Star Trek Into Darkness (Spoiler-free) Review

StarTrekIntoDarkness_FinalUSPosterDespite loving the new Star Trek film, and enjoying the classics, I was always a bit skeptical when it came to Into Darkness. I’m not sure why, but there was a seed of doubt in my head that I couldn’t shake. The film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch and they all play their respective roles wonderfully. The supporting cast also does great, with Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg ruling their screen time, though I wish they’d of had more. Zoe Saldana is good as Uhura but her role was lessened compared to the first.

The story is good, not the greatest, but good nonetheless. I can’t help but feel like the writers took fractions of past Star Trek movies and put them in this one. It might have been too excessive to the point where it felt more desperate than a respectful nod to the past. The film has considerably less lens flare than the previous installment, which was a welcome change.

In terms of Star Trek movies, this one isn’t as good as 2009’s film and Wrath of Khan, but better than The Search for Spock. Chris Pine has done well so far as Kirk, to the point where I can’t imagine anyone else, other than Shatner as the famous character. That can really be said for all the roles, though. They all feel right, which make me want another sequel.

The movie didn’t feel at all long, which is great since it actually is long. It’s a great flick to see at the theater.



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7 thoughts on “Star Trek Into Darkness (Spoiler-free) Review

  1. Pingback: Star Trek: Into Darkness Review: It… Has… TRIBBLES!!!!!!!! | Rorschach Reviews

  2. The plot holes definitely hold the story back a bit but otherwise everything here exceeded my expectations. I’m definitely with you in awaiting the next one :)

  3. Best mainstream flick of the year so far for me, and that’s all thanks to the fact that Abrams does not lay down for anybody. Not even Trekkies. Good review Austin.

  4. I’m far from an Abrams fan, but have to admit that I’m warming more & more to his movie output.

    What he has a real grasp of, and what makes his films work, is a quite old-fashioned simplicity to them. This is just a good old 80s style sci-fi adventure romp for boys when you stop and think about it.

    Look at Super 8 as another example- very late 70s/early 80s Speilberg-y family adventure.

    That’s what I loved about Into Darkness – it has a boyish charm.

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