Star Trek Into Darkness


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After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

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Director: J.J. Abrams

Writer[s]: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin

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I’ve been hugely excited to see this movie based on how much I enjoyed the first film and the cool marketing done for the film. Although it took me a few weeks, I finally got to the theater to see it, and I have to say, I wasn’t terribly impressed.

Director J.J. Abrams has created another intense action adventure with all his usual cool shots and CGI, and it does tie well with the first film, but now that we know that this man is going to direct the next Star Wars films, I can’t help but see some flaws in his works thus far. Everything he has made has been a fun summer film, but nothing has had any real lasting power or emotion or depth. He seems to be a well capable director of this era of comic-book, sci-fi style films, but is this all that he is capable of? Time will tell, I suppose.

Although I had fun watching the film, there were some terribly obvious logic holes in the film that I think any Trek-y would be able to catch. For example: the inconsistencies in Khan’s physical abilities to kick-ass, except when he is fighting the star members of the Enterprise; Chekov’s coming out of nowhere (while gravity is inverted) to save Kirk and Scotty; a saving the ship by kicking the warp drive thingy back into place (so you can completely destroy a ship’s engine by kicking it? Okay.); Bones taking out 72 cryo-tubes from the torpedoes in literally 7 minutes; more inconsistencies with beaming people around; and many more. It really detracted from the film, and I fear that everyone will see these as well as I did. Tied with those writing errors, the entire film was just another bland incarnation of very familiar story arcs and ideas, it just happened to look different than it has before.

Luckily, the acting and casting were very good for a Star Trek film, at least for me, a new fan the to series and show. I’m not sure how true Star Trek fans feel about all of this. Cumberbatch gets his biggest role ever, although definitely not his best, and he shines as the villain. Hopefully this turns more people onto his past and future works, which have pretty much all been excellent and should continue to be. The man is great. The film also does a great job of allowing all of the big characters and actors to have screen time and define themselves, just as the first one did. There is a lot of great interaction and dialogue for everyone, which I loved.

My Rating

3/4 – Star Trek Into Darkness manages to overcome major logic and plot holes and generic story arcs to actually be a pretty entertaining summer adventure film.

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