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Star Trek Into Darkness
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Oct 1, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
J.J. Abrams

Actors:
Chris Pine
Zachary Quinto
Benedict Cumberbatch

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Captain James T. Kirk and his crew embark on a personal mission as they go after a criminal mastermind hell bent on bringing the federation to its knees.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There’s been much debate over STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, and I can see why. On the one hand, there was no chance in hell it was going to live up the first one, but I think the most concentrated gripe lies in the fact that J.J. Abrams had a chance to do something different within the new timeline, but instead chose the safe route. I’ll come back to that, but as a film goer I will say I enjoyed this flick for what it is, but obviously there were a couple things I questioned this time around.

Why add Khan in the first place? I loved Cumberbatch’s performance, but for all the secrecy surrounding his role, I expected something more. The line between villain and hero was blurry for the most part. On the one hand, you have him using a dude to blow a building, but only after he uses his blood to save the guy’s daughter. I mean, a true villain would have kidnapped the guy’s daughter and threatened to kill her unless he blew up the building. Not this one. Then there’s his crew, the underlining method behind his madness. Again, hero? Villain? It’s hard to tell, so I expect that pissed off a few fan boys, as did the fact that many of the key scenes were almost photo shopped from the original WRATH OF KHAN.

Khan aside, I didn’t like how Bones was merely there for comic relief. That bothered me. In the show, Bones was every bit as crucial a voice and hand in helping Kirk and Spock save the day. He didn’t just spout off one liners and then disappear until someone was sick or dying. The other small issue I had was with Scotty’s secret missing to sneak onboard that ship. I mean dude just slips in unnoticed like nothing’s going on. I found that a bit farfetched. Other than that—spoiler—the whole fake death thing was annoying as well. Why bother? It felt cheap. These small issues aside, the rest of the flick was entertaining.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS isn’t nearly as bad as people would have you think. Visually, it’s phenomenal and what you’d expect from a STAR TREK flick. The dialogue and camaraderie is there, and the storyline isn’t bad for a re-telling. The Klingons looked hella badass (I wish we’d seen more of them), I enjoyed the addition of Peter Weller, but felt Alice Eve was wasted. It’s hard to give proper balance to so many characters, but I’ll hand it to J.J. for doing his best. There’s still loads of potential for this series, but as far as future titles go, I’d like to see them do something different like they did with Nero, and not simply redo every villain from the past. Obviously, we’ll need to see the Klingons and the Borg, but specific villains they’ve crossed paths with over the years don’t all need to show up. It’s a different timeline after all, so who’s to say they’d even cross paths with all these fools anyway.
THE EXTRAS
Creating the Red Planet: J.J. wanted to pay homage to the show with a radical design here, and I think he nailed it pretty damn good. I wanted to see more.

Attack on Starfleet: A closer look at Khan blowing the bejesus out of the Starfleet council. Though the trailers didn’t spoil it in its entirety, I’d have rather had the whole thing be a surprise.

The Klingon Home World: It was cool and all, just wish we’d seen more of it though as it was one of the highest points of the film.

The Enemy of my Enemy: A closer peek at Khan coming to the Kirk and Spock’s rescue against the Klingons. I was hoping Khan would be a hero this time around, rather than a quasi-villain.

Ship to Ship: Pretty much the same deal as the drill sequence in the original, only their propelling through space instead. Predictable, but entertaining.

Brawl by the Bay: A quick look at Spock giving Khan the beatdown of a lifetime. It was a tad out of character for him to do this, but I still enjoyed it.

Continuing the Mission: J.J. commemorates the folks over at ‘Continuing the Mission” with their funeral ceremony. A touching gesture. We also get their commercial.

Previews: There are a handful of trailers as well as a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
STAR TREK is still good times for those who enjoy the TREK universe. These actors are great in their roles and gave us all something new to look forward to. I think the outrage over photo shopping will cause them to re-evaluate similar decisions in the future, but other than that, this is still a solid mission into space.
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3:16PM on 10/01/2013
Not as good as the first one, but like you said, it was never going to be. Little things aside, it was fun and a good continuation of the series. I watched Wrath Of Khan once and don't remember much of it, so none of this felt familiar to me save for Spock yelling "KHAAAAAN".
Not as good as the first one, but like you said, it was never going to be. Little things aside, it was fun and a good continuation of the series. I watched Wrath Of Khan once and don't remember much of it, so none of this felt familiar to me save for Spock yelling "KHAAAAAN".
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5:31AM on 10/01/2013
I've been a Trekkie since I learned how to turn on the TV, watched re-runs of the Original Series, The Animated Series, was there from the beginning of TNG, DS9 and loved them all. Voyager and Enterprise, although weaker entries, never missed an episode. Worked in a cinema since the Final Frontier and Star Trek Into Darkness, IMO, was the best film this Summer for sheer entertainment. Thank You JJ Abrams, peace and long life to you Sir.
I've been a Trekkie since I learned how to turn on the TV, watched re-runs of the Original Series, The Animated Series, was there from the beginning of TNG, DS9 and loved them all. Voyager and Enterprise, although weaker entries, never missed an episode. Worked in a cinema since the Final Frontier and Star Trek Into Darkness, IMO, was the best film this Summer for sheer entertainment. Thank You JJ Abrams, peace and long life to you Sir.
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9:42AM on 10/01/2013
You have my respect for being someone who has loved the series all his life and does not hate the new films because they are different!
You have my respect for being someone who has loved the series all his life and does not hate the new films because they are different!
3:01AM on 10/01/2013

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

I didn think "many of the key scenes were almost photo shopped from the original WRATH OF KHAN" as you say "photo Shopped" uhhh... nothing in this movie was anywhere near even on par with Star Trek Wrath of Khan... except Peter Weller. but again... granted it;s been a while since I've seen Star Trek II, but WHAT photo shopped scenes are you talking about? Wrath of Khan owns this movie all the way through....
I didn think "many of the key scenes were almost photo shopped from the original WRATH OF KHAN" as you say "photo Shopped" uhhh... nothing in this movie was anywhere near even on par with Star Trek Wrath of Khan... except Peter Weller. but again... granted it;s been a while since I've seen Star Trek II, but WHAT photo shopped scenes are you talking about? Wrath of Khan owns this movie all the way through....
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2:15AM on 10/01/2013
My favourite film of this summer. I do wish we'd gotten a feature length making-of section, outtakes like with the first film's DVD release, and a writer-director commentary.
My favourite film of this summer. I do wish we'd gotten a feature length making-of section, outtakes like with the first film's DVD release, and a writer-director commentary.
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