Posted by: ckckred | May 29, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness

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I very much enjoyed the recent Star Trek reboot in 2009, which reimagined the famous TV series from the beginning of its roots.  It was a solid, entertaining blockbuster that was one of the best sci-fi films in recent years.  Now, director J. J. Abrams has made a sequel that lives up to its predecessor.  Star Trek Into Darkness is a film I wish more blockbusters would be like.  It’s a thrilling ride that’s fiercely entertaining and enjoyable.  While it isn’t without its flaws, it’s difficult not to like what’s on screen.

Star Trek Into Darkness takes place after the events of the first film.  After deadly terrorist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock fame) destroys a Federation building in London, James Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) join together again to stop this bomber.  The problem is Harrison has hidden in the Kinglon’s territory, threatening a possible war between the Federation and Kinglons.

I don’t have much familiarity with Star Trek, having only recently started watching the original series, but I found myself thoroughly engaged in the picture.  Star Trek Into Darkness has the best-set design since Minority Report and is stunning to look at.  I saw the movie in 2D, and it’s glorious to examine the visuals.

Star Trek: Into Darkness’ weakness, however, is its script.  I was worried when I heard that Damon Lindelof (of Lost and Prometheus fame) was attached to the project, since he’s notorious for adding major plot holes in his work.  This is evident in Star Trek Into Darkness, but not as severely as Prometheus.  And fortunately, Lindelof has strong enough actors to make up for his weakness as a screenwriter.  Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have great chemistry on screen and Simon Pegg provides great comic relief as Scotty.  Benedict Cumberbatch steals the show in his role.  If you haven’t seen Sherlock (which you should, it’s a great TV series), Cumberbatch is one of the strongest actors working on the small screen and gives an intensity to his role.

Surely to delight audiences, Star Trek Into Darkness is a fun-filled romp, an energetic sci-fi movie that will surely be one of the best blockbusters of the year.

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Responses

  1. It’s not playing here yet, but looking forward to seeing it (was in the UK last week, but did not have the time to see it unfortunately)

    • I highly recommend it.

  2. Glad you liked it, I haven’t made my way out to see this yet but I’m getting pretty excited for the Alice Eve scene…I mean the movie.

    • Haha, the Alice Eve scene’s only a few seconds but worth the price of an admission ticket.

      • Good to know…make sure I don’t hit the washroom during that scene.

    • Alice Eve in bra & panties is all in the trailer anyway. You don’t get any more in the film. Well, apart from that bit where the shower malfunctions in her quarters, and she has to call the Starship plumber to come and fix it, and then she accidentally drops her towel and one thing leads to another.

  3. Nice review man. Glad you enjoyed this, I thought it was a lot of fun. Had its flaws, as you say, but nothing too drastic that it ruined the film.

    • Thanks! Glad you agree. The script was a bit bumpy but didn’t hurt the film like Prometheus’ did.

  4. Glad you liked it too. I’m not really a Lindelof hater but I agree that some of the films issues can be traced to the writers (him included). For example, the way they wrote Alice Eve into the story. She was a complete throwaway character whose only purpose was to have an underwear shot. Little additions like that are what didn’t work for me. But I was able to back burner them. I had a lot of fun with this movie, more so than with the 2009 film. Lots of fun.

    • I liked this more than the 2009 version as well. Alice Eve’s character wasn’t necessary, and there were a few bumps in the script but there’s enough positives to keep the film moving. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Good review. Bunch of fun, even if you are a huge Trekkie.

    • Thanks! It was really fun to watch.

  6. Lindelof strikes again! 😀 You’re right CK, it’s a little frightening whenever his name comes up! Thankfully this one wasn’t as damaged as Prometheus, though both movies had big budget special effects and some great action to save the day. 😉

    • I was glad to see that the movie wasn’t as hurt by its script as Prometheus. It was a lot of fun to watch, and there were plenty of great action sequences. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Pretty much agreed. It’s flawed, sure, mainly due to some shoddy writing here and there, but the acting and the visuals more than make up for it. Nice review. 🙂

    • Thanks! Yeah, the writing’s a bit weak but the action makes up for it.

  8. Glad you agree about the Prometheus plotholes, they were definitely here but in much smaller numbers than I expected. Great review, glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    • Thanks! Yeah, Prometheus’ plot-holes really ruined the film. This had a few, but nothing drastic and I really enjoyed the picture.

  9. One of the strengths of this film is you can hardly register the weak spots because the pace is at warp speed. It’s only days later that you begin to think about flaws. There’s not that many! I loved it.

    • I enjoyed it as well. I didn’t start thinking about its flaws until a day after I saw it but it still a strong movie.

  10. I really enjoyed this one. That you enjoyed it in 2D is disappointing. Should’ve gone for IMAX 3D. 🙂

    • Yeah, I really liked this one. I didn’t see it in 3D because it was converted and I typically avoid 3D in general, but seeing it on IMAX must have been a spectacle. Thanks for commenting,

  11. I’m with you on this one. I absolutely loved this film. Had such a blast watching it. Am curious, like you I am pretty much totally unfamiliar with Star Trek (I’ve only seen the Abrams films). How are you finding the original series? I have been thinking of checking it out myself.

    • I’ve only seen the first few episodes and they’re pretty great. I had a lot of fun with the movie and I’m looking forward to the sequel.

  12. Best blockbuster of summer ’13. Loved it!

    • I enjoyed it as well. I haven’t seen much this year, but undoubtedly the best blockbuster.

  13. Glad you liked it. I loved it.
    The real star of the show is Benedict Cumberbatch, making a perfect villain. He made for a much more fleshed-out and memorable villain than Eric Bana’s Nero. He is intimidating in individual ways and managed to surprise me throughout. I also loved the way he executed his plan, it showed more cutting edge creativity than most modern blockbusters.

    • I really enjoyed it. Cumberbatch is a great actor and I thought he was really strong as (spoiler) Khan.

  14. Good review.

    I agree w/ you on the script and Lindelof’s involvement.

    The reviews of this film have been interesting. I’ve been noticing a trend of non-Star Trek guys really liking the film and Star Trek fans being dissapointed.

    • Thanks! Yeah, the script was the weakest part of the movie, but it was still pretty strong.


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