Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

May 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Posted in JJ Abrams, Movies, Reviews, Star Trek | 1 Comment
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STID_OneSheet_Fri_lxr12cOSVflEAny Star Wars fan who goes to see Star Trek Into Darkness will immediately banish any fears they might have had over the announcement that JJ Abrams will be directing Episode VII. This Star Trek sequel, the 12th in the series and 2nd helmed by Abrams, is both flashy and bold, with the stakes raised and the heroes being kicked around a little more than usual.

The 2 hour movie speeds by unbelievably fast – there is not a dull moment, and the climax is so fast paced and emotional that it may leave you breathless. Abrams layers Into Darkness with multiple nods from Star Trek lore, and even a small and greatly appreciated cameo. He clearly knew going into this sequel what type of film he wanted to make, and that shines through in his direction. And to be honest, there weren’t as many lens flares this time around. The shots and color in this movie is wonderful, and for me, the standout was the film’s prologue, which took place on a primitive world rich in reds and whites.

Also excellently done is the acting in this film- every Star Trek crew member is back and just as witty and confident as ever. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, as Kirk and Spock respectively, perform so splendidly in this film, and their characters go through some pretty extensive growth by the film’s climax. This film could very well be described as a Bromance between the two leads. Also having their moments to shine are Zoe Saldana as Uhura and Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious (If you are completely innocent to Star Trek’s history) John Harrison. Saldana’s Uhura takes on quite the bit of action in this film, and Cumberbatch portrays an excellent villain that not only clashes excellently with Kirk, but with Spock as well. Also returning in an expanded role that I found highly entertaining is Simon Pegg as Scotty, as well as his alien sidekick. Each additional crew member – Sulu, Chekov, and Bones – also have their moments to shine, and new crew member Carol Marcus, played by Alice Eve, is a welcome addition. One of the more memorable performances to me, however, is Bruce Greenwood’s Admiral Pike, and though he only plays a supporting role this time around, it was both a highlight and poignant.

Star Trek Into Darkness was incredibly well done, and I recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in Science Fiction. Also, if this film does not leave you more than excited for what Abrams could do with Star Wars Episode VII then you are crazy. Here’s to hoping we get a third Star Trek film, with Abrams managing to squeeze that in around Star Wars. But in all seriousness, this film was a truly well-done sequel that is well acted and directed, and has enough depth to it that you wouldn’t even for a second doubt it’s ability to hold it’s own against Abrams renowned first entry into this franchise. I’ll be seeing it for a second time ASAP, less than 24 hours after my original viewing. I guess I could be considered a nerd, but hey, so are all of you.

I award Star Trek Into Darkness 5 out of 5 Metal Bikinis.

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Reviewed by Ryan for Roqoo Depot

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  1. Good review. Apart from being a fun, sci-fi, action adventure film, the movie has a surprising amount of layers to it, which got me when I least expected it to.


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