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Movie review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

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Movie review: Star Trek: Into Darkness


Star Trek: Into Darkness is a sequel to the recently restarted Star Trek franchise. Kirk and crew are back and this time find themselves deep in a mess that extends to the highest levels of Star Fleet. With a new nemesis the Enterprise must travel to the Neutral Zone and attempt to prevent a war with the Klingon Empire.

Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), Benedict Cumberbatch (Khan), Bruce Greenwood (Pike), Peter Weller (Marcus).

Star Trek: Into Darkness is an interesting retelling of how Kirk and crew first encounter Khan. The film nicely explains how Kirk and Khan come to hate each other so much, relying on the Wrath of Khan film and original Star Trek series for audience understanding. Unfortunately it feels as if the film rewrites history a bit and where Admiral Pike is concerned, is inconsistent with the original series. That said, the film does a decent job of continuing to breathe new life into the seemingly ageless Star Trek franchise.

Acting was good with Pine, Quinto, Saldana, and Cho contributing well once again. Urban remains a favorite, doing a very good job as Bones. Pegg also seems to be filling the role of Scotty very well. Cumberbatch however stole this show in this one as Khan with excellent delivery and approach as antagonist. Greenwood and Weller fill things out nicely, bringing continuity to the cast.

Camera work was decent but J.J. Abrams really needs to get a new fetish as lens flare has gotten a bit worn. Sets and backgrounds were once again well done and consistent with the franchise. Dialogue was good but the humor from the first film was missing this time around, which was quite disappointing and left the film feeling a bit flat. Sound and soundtrack were both good.

Overall Star Trek: Into Darkness may be a bit frustrating for Star Trek fans with the storyline inconsistencies. At the same time, those who can overlook the history flaws will likely enjoy this one.

With plenty of action violence this should be fine for preens and above.

Released: 2013
Reviewed: 10.11.13
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi Adventure, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Blockbusters

copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel

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