Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Posted: May 22, 2013 in Drama
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Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) rescues Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) from a primitive planet, but reveals the Enterprise to its inhabitants, thereby violating the Prime Directive of non-interference. Spock reports him and Kirk gets demoted to serving as first officer under Captain Pike. (Bruce Greenwood) While Kirk is demoted a bomb goes off in London, at Starfleet storage  facility.  As Starfleet command gathers to try to find out who bombed the storage facility, the Starfleet gathering is attacked by John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch)  who, after killing Pike escapes to the Klingon homeworld of Kronos.  Kronos is on the edge of the neutral zone, but Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) gives Kirk the Enterprise back armed with Marcus’ newest weapon, the photon torpedo. Marcus wants Harrison killed, and possibly to start a war with the Klingons that he feels is inevitable.  Kirk wants to capture Harrison alive, and just when he is on the verge of doing that, Harrison turns himself in.  Who is John Harrison?  And why would he turn himself in after killing many members of Starfleet command?

I did not like Star Trek Into Darkness, to tell you why would ruin the movie and I don’t want to do that.  I want you to be outraged, just as I was outraged that the studios greenlighted this script.  The writers, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindeloff, think they can spew some terms like Prime Directive, and planets like Kronos and the fanboys would be delighted.  Well, I wouldn’t call myself a Trekkie, not in the convention going sense, but I have watched all the episodes of the original tv show and at least 4 of the movies, so I’m pretty conversant about Star Trek.  I find the reveal in this movie insulting as a Star Trek fan, and a movie fan.  And I think anyone who has seen the show and the original movies would feel the same way.  I was wondering why this movie didn’t gross that much in the first weekend, now I know.  See it if you want, but Iron Man 3 is a much better movie.  Chris Pine makes a good Kirk, he’s a much better actor than William Shatner, almost anybody is. Zachary Quinto annoyed me, he sounded like he was doing a feeble impression of original Spock Leonard Nimoy.  Benedict Cumberbatch was great as Harrison, he was the only saving grace in this movie.  He is equally good in a much better BBC tv show called Sherlock.

Here is my review of season 1 of Sherlock. Check the show out if you can.

The pacing of Into Darkness lags, especially towards the end when the excitement should be building, that is the fault of Hollywood’s newest hot property, JJ Abrams.  I hope he does not do to Star Wars what he did to this installment of Star Trek.  I really hope he has better ideas, for Star Wars fans, and moviegoers everywhere.

Star Trek Into Darkness:  JJ Abrams is in the dark about what makes a good sequel.


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