Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Her Review (A Trekkie):
After completing a mission to observe a developing race on a foreign planet, The Enterprise and her crew have returned home to Earth. However, Kirk’s (Chris Pine) handling of certain aspects of the mission to observe have called into question his ability to command a starship. But there are bigger concerns within the Federation than Kirk’s rank. Someone is attacking Starfleet at its very core, leaving Earth in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk and crew set out on a man-hunt that will take them to the very heart of the Klingon empire and the Klingons aren’t exactly on friendly terms with Starfleet right now. As the brave crew faces certain death, everything they believe in and live for will be called into question, and great sacrifices must be made by Kirk to save his family – his crew. Also starring Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Chumberbatch, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor, Leonard Nimoy.
Star Trek Into Darkness melds the familiar with the new in a seamless action packed film that won’t disappoint, be you Trekkie or not. I gave 2009’s Star Trek a 10, so while I had high hopes this one would be just as good I didn’t go in with that expectation. I was not disappointed. There is so much to love about this film, a lot of which I won’t write because it would be major spoilers. Let’s start with the non-trekkie elements. The story of Into Darkness is fast paced and robust. Not to mention it is fully developed from start to finish but leaves you with a nice ending that hints to the future of the Star Trek franchise. If the franchise continues with the power house films it has created thus far a third one can’t go wrong. Unlike the original Star Trek movies the action scenes here are jaw dropping at times and mind-boggling at others. Action junkie be ware you just might get addicted. I would expect nothing less however from J.J. Abrams. If I had anything to complain about it would be that the quick pace that Abrams sets from the start jolts you a bit at times and you wish you had a just a moment longer on a few scenes to comprehend what just happened and who it happened to. However, any average movie goer looking for an entertaining and enthralling film will not be disappointed. One of the stand out elements is our villain, John Harrison. A seemingly harmless human he is anything but and wrecks great havoc that The Enterprise crew is destined to overcome in some extraordinary fashion just like in the original series and movies. That brings me neatly to the Star Trek elements that you will only truly appreciate if you are a fan. I can’t give to many details or risk major spoilers but if you have seen the original Star Trek films particularly the second one you will notice some not so subtle references. But for me the best part about this young crew is their ability to channel the original characters flawlessly. Bones and Spock are frenemies and their banter will make you giggle. Kirk and Spock are slowly learning to understand each other, Scotty is his typical smart ass self and you are witness to it all. As a fan of the series it adds a deeper level to the film than the everyday movie goer will experience, and is part of the reason I rate this film so high. The ability for Star Trek Into Darkness to stay true to the franchise while at the same time breathing new life into it and developing strong cast and stories is nothing short of impressive.
10/10 Stars – Call me a Trekkie but the combination of masterful action scenes and sly nods to the original Star Trek make this one I will watch anywhere, anytime.
His Review (a non-Trekkie):
For those of you that don’t know, I am not a Trekkie. I have not seen any of the Star Trek shows or movies except the first movie in this series that came out in 2009. I don’t know why, but the show just never appealed to me, but I’m beginning to think that it would be something I’d enjoy. After re-watching the 2009 Star Trek movie starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, I saw what J.J. Abrams was able to create with plenty of source material and really enjoyed the introduction. I can’t say I was super excited about the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, but it is one of the few films I looked forward to in 2013 and I can say that it got bigger and better (kinda like all the other Superhero/comic book movies). Since the first installment took care of character development, basic ideas and setting, Star Trek Into Darkness got right into things with plenty of action sequences, a strong story that is both emotional and humorous, new characters (especially Alice Eve), and one sinister bad guy. In the movie world, 2 things make a great bad guy – either they are likable to the point you can’t get enough of them (Alan Rickman in Die Hard) or so reserved they seem dead inside (T-1000 in Terminator 2). I can say that the bad guy in this movie is the latter and does a great job as being truly sinister. With an equal balance of character involvement, I think Star Trek Into Darkness is a great blend of action and emotion that highlights both victory and sacrifice. It takes what was introduced in the first film and elevates it. A must see and highlight so far in 2013!
9/10 Stars – I might not be a Trekkie, but I know a great action movie when I see one!
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