Star Trek Into Darkness

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Director: J.J. Abrams

Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Gene Roddenberry

Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, Leonard Nimoy, Bruce Greenwood, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor, Amanda Foreman, Jay Scully, Jonathan Dixon, Katie Cockrell, Kellie Cockrell, Jason Matthew Smith

Synopsis: 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.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence

Warning: Contains Adult Language. Parental Discretion is advised.

To Boldly Go Where No One Has Before

Revenge is a dish best served cold...

After four years of waiting, Paramount has released the long anticipated sequel to "Star Trek." Was it worth the wait? Or was it a failure? Well, lets go over my thoughts of J.J.'s previous Trek film first, and then we'll go from there.

As some of my readers know, I did love the first movie quite a bit, and I did applaud J.J. for breathing new life into the franchise. Although I didn't really care for how Kirk goes from a starfleet graduate to automatically getting a captain's chair on the enterprise, after his first mission. However, the rest of film was played rather well, as it delved deeper into the friendship that Kirk and Spock shared. Not only showing their strengths, but also utilizing their differences as well; thus creating strong epic moments, while going over themes that even the original show never dared to explore. For example, the reboot focuses more on Spock's internal struggle to fit in the world, as he's half Vulcan and half human.

Plus, with Kirk's carefree style attitude, and Spock's "by the book" nature, then you'd figure there would be a lot of tension between them at first. Needless to say, J.J. Abrams does an excellent job dealing with these issues, while delivering an action packed "Star Trek" film that the franchise desperately needed to survive.

However, as for this new movie, "Star Trek Into Darkness", it not only meets the hype, but it surpasses it. The film was action packed, and it also featured various references to the original TV series that worked rather well. It was also interesting that the computer sounds on the bridge were almost reminiscent of the 60's TV series, as I'm sure many die hard Trekkies will love to see.

As for the visual aspects of this movie, I have to say that "Star Trek Into Darkness" features arguably some of the best visual effects that I've ever seen in a "Star Trek" film. Not only were the effects very realistic, but "Star Trek Into Darkness" also features the best action sequences you'll ever find in a "Star Trek" movie.

Needless to say, if you loved the first "Star Trek" film, then I have no doubt you'll love this one as well. The action scenes are very well directed, and shot. The scope and feel of this movie is surprisingly enhanced, to where the stakes are dramatically higher this time around.

However, that doesn't mean that "Star Trek Into Darkness" is perfect by any means either. Although I did enjoy the film, I'd be lying if I said the movie didn't have it's share of plot holes, and felt the climax of the film between the protagonist and antagonist didn't feel a bit cliched if I'm to be honest.

Don't get me wrong, the climax was action packed and full of suspense that I'm sure most moviegoers will love, but it just felt unoriginal and very uninspired to say the least. Before the climax, "Star Trek Into Darkness" had such a great character driven build up with the characters. It not only explored the friendship that Kirk and Spock shared a bit more, but it also paid great homage to one of the classic "Star Trek" films of the past; while adding in a subtle twist to it. Therefore, it was almost kind of sad that the big epic climax was nothing more than a fistacuffs fight between the antagonist and protagonist on top of flying vehicles.

Granted, it was still a very well choreographed fight scene, and it was shot very well. However, a fistacuffs fight scene seems kind of uninspired considering how the last film took a lot of lot of chances with it's epic climax, and it paid off well. Whereas this movie, it takes some chances, but the climax is nothing more than a fistacuffs fight scene. However, it doesn't ruin the movie by any means, as it's definitely worth seeing.

As for the plot holes throughout the movie, they're not that big of a deal, as I'm sure most movie fans won't notice it. However, there are some details it leaves out, like it never explains how Scotty (Simon Pegg) manages to sneak aboard a starfleet heavily militarized ship undetected. Granted, he's an engineer, so one could argue that he may have used his ingenuity to sneak in undetected. However, for a militarized ship, you'd think they'd have better security than that.

However, the movie itself is very entertaining, and Benedict Cumberbatch plays an excellent villain in this movie. In fact, I would dare even say that he might be arguably better than the previous actor that played his part originally.

As for the rest of the cast, audiences can definitely tell that each actor takes the roles they had from the previous ones, and defines them even more as their own. Granted, they each still possess the slight mannerism of their predecessors, but it never resorts to imitation.

Overall, I'd have to give this movie the exact same rating I would've given the last film (I didn't have a rating system in place when I reviewed the last movie), and that rating is a three and a half out of four. If you're a huge Trekkie, or even just a science fiction action fan, then "Star Trek Into Darkness" fails to disappoint. Also, if you can see this film in 3-D, then it's definitely worth it. But if you can't afford it, then regular 2-D works just as well.

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Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD

I saw this movie just recently and I was floored by it. I am currently writing a hub on a tv series, but after that I am writing my review of this film. Benedict Cumberbatch was amazing as were Quinto and Pine but I was a little disappointed by how little the rest of the crew was around. I understand the reasoning behind it, but they had lesser roles then they did in the first film in the series.

Overall great review bud


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lisa42 3 years ago from Sacramento

I can't wait to see it!


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

@lisa42

well i hope you enjoy the movie whenever you see it.


