“Is there anything you would not do…for your family?”
My rating: 4 1/2 reels out of 5
Years ago, J.J. Abrams changed they way people knew Star Trek. Creating an alternate universe and basically reinventing the Star Trek world to new possibilites…and lens flares…lots of lens flares. As a somewhat big fan of Star Trek, I have to admit the last film had to take some time to grow on me. I was one of those Star Trek purists losing their minds. The more I watched Abrams’ Star Trek the more I started to enjoy it and appreciate it. Everyone is perfectly casted in their roles; they look the part and they act the part. Abrams creates a sci-fi universe that any nerd would like to be part of. So finally have accepted this new Star Trek universe with new rules and possibilities, we enter the next chapter, Star Trek Into Darkness. It has that couple extra ingredients to make the average summer blockbuster even better, great characters and great writing.
After a terrorist attacks the Federation, the Enterprise crew is sent on a manhunt to capture him. Every major actor has reprised their roles as the crew of the Enterprise. There is great chemistry between all the actors and they play off each other very well. There is a lot of humor throughout and I found myself missing some lines because of laughter, from the audience and myself. Playing our antagonist is Benedict Cumberbatch, probably best known for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the modern version on BBC (you can find the first couple seasons on Netflix, great show). He is a great actor and just like everyone else, a perfect fit in his role.
A couple of themes come to mind when I think about this film: vengeance and family. Vengeance affects all characters, good and bad. Some of our characters are seeking vengeance and it is shown on different scales. A terrorist act against a populace, character seeks social justice. Small scale, one character’s friend is hurt, character seeks personal vengeance. Family is threatened, character seeks vengeance on a large scale. Family referring to their crew members. A bond exists between members of a ship. You work closely with them and experience life and death situations with them, they become your family. Our characters are willing to do anything for their family. Moral issues are faced, and life or death choices are made. “I have no idea what I’m supposed to do, I only know what I can do.” – Kirk
On top of all the action and special effects, we have great characters to go with it and great writing. Nobody wants to watch boring, bland characters. Characters are the spice of any movie. Of all the characters in Abrams’ Star Trek, I think I love his version of Spock the most. Torn between his Vulcan side (logic) and his human side (emotion), it’s almost like watching someone with split personality. There is one moment in the movie where one of the characters is revealing plot points through dialogue. Maybe I’m a bad listener but I got a little lost. Minus this one moment, the whole movie moves naturally and there never really is a dull moment. I felt the writers were precise on what they wanted the film to be. From beginning to end, Star Trek Into Darkness has all the ingredients to exceed your average summer blockbuster film.
My expectations: High. Usually when I say high, if I leave the theater saying “wow,” then my expectations were exceeded. While I didn’t have the “wow” factor, I found myself smiling and pleased throughout the film. My expectations were met.
Recommendation: I can definitely recommend this to science fiction fans. For those Trekkie purists out there, embrace the new Trek universe Abrams has created and just enjoy it. I feel that this is fast-paced and action-packed for the casual movie goer to enjoy.
Re-watch value: I will re-watch this and the desire to is about medium. And when I do, I’ll re-watch it Dolby Atmos, my new favorite way to watch a movie. Yes, over IMAX, which is how I watched Star Trek last night.
Memorable: Very memorable, I’ve been thinking about this film a lot since last night.
And if you have a few minutes, watch this amusing trailer for the previous Star Trek from the guys at Screen Junkies: