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Star Trek Into Darkness is the sequel to the franchise reboot launched by J.J. Abrams in 2009. The writers of Into Darkness have opted to stick with the story flow and characters of the originals, but Abrams tried to take the action up a notch.
Into Darkness finds our faithful characters quietly existing and –led by Capt Kirk — roguely bucking the intergalactic rule book much to the dismay of the rule-following Spock.
It’s not long before they have to begin battling a serious bad guy terrorist – no spoiler here!! But, if you know the second film in the original film series – that’s a hint. And I’m sure if you’re a Trekkie madly awaiting this film and somehow you didn’t see it this weekend — you still already know. (Nevertheless I won’t mention the name of the returning villain.) Of course we have to find the bad guy in the middle of some Klingons right from the beginning! And that leads to a massive escape scene! (This made me question — Might this be a preview of what a new Star Wars might look like with J.J. Abrams at the helm?)
Of course the crew of the Enterprise carries out its mission as tasked to battle the villain, but along the way the story unfolds as more about the development of the characters and especially about Kirk and Spock getting to know each other than anything…which I found refreshing and interesting.
I’ve never been a particular fan of Chris Pine as an actor, but I do find him doing an above par job as Kirk. And Zachary Quinto as Spock continues to shine as Spock! I love watching him; he’s always spot on, but this time he seems to have added more layers to the character.
Director J.J. Abrams manages to go bigger and relatively better in the special effects and explosions department. I was never distracted by the CGI, and found it believable even in the middle of an unbelievable scenario. Some of the 3D was particularly impressive. It’s been a long time since I ducked in my seat to avoid something seemingly flying right at me… But I did. Twice.
The 2009 writing team of Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci were joined this time around by Abrams’ pal and partner on many projects Damon Lindelof. Not sure how they managed it as a team, but the character development seemed stronger here, and the story seemed more tightly woven than 2009.
One interesting thing to note for me is in the casting – particularly of the bad guy (Benedict Cumberbatch), but also in the choice of Alice Eve as Carol Marcus. I found it distracting, maybe the accents had something to do with it? They just seemed weak choices to me.
I liked Into Darkness well enough, not as much as Star Trek 2009, but I think that’s because I was high on the newness and refreshed take on the characters then. Now that they are settling in, you get to be a bit more nit picky. There are things I liked better than 2009, too, namely the focus on characters. No doubt about one thing, with Into Darkness, Abrams and crew boldly go exactly where they want it to go, and Star Trek fans are enjoying the ride.
THREE OUT OF FIVE COOKIES