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STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

year: 2013 cast: Chris Pine,  Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Peter Weller rating: ***1/2
The Starfleet Federation often gets in the way of the intensely intrepid and equally stubborn James T. Kirk. He’s the Captain of a Starship, sure, but as a risk taker he tends to land himself, and his crew, in loads of trouble. So now he’s really in his element as the Enterprise winds up on a classified mission that has nothing to do with Federation rules or having to stick by them.

First we begin with another mission – one gone completely haywire. Thrust into a perilous situation, director J.J. Abrams lets us know this won’t be anything short of a rollercoaster ride. Thankfully there are enough cerebral elements further along that... reminiscent of the original series that relied more on chess match precision than adventurous gusto… brings us back into an old school aura including prosthetic aliens and various references to other characters from times past – or in this case, present…

Where Kirk, after putting the Prime Directive (to not interfere with the internal development of alien civilizations) in jeopardy... and following an act of domestic terrorism... the Enterprise ventures to a planet to find the culprit, a mysterious superhuman named Harrison, who did undercover work for the Federation – Marcus (Peter Weller) in particular, the man responsible for bringing Kirk’s mentor, the endearingly lecturing Admiral Pike, into the Federation.

The second half roars with unbridled energy: a resilient Enterprise shuttle lands on a planet replete with the usually combative Klingons. Yet these fallback foes mean little to our story: it’s Harrison – who we eventually learn is the infamous warrior Khan – holding most of the cards... Within this constantly shuffled deck are twists and turns (while another important antagonist lurks in the shadows) that shouldn't be spoiled. And the way all secrets are revealed gel smoothly with the action sequences, each pivotal to the story and with little downtime in-between.

While not entirely flawless... The awkward post-romantic banter between Spock and Uhura feels contrived; one particular scene is way too similar to a past TREK movie; and  Kirk eventually becomes a brooding Marvel style superhero… Thankfully the other crew members, especially Spock... tempted to follow his human emotions… and Scotty, given his own subplot that ties loose ends together… has important footing in this sequel to a reboot of a franchise that hasn’t neglected its primal roots and doesn't completely adhere to a video game generation.
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4 comments:

  1. Weller was even more bland than Bana's Nero, imo. Cumberbatch blew them both out of the water

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  2. *SPOILER ALERTS*

    I can't comment without spilling the beans but how is it spilling the beans when I've heard about this for months (but was in complete denial)

    I can only say that Abrams is Clever. With the role reversal of Spock and Kirk in this movie compared to - come on now let's say it out loud children, SPOILER ALERT if you don't know it already, WRATH OF KHAN, had me shaking my head. Clever clever clever. Even switching up dialogue almost word for word - at least in good faith. But when *SPOILER ALERT* Spock yells out Kirk's famous shout from Wrath of "KHAN", "KHAAAAAN!" - I lost it, I couldn't hold it in any more. I started laughing, and I couldn't stop laughing. I haven't laughed so hard since DUMB & DUMBER and PORKY'S. But still I was impressed - they killed off...anyway I was impressed until they didn't kill off...

    I'm sorry I was so freaking irritated to find out it was Khan. I had heard and read rumors that it was supposed to be Khan, but refused and didn't want to believe that they would take THE ICONIC Star Trek villain and reboot him - can't these Hollywood (a word used to describe women who accept money for doing the naughty naughty) come up with something original without ruining our memories of something that had meaning to our younger selves? Is it possible at all for them to come up with a single moment of originality?

    I freely admit that SPACE SEED is one of my favorite all-time Star Trek (the original series or any other of the Trek series) episodes - that would be the one with Khan in it of course. And WRATH OF KHAN is my favorite Star Trek movie and one of my all-time favorite movies. So I'm a tad bit biased.

    I love the current cast, the director can direct - why do you have to bring back Khan - for what reason? No one 30 years old or younger was born when Star Trek II Wrath of Khan came out - us old fuddy duddies don't need another Khan movie - we had it - AND LOVE IT! DO SOMETHING ORIGINAL - you got the cast, the money...

    I didn't feel like I wasted my time or money, so that's all I can really hope for from Hollywood these days. To get an original movie I love...I guess that what my DVD's are for.

    Here's to hoping that the next one is an original. And this guy is in control of the Star Wars movies?

    I'll be in down in my bunker. Let me know when next year's movies start coming out. I've been seriously underwhelmed with this new batch.

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  3. how about the imitation ending from WRATH OF KHAN?

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