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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)


Khan or not, it’s still STAR TREK!!! So, shut up!!

The crew of the Enterprise is back! But this time, they are under the guidance of Captain Kirk (Chris Pine). Whether or not that’s a good thing, people believe in him and will go about his every word. However, his leadership is put to the test when the Fleet is wiped out by a mysterious enemy (Benedict Cumberbatch). Kirk and his crew don’t back down and instead, lead a manhunt to capture “a one man weapon of mass destruction”.

4 years ago, J.J. Abrams did something that no person in their right mind thought was possible: he made Star Trek cool. Yep, that’s exactly right: the dude who brought us Felicity, brought us the most-accessible, and by far, most entertaining Star Trek movie of the whole franchise. I know I may be making some mortal-enemies with that last statement there, but let the record state that I am not a big Trekkie, have watched the show on numerous occasions  and have seen about three or four films (at least what I can recall anyway). So yeah, I’m not the biggest Trekkie out there in the world, so yeah, maybe my opinion doesn’t matter in terms of what’s the best and what isn’t of the whole franchise, but do you know who’s opinion does matter? The regular, movie-going audience that got hooked with the last one, and can’t wait to see what this one has got going on, that’s who!

And I think it’s quite safe to say that they are going to have a great time with the latest check-up. Or, at least I hope, because I sure as hell know I did.

The odd aspect behind this whole movie it’s that Abrams doesn’t go balls-to-the-walls with changing anything up here. Instead, we get sort of the same formula for the first one, except a bit of a darker tone. However, I don’t want to really say it’s darker just because the stakes of human-life are a bit higher, but I definitely want to say it’s more “emotional” than the first one, which was more happy-go-lucky in the way that it didn’t want to bother people too much. Basically, this movie is just like the first, but do not take that as insult whatsoever, because I loved that about this movie.

I hate to say it, but Shatner never looked THIS stunning while holding a laser gun.

I hate to say it, but Shatner never looked THIS stunning while holding a phaser.

Abrams knows the type of movie he wants to make, and he knows that he’s got to have a little bit of everything for everyone. Yes, even those damn Trekkies get their shout-outs every once and awhile too, and it’s not just the obvious ones neither. There’s a shit-ton of action, some romance, a lot of humor, some sexiness, some drama, and a bunch of scenes that actually may scare you, just by how unexpected they are. But no matter where Abrams takes this movie, it always remains fun in the type of way that you almost feel like you can’t keep up with this movie. It’s sort of like when you’re running, and your friends show up next to you in their hot-ass ride and challenge you to a playful, but somewhat-serious running vs. driving race, and you continue to run your heart out, even though you know at the bottom of your slowly-dying heart you don’t have what it takes to beat the car, let alone even come close to catching up with it. You know what I mean? Kind of? Well, that’s what this flick reminded me of: running-up against my friend’s hot-ass ride.

Don’t get me wrong, neither, because that is nowhere near being a bad thing, especially during the beginning of what seems to be an already-promising Summer. Abrams always gives us something new to view, whether it be some beautiful visuals or something popping-out us in 3D, it doesn’t matter, because it’s always thrilling. In some cases, you could almost say that this movie has too much action, but to that, I’d probably say, “ehh.” The reason I’d say that is because you wouldn’t be wrong with that statement whatsoever, however, I’m the type of person who doesn’t mind their action done when it’s always electric, entertaining, tense, and can keep me as glued to the screen as I was here.

Seriously, even though I know everything’s going to be cool with each and every one of these characters, and whether or not they’re fates will be decided in a gloomy-way by the end, I was still on-the-edge-of-my-seat, just wondering what was going to happen next, to whom, and how the rest of the U.S.S. Enterprise was going to feel after all of the tears have been dropped. Okay, maybe that’s going a bit too far, but it was what I was feeling, while I sat all crumbled-up with my large-ass soda and popcorn. I was feeling comfy, cozy, and all easy inside, and then this movie came on and had to ruin everything for a simple man like myself. However, that’s not a negative either. I had fun with this movie, no matter what Abrams decided to throw at the screen and see what stuck, and it just goes to show you that this guy really does have the mastery and the craft to voice a new generation of Star Wars fans for many, many years to come.

Still though: what’s going to happen to his Star Trek franchise? Who knows? Only time will tell on that one, my friends.

"Don't worry, I have all this shit planned out."

