Title: Star Trek Into Darkness (Official Site)
Tag Line: Beyond the darkness, lies greatness
Release Date: 17 May 2013
Runtime: 132 min
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Series or Standalone: Series
Where Seen: Theatre (Frankfurt + Screening)
Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Bad Robot
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Director(s): J.J. Abrams
Writer(s): Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Gene Roddenberry (TV Series)
Stars: Chris Pine (Captain James T. Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Bones), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov), John Cho (Sulu), Alice Eve (Dr Carol Marcus), Zoe Saldana (Nyota Uhura), Benedict Cumberbatch (Khan)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Star Trek Series Order
Film 1: Star Trek (2009)
Film 2: Into Darkness
Sometimes when you are looking for a movie you just want to be entertained. You don’t need a grand story line or even exceptional acting as long as there are explosions or what have you to keep the action going. And sometimes you luck out and not only do you get a great action packed movie but you also have a good story line. Star Trek Into Darkness is one of those movies that really delivers on all counts.
From the opening scene you are thrust back into this world that JJ Abrams and Gene Roddenberry created in a pretty seamless transition from the humdrum of daily life. The visuals are absolutely stunning and when they show cities such as London or San Francisco you can easily picture that is how they will look a couple hundred years in the future. The CGI is pretty realistic and I just love the cinematography.
I loved getting reacquainted with the new Kirk, Spock, Bones and the rest of the gang. All the actors brought the same characteristics to them all as the originals and even made them more. But Into Darkness is made by the awesome that is Benedict Cumberbatch He was the perfect person to cast as Kahn. He just looks otherworldly and he acts the superior being haughtiness so very well. I loved how he interacted with the rest of the crew and just loved him as a villain I’ve been so used to him as good guy Sherlock that I though it might be hard seeing him as Kahn but he does evil well.
Another thing I liked is how Abrams continues to use Uhura in a more active role than she ever was in the tv series. Zoe Saldana is a pretty kickass actress and she brings a fiestiness to Uhura that I really like. Although I am still not a fan of the whole romantic story line between her and Spock. It just seems a bit unnatural since it seems so very anti-Spock. I also wish that this Star Trek was more like later incarnations of the TV show and allowed the women star fleet members to wear pants. The dresses just seem odd and a throwback to a time long gone when women were expected to be homemakers and not explorers or what have you. Though on the other hand I do like the little nods, like the classic uniform styles, to the original show. Its a catch-22 for me really.
The story line was also really good filled with just the right amount of action, tension, and one liners that are delivered at just the right moment in just the right way that made the whole audience laugh. Already I’ve seen this movie twice, once in Frankfurt where it was released last week and then last night at a screening, and each time the audience got into the movie. I do think that the American audience enjoyed it more (from outward reactions) but this might be because of the long standing love that US audiences have had with the whole Star Trek franchise over the last fifty years or so.
Another thing that I liked about Star Trek Into Darkness was that you did not have to see the 2009 reboot film in order to see and enjoy this one. You are given all the background information that you need to explain who these people are and never once do you feel lost or that you are missing something by not seeing the 2009 Star Trek. Though if you have seen it then I think that it will increase your enjoyment of this one as all the actors really embrace the characters they play.
It should also be noted that Star Trek Into Darkness is filled with JJ Abrams signature lens flare. Now, when I saw this for the first time I didn’t notice it all that much. I was simply lost in the story and wrapped up in how events would proceed. I did notice it a lot more in the second viewing but that was also because I was actively looking for it. There are times when it bothered me, like when the flare started to blur out a characters face as they were talking, but other times it just seemed natural based on the scene and the reflective nature of life’s everyday objects. This is just something that people are going to love or hate I personally don’t mind it so much but do agree with critics who say that sometimes Abrams goes a bit lens flare happy.
Overall, this is a great action adventure story. Its a wonderful movie to kick off the summer blockbuster season and already I am eager for another Star Trek film. I just love seeing this series grow and develop in the altered timeline and all the visual effects that Abrams has created. This one gets my stamp of approval and its worth checking this one out in theaters I also loved it in 3D and will admit to ducking once or twice on my first viewing as debris and things popped out of the screen. This was a fun movie and one that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. I’ve seen it twice and liked it just as much the second time around as I did the first.