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Star Trek Into Darkness


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The trouble with writing reviews for sci-fi movies is balancing the entertainment value with the plot stability and overall quality of the film. Some movies are simply entertaining despite their quality, while others you can tell are well-made, but lack that “wow” factor that keeps you engaged from start to finish. Star Trek Into Darkness keeps the entertainment flowing and is also well-made, but its plot stability is less than fantastic.

Grade:

B

In this iteration of the series, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise are sent to apprehend the mysteriously dangerous Benedict Cumberbatch—by now you probably know which character he plays, but I’ll let it remain quiet here.

Having never seen any of the original Star Trek movies, this contemporary reboot is all I have to work with, apart from standard tropes remaining from the previous ones like not wearing a red shirt. For me, the most important piece of these reboots is the comedic, light-hearted tone that consistently pops up. In most cases, the funny moments come from Pine, Karl Urban (Bones), and Simon Pegg (Scotty), but the rest of the cast takes part as well because it is obvious they all are quite close.

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What sets Into Darkness apart from its predecessor is Cumberbatch’s brilliance. In the modern age of superhero films, charisma seems to be a prerequisite for the villain as much the hero. Heath Ledger’s Joker is obviously the best example. Cumberbatch’s turn as the villain here is a blessing and a curse for Star Trek. It’s a blessing because he is fantastic, devious, and dripping with menace. It’s a curse because you end up wanting more. When his scenes end and the film moves back to the good guys, you are left somewhat empty and wanting more. His deep, booming voice commands your attention and overtakes any attempt—no matter how strong—from Pine to regain control of the scene.

It’s a shame really because Pine is excellent, as well as Quinto and the rest. Apart from Anton Yelchin as Chekov, there’s no real weak spot in the crew. As a result, J.J. Abrams brings in a villain that is larger than life.

HH

Certain plot points are unfounded or oddly worked into the story, and the ending begins to lose traction, but all in all Star Trek Into Darkness is incredibly entertaining. The saving grace for these flaws is that you only notice most of them once the dust has settled and you’ve had time to contemplate the film’s merits. No matter what, I’m confident that an Into Darkness viewing will be entertaining for most, if not all. If for no other reason, see this movie to watch Cumberbatch.

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  1. Star Trek was a very entertaining movie. I felt like it was more of an action movie set in the future, rather than a sci-fi movie. I agree with plot points being oddly worked into the story. Example: Why on Earth would McCoy inject Khan’s blood into a Tribble?

    • I agree they did emphasize the action a little more this go around. It’s definitely a movie you simply have to sit back and enjoy it without overthinking it.

  2. Just saw it today and it was awesome! I’ve been around for the original TV series and all its iterations and it seems to me , it gets better and better. I love the new young actors and their ability to fit the roles and expand on them. Abrams has got to come back and continue the series.

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