Thursday, May 16, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness Movie Review

Star Trek Into Darkness Movie Poster
I'm a big fan of the Star Trek tv series: from the original to Star Trek: The Next Generation, to Voyager.  I have to admit that the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise series never properly grew on me.  I'm also a tremendous fan of science fiction movies that explore far future, time travel, and of course space themes.  

It is in that spirit that I saw the advance movie screening of Paramount Pictures's Star Trek: Into Darkness. I had seen the 2009 Star Trek movie and had liked the feel of it, as well as the cast.  When I learned that the same cast had returned for Into Darkness, it was a rare treat.  I had really enjoyed Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, Zackary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Bones, Simon Pegg as Montgomery Scott, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov and John Cho as Hikaru Sulu.

Star Trek: Into Darkness was directed by J.J. Abrams, with a screenplay by Robert Orci.  Although I can only speculate why it's called Into Darkness, as a taste for things to come in subsequent sequels, I can tell you it was fast-paced, exciting, and had lots of great comedic lines from Spock, Bones, Scott and Chekov.  It was gorgeous to watch on the big screen, but I don't think that the 3D experience improved on the movie.    There was also a big surprise regarding nemesis Benedict Cumberbatch's identity (I don't want to spoil it if you haven't seen it).      

Into Darkness begins on an M-class (life sustaining) planet that is about to be annihilated by an active volcano.  The inhabitants are quite primitive, and are at the stage where they're yet to "discover the wheel".  As always, Captain James. T. Kirk and his crew are bound by the "prime directive" of not interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations.  However, the prime directive is challenged when the USS Enterprise must show itself in order to complete a daring rescue mission.

After the prime directive is contravened, a report to Star Fleet is filed and Kirk is fired as ship's Captain.  Captian Pike (Bruce Greenwood, who is terrific in the role), puts in a good word for Kirk, and asks him to join him as his First Officer.  After Kirk agrees, there is a major terrorist incident in Star Fleets "archives" room, and all the heads of Starfleet convene to strategize.  

I don't want to spoil all of the film's surprises, but Cumberbatch makes a Matrix-esque entrance, long black jacket and all.

Without revealing the entire storyline, I have to say that I enjoyed Star Trek: Into Darkness, and would would recommend it to fans of action, science fiction, or the quintessential Star Trek fan.  The special effects--from the sights, to the sounds--were excellent, although I did find the story a little slow moving in parts, especially when it came to developing Cumberbatch's story.  However, Cumberbatch's character was absolutely mesmerizing, and I struggled to see if I could believe his story.

I would recommend Star Trek: Into Darkness if you're looking for a fast-paced thrill ride!

Are you planning on seeing Star Trek: Into Darkness?  What is your favourite genre of movies?        

9 comments:

  1. I hadn't even heard of this movie yet! I have to admit, I've never been a huge Star Trek fan...hehe, but I grew up watching some of it because my brother liked it. I do have some friends that may be interested in this movie :)

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  2. Thanks for the review; I watched star trek off and on when I was in high school. I haven't seen any of the movies though.

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  3. Looks really interesting. Not sure it is my type of movie but know lots of fans. I'll be sure to tell them about it.

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  4. Nice review. I honestly liked this movie more than the first movie and that says a lot, since Star Trek still ranks as one of my favorite sci-fi movies of the past decade or so.

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    1. dtmmr, thank you! I stopped by to also read your review of Into Darkness on your own blog, and enjoyed it very much! I like your writing style and your review was fun to read.

      Jenna

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  5. I have never been a big star trek fan, but this looks good. However I will wait till it is on the movie channel.

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  6. Okay, I am a total Star Trek fan! Reminds me of my childhood! I grew up with brothers and all boy cousins. I was big into Star Trek and all things sci-fi!

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    1. Christine, I think you will enjoy the movie very much! It really held my attention.

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