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Friday, May 24, 2013

Movie Review - Star Trek Into Darkness

 Star Trek Into Darkness  $$$ 1/2    


132 Minutes
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Director: J. J. Abrams.

            This is the second movie in the Star Trek reboot. As much as I prefer the original over all other incarnations of the franchise I find the casting for this series to be excellent. Don’t get me wrong, I think the original cast is the best, but the creators have really captured the essence of those characters with the new set of actors playing them.
            Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) defies Star Fleet regulations and saves Spock (Zachary Quinto) from being roasted inside a live volcano. For his efforts Spock reports him to Star Fleet Command and he is removed as the Captain of the Enterprise.
            The situation changes when a meeting of the ship commanders is attacked by an unknown terrorist (Benedict Cumberbatch). Commodore Marcus (Peter Weller) reassigns Kirk as the Captain of the Enterprise and orders him to track down the terrorist and kill him.  However, there is more to the situation than initially meets the eye.
            This year has been a great year for movies and this film is no exception. The acting is strong and the characters so very reminiscent of the original cast. The story is even stronger; looking at the development of Kirk into a head strong adventurer into a man responsible for the lives of hundreds of ship crew members. It also explores the nature of friendship and the extraordinary connection that Kirk and Spock develop. Special effects were spectacular. And I especially enjoyed that the end of this movie puts us at the point where the original television series started.
            Other than a few minor flaws with the plot it hit the mark all the way around. I give it three-and-a-half Movie Bucks and would accept arguments that it deserves a full four MBs. You definitely want to see it on the big screen, with big sound, and all the fixings. I am strongly considering a purchase of the DVD when it is released. If you enjoyed the first film in the reboot then you should love this one.

                        Randy’s Rating System

$$$$   = Full Price    See this movie right away and pay full price, it’s worth it.
$$$     = Matinee      Catch this as a matinee or other discounted showing.
$$        = Discount     Wait until this movie reaches a discount theater near you.
$          = Rental         Wait until this movie reaches your local video rental outlet.
0          = No Sale       Don’t see this movie at any price.




  1. I just watched the 2009 Star Trek in preparation for Into the Darkness. As I child, the original TV series played in my house frequently. I am excited for the new film. And i have a huge crush on Zachary Quinto. I know, he's gay. Probably the only reason I have no chance :)

    1. Watching the 2009 film before you go is a good idea. I should have done that.