“Don’t worry, I have all this shit planned out.”

Just like the first movie, this Star Trek entry may have the explosions, the cool-gadgets, the Klingons, and the fireworks to catch your pretty, little eyes, but in reality: it’s all about the characters and which ones mean the most to each other. Just in case you were questioning whether Spock and Kirk made up, hugged, and got over their differences, no need to worry; because they haven’t. Yup, they still bicker, argue, and trade quips against one another about choosing logicality-over-impulse and it’s as enthralling to watch as it was in the first movie. It never gets old, despite them having a fight about five or six times here, and you always wait to see what layer of this character is going to peeled-off next, so that the other can capitalize on the vulnerability of the other and show their strength. It’s not all serious though, it’s played for fun and games, but there’s something still really strong between these two that obviously keeps them on the same ground, united, and, well, “friends.” Believe it or not, these two are friends, and this movie shows that many-upon-many of times, all of which, are as compelling and heartwarming as the last. No, Kirk and Spock do not start making-out, but if they did, the reaction would have been filled with more claps than boos.

The two cats playing those iconic characters, respectively, Chris Pine and Zachary Qunto, are still amazing at what they do and show that they have fully grown into these characters with much ease and skill. Pine is as brass as he can get as Kirk, but still shows some ounces of humanity every once and awhile that has us feel like the kid is learning as time goes on, and the stakes continue to get higher for him, and his crew. Quinto is also great as Spock, showing just how smart and thought-provoking he can be with what he says, what he stands for, and what he stands against. Quinto has pretty much mastered the hell out of this role by now, and it’s no surprise that once things start getting a little hectic for Spock in the end, Quinto owns it and makes us feel like Spock will, and forever always be: a bad-ass. I mean, after all, I do own this t-shirt, so I think I know when the guy’s bad-ass and when he’s not. Rarely ever is he the latter.

As for the others along for the adventure, not all of them get as much screen-time as they did with the first movie, but still show each of the acquired-skills and how they all come into play with this story, at least once or twice just to remind us that they are there. Zoe Saldana is good as Uhura, as her and Spock’s relationship is once again, tested to see if they really are worth sticking around and getting all hyped-up over, or if they should just focus their attention on space, and shit like that. A bit obvious for a story like this to go down that route, but both stars handle it like professionals and easily make it a relationship worth caring about, even when danger stares both of them in the eyes, even without a blink. And yes, we all know that Alice Eve’s Carol will eventually play a bigger-role in the franchise sooner or later, but for right now, she’s just here for this and this alone. She’s good when she is called on to do something, but that’s very rare when she isn’t just posing in some misogynistic movie-scene. Not a huge feminist by any stretch of the meaning, but I do know when unneeded is exactly that, and that scene was. At least she’s hot, though.

"No need to fear, baby, I got this. Oh, I mean, uhm....don't worry female human-organism, I will conquer this predicament."

“No need to fear, baby, I got this. Oh, I mean, uhm….don’t worry female human-organism, I will conquer this predicament.”

Even though they don’t get as much adoration and love like they did in the first one, everybody else seems to get their one moment in the sun, and milk it for as long as they can. Simon Pegg is a bigger-part in this story, than he was in the last, and has a great time with the role, but isn’t his usual jokey-wokey self. Yes, Pegg’s definitely funny as Scotty, but the guy helps out a bit more with these plans that makes him less of a fool, and more a smarty-pants, that does smarty-things. Karl Urban is a laugh-out-loud riot as Bones, and shows why his comedic-timing is a thing to behold, even in the darkest of situations. I guess it’s still nice to see when the guy isn’t judging drug-addled crooks, the dude’s still got time to patch everyone up. John Cho gets to have his moment to play in the sun and sand as Sulu, but is mainly there to steer the ship when it needs that ripe-steering, and Anton Yelich is barely even here as Chekov, but I think that’s on-purpose for the whole fact that not many people really care for the dude. Chekov, I mean, not Yelchin. Although, I wouldn’t be too sure that the Trekkies don’t have it out for that guy either. Those mofo’s are crazy.

