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Star Trek Into Darkness
Warning: Contains Adult Language, Suggestive themes, and adult situations. Parental Discretion is advised
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.