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

@nickalooch

Well sadly with a cast that big, not everyone will be able to get equal screen time. However, I'm with you that I think it was great movie in it's own right. Although I'm hoping Abrams returns for star trek 3, as I'd love to see him round this off as a trilogy. but then again, i doubt that'll happen, as i think he'll be busy with star wars instead. anyways, thanks for stopping nickalooch, as i can't wait to read your review on this film soon.


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Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD

I realize that is the reasoning for their reduced screen time. Chekov and Sulu I think were the biggest casualties of this.

I meant to ask before, any chance you checked out my webseries?


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

Great review on a very good movie. My only complaint was the fact that they did not make Khan the bad guy the whole movie. Great screen villians do not get to look like heroes for 40% of the movie. Khan was the villian for the first 30% of the movie, then a hero for the middle 40% of the movie and then back to the villian for the final 30%.

Voted up and useful....I really liked the Robot Chicken video you included.


Beth37 3 years ago

So looking forward to this. Thanks Steven.


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

@beth37

Yw. I hope you like the movie. Thanks again for stopping by.

@cogerson

Thanks. Which robot chicken video are you talking about? To be honest, i think they were just trying to make khan more of a complex villain this time around instead of going for the black and white he's the straight up villain type. However, I'm with you though. I do think the original "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" was arguably the best one that featured khan in it before.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by bruce, as it's always a pleasure.

@nickalooch

Yeah I think you're right about that. However, I'm curious to see where the story goes from here though. I know some people have speculated the it might lead into a full scale war with the klingons which could be epic if you ask me.

As for your web series, I did watch it yesterday. I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner on this, as I've just been kind of busy with some things lately. Mostly just working and fixing things with my gf. However, we seemed to have worked it out though.

I honestly thought the webseries was very good from what i saw. I'm kind of curious to see where you'll take the story from here, as I can definitely see a lot of great narrative possibilities.

I tried to look for your other channel that you had mentioned called "AbandonYourFreetime", but I couldn't find it. However, i did subscribe to the "Abandon Hope Series" one though, as I can hardly wait for the next episode.


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Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD

Well I appreciate it buddy. AbandonYourFreetime had just been created a s we are putting goofier things there. I am even doing Video Reviews on there. As for the show, the first few episodes were a bit rough if you ask me as we weren't the best of actors lol. What I have learned though is that i absolutely love being behind the camera, and I think the show looks the best when I am behind the camera.

I hope things work out between you and your gf though man.


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

Thanks, and I hope so too. i hope things go well for you on your show. It seems like you have a great premise already, as I'm curious where you'll take the story from here.

I thought about doing more video reviews myself, but i need to get a better cam though first. the one i have has a broken stand, so it's not stable. oh well. i guess i could always use super glue to fix it, and problem solved.

So what made you guys decide to start your own webseries though? was it hard to get into?


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Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD

After all the film classes I had taken and the fact that I love to create stories I asked my friend if he'd be interested in creating a webseries with me (he is in it, Zack, who also writes on here to) The toughest part of it I would say is the acting. The three of us have a very good chemistry together but sometimes it can be really difficult to keep a straight face when around each other. I have done acting before but they haven't so we decided to keep the script at the bare minimum allowing us all freedom to improvise. After awhile I got tired of it and the recent episode was fully scripted. Overall I would say that we have consistently gotten better but I absolutely love being behind the camera. It is something that you just have an eye for. When I am not behind the camera I tend to overthink and worry how the shot looks. The episode we are filming now though is the most ambitious one we have done yet. We are very proud of it thus far too.

As a whole though before filming we planned out the show for an entire season (16 episodes) and we left plot points throughout the season that could lead to future seasons if need be. One being a villain of sorts that we are introducing in episode 9. Legitimately, in my apartment we have a room of story boards for the entire show.

Back on the topic of acting though, I think I am the worst, but I will always be my hardest critic.


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

Well I can't wait to see them then. as far as you being your worst critic goes, I can understand where you're coming from in a sense, as I'm kind of the same way myself when it comes to things; particularly on this site. lol.


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Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD

I literally cannot watch the show. I almost cringe every single time i come on. Then I think about reviews on here, I could almost never re-read them to myself. Like of course i proofread before i'd publish an article but still. I am my own worst enemy lol. That is the trouble of being creative though, a lot of actors are like that.

I am glad you are enjoying it though. It is a long process, that is for sure.


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

I'll bet. Were you guys planning on doing other shows though?


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trusouldj 2 years ago from Indiana

I haven't seen it just yet ... Just curious ... Would you like to see a crossover with the Next Generation or other casts?


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

I doubt that'll ever happen to be honest, as I think Paramount is trying to sell Star Trek to the younger audiences these days, so it's doubtful that we'll ever see any crossovers with any other star trek cast members. Although I'd love to see a Star Wars vs. Star Trek movie someday, but it'll never happen. I already know that, but one can only dream. lol. anyways, thanks for stopping by.


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Snakesmum 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Enjoyed the film, once I got used to the different actors playing the parts. Remember the tv series well, and even though it's old stuff now, still remember it fondly.


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Stevennix2001 22 months ago Author

That's cool. I'm glad to hear you liked the new movie. It's been ages since I've seen the original series. Although I've been recently watching a few reruns of the next generation though. Anyways, thanks for stopping by to check out my hub. :)

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