Most of the hooplah surrounding this movie isn’t about whether it’s good or not, or even better than the first; it’s mainly been all around if the main villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, will in fact be Khan or not. Without diving into any more about this character that may land me in some hot lava, I just want to say that the man is great with this role as he always seems to be one step ahead of everybody else on the Enterprise, and does whatever the hell he can to keep his name, his pride, and his destination clear in sight. The guy’s got some real scary eyes that demand your attention, and it works. You never quite feel like this dude’s going to get away with anything he plans, which in it’s own right, doesn’t make all that much sense to begin with, but you don’t care. All you know about this dude is that he’s a baddie, doing baddie things, and not so much as leaving a post-it for saying “sorry.” Yeah, I know, right? What a total dick!

Has to be Khan, right? I don’t know. I’ll leave that one to you, my friends.

Consensus: Regardless as to whether or not it fully fits in line with the die-hard Trekkies or not, Star Trek Into Darkness is one hell of a ride that’s jam-packed with thrills, emotion, humor, beautiful special-effects, and a feeling that this franchise can, and just might go anywhere and it will always be awesome. Let’s just hope that J-squared doesn’t get too wild ‘n out with Star Wars.

9 / 10 = Full Price!!

"Don't worry guys, in 2 more years, I will have totally forgotten about all of you."

“Don’t worry guys, in 2 more years, I will have totally forgotten about all of you. But anyway, while we’re at it, CHEEESE!!”

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69 responses to “Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

  1. Calamity Jane May 17, 2013 at 4:48 am

    What took you so long to get this posted? Slacker. <3 Great review.

  2. Otter Critic May 17, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Nice review, man! I agree that the energy injected into this new series is remarkably entertaining. Also, I too made some bold proclamations… check it out: http://spinningplatters.com/2013/05/16/film-review-star-trek-into-darkness/

  3. Capt Shawna T. Kirk (@ShawnaWTF) May 17, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Great review Dan. Enjoyed this to the bone. Interesting enough story, the cast was solid and the visuals were breathtaking.

  4. aregularcupofjo May 17, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Awesome review. Can’t wait to see it this weekend hopefully, and possibly fit The Great Gatsby in there too.

  5. Steven Vargas May 17, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I completely agree. Saw it last night at the sneak showings and loved it. Will probably see it twenty or thirty more times until it leaves theaters. Great review.

  6. Tim The Film Guy May 17, 2013 at 6:54 am

    FULL PRICE! Mwahahaha Loved it :D

  7. Erik May 17, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Good Review! It is indeed badass! :)

  8. Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop May 17, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Nice review Dan. I had a couple of issues with the plot and I actually thought Cumberbatch was a little underused, but I still really enjoyed it. The time in the cinema flew by!

  9. Rodney May 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Nice review, Dan. Consider yourself linked.

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  11. Dan May 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

    This is a total tits-out visual feast. I love this movie! It makes me cum badly, and I loved Alice Eve’s bra and panties scene! Can’t wait for JJ’s Star Wars Ep7. I just know I’ll cum badly for that.

  12. greercn May 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I am a Trekkie and I absolutely adore this movie. Yes, I can argue with bits of it, but it’s great to have so many nods to the old franchise and TV show along with high-level action. Great review!

    • CMrok93 May 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      That’s what I like to hear because it seems like almost everyone is getting on this movie’s case for not being exactly like the show.

  13. ckckred May 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I’m excited to see this. Nice review.

  14. noelfilmreviews May 17, 2013 at 10:53 am

    As a Trekkie, you can either take it in one of two ways. You can accept that this isn’t a remake and is set in an alternate timeline, so anything you might think is ‘wrong’ with plot, is simply explained away. However the second way is for trekkies to still, somehow think this is a remake and/or set in the same universe as TOS and it’s movies, and get angry when stuff isn’t the same. Abrahams had fully mastered the art of reference to the old lore, by injecting it into this new action packed world.
    As a Trekkie, there’s nothing I didn’t appreciate (except maybe Bones doing a c-section on a lizard that lays eggs?)
    As a film fanatic it’s just as fantastic, just as you have reviewed, great job.
    If anyone is interested, I wrote 2 reviews, one spoiler free and one spoiler plenty, read at your own risk.

  15. Mayde May 17, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Great review! I, too, am curious to see what JJ Abrams does with Star Wars and future Star Trek movies.

  16. Wendell May 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Great review. Hopefully, I’ll get to see this very very soon.

  17. Jim May 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Finally get to go to the show tonight, and tomorrow, and a few more times after that. Great review Dan, as always. Q’aplaH!

