is once again a great success. Our friends and I improvised this time 'round, and opted instead for drink a shot of Wild Turkey every time a deus ex machina occurs. Needless to say, by the 30th minute, we were sprawled across each other in a naked, bodily-fluid-soaked mess, shouting the lyrics to Danny Boy. Good times.
Zachary Qunto is in fine form here, once again delivering a staggering performance hidden somewhere beneath layers of distracting visual effects. So too does the man with the most awesome name in the world, Benedict Cumberbatch, as the superhuman Khan, and Chris Pine's portrayal of Final Fantasy IX's Zidane was pretty spot-on.
Overall, Into Darkness is a solid sequel to the hit 2009 film, and well worth a rent. Keep a pair of sunglasses handy.
Score: 3 and a half lens flares out of 5.
Other recommendations: LSD, staring at the sun through a magnifying glass.