  18. allistercrow May 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    1-no Klingons in the first (and I do say that to help, not to harm)
    2-I came to the exact same conclusion in my review. Even had some similar things to say about the actors and director
    very thoughtful

    http://moseleyofaaronj.wordpress.com

  19. armanddc May 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Your first sentence, Dan, sells it. I’m a Trekkie myself. It’s clearly no the best but I had an infinitely great time.

  20. Shawndorman May 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Here here!!! Excellent review. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  21. mettelray May 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I’m guessing I’m one of the bad ones this time around representing the “was not happy with it” side of the audience. I don’t know why.. maybe I was too tired and too in love with the first one. Visually good though..

    • CMrok93 May 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      It’s a beautiful movie, but I can see why some people will be upset. Take a shot of Red Bull and give it a second-look!

      • mettelray May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        I think my frustration is more to do with the fact that it didn’t live up to my expectations after having seen the first J. J. Abrams installment about 20 times. The mind truly plays tricks on us when we anticipate things for too long. :D

  22. MChen May 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Great review! I agree with many points in you make. I hope the die-hard Trekkies love the movie as much as the newer generation Star Trek fans like me do.

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  24. Mark Hobin May 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I am surprised with how much I enjoyed this film. I loved 2009’s Star Trek and this was equal to that. Possibly even better. Perfect summer blockbuster. Great review!!

    • CMrok93 May 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      I would say that this is better, but slightly. Both are just bundles of joy that never lose it’s sense of fun or energy. Thanks Mark!

  25. Whit May 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Spock is quite the badass. I just saw it and agree the visuals were really terrific! Awesome review Dan!

  26. Fogs' Movie Reviews May 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    There’s no doubt about it Dan, Alice Eve is there to interject some hottness and for no other reason. LOL Good point. I’m probably at about an 8 on it, but I understand your enthusiasm, and dont disagree with your review. ;) Solid as always my man! :D

  27. Norma Beishir May 19, 2013 at 2:00 am

    I am so looking forward to seeing this! Love Chris Pine as Kirk–he just fits the role perfectly, as does Zachary Quinto as Spock. I’m still finding it hard to believe there’s an intimate relationship between Spock and Uhura, since there was no hint of it in the original series/movies, but….

    • CMrok93 May 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Hey, I’m down to believe whatever Abrams wants to throw at me as long as it stays entertaining and fully-believable. That’s what he did here, and it always kept me happy and entertained.

  28. nediunedited May 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Great write up! I enjoyed this too! A worthy sequel for sure–not perfect and a bit predictable, but not anything that takes away from the fun.

    You hit on the best part of this reboot–the cast–pitch perfect! Kirk & Spock share the ultimate bromance–for sure and makes it all the more fun to watch. I enjoy visiting with all of them and can’t wait for more adventures–with or without Abrams. I am excited about the possibilities for the future.

    Later! :D

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  30. VictorsMovieReviews May 21, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Definitely agree with you about Pine and Quinto. Good review.

  31. Consumed by Film May 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Really great review! Having had a week to let the film sink in, as i said in my Trek thoughts blog last week, i still feel the same way you do – this film is just so much fun.

  32. dpkeenanuk May 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    wow my review of this film was only a few paragraphs you have a great way of reviewing films, i have allot to learn lol.. love the blog. excellent work.

  33. Nir Shalev May 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

    @Dan, it was a fun review to read and I’m glad that you’d enjoyed watching the film. However, I have the exact opposite reaction to it then most others. Check out my review at some point in the future and let me know what you think. :O)

    http://gaiderdracofilmreviews.blogspot.ca/

  34. Will Palmer (@willliampalmer) May 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Thrilling film, Abrams really made a worthy sequel. Felt well crafted, well planned and not rushed. Was also delighted by the high quality acting throughout, from all cast members, an of course it’s visually dazzling. Excellent review Dan! Have a read of mine if you want: http://thedarjeelingblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/star-trek-into-darkness-review.html

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  36. pgtipsonfilms June 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Dan, again, this is a very thorough and fair review. It is also a very different take on the film to the one I had. Let me know what you think of my review,

    http://pgtipsonfilms.com/2013/06/11/star-trek-ii-review-2013

  37. teny June 13, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Felt almost the same about this movie. Hadn’t watched the first one before this and that took a little of the fun away for me as I felt better after watching the 2009 movie later :) Didn’t have enough of it in the end; – good one :)

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