Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness



Damnit Jim, Tribbles, Punch it, Kilgions and a bunch of other Star Trek references I only know casually, Star Trek Into Darkness rips into the summer blockbuster season with a bad and lots of classic references to keep the die-hard trekkies happy. The cast you know from the first movie all come back and James Tiberius Kirk (Chris Pine) is still in charge but we all know he can’t manage to not do something insane and impulsive to get himself demoted.

I’m not really familiar with the Star Trek universe. My grandmother is a die-hard Trekkie but my knowledge is mostly from casual viewings whenever I happen to be visiting her. I’ve seen at best half a dozen episodes and now of the original set of films. Even with my limited knowledge I was still very much taken by the story and the direction of Star Trek Into Darkness. I didn’t need a lot of knowledge going in which is good for the non Star Trek follower. I’ve you seen any of the comedic alliterations that other TV shows have done over the years you can follow along mostly well.


In case you have been living under a rock the biggest and worse kept secret has been that Benedict Cumberbatch plays Khan. He doesn’t say his name until an hour after the film starts but its pretty obvious from jump who he is. The bigger question is what he’s capable of which he sure does love to show you. Karl Urban provides most of the classic comic as Dr. McCoy, Scotty (Simon Pegg) provides the rest and is highly entertaining. The dynamic of Spock (Zachary Quinto)and (Zoe Saldana) Uhura’s relationship, including the fight they have where Kirk pretty much says exactly what the audience is thinking really works. Not all of this movie was amazing. While visually stunning someone neglected to remember that the movie needed to be lightened after the 3D conversion. The movie is very dark in places where you are not in space making it an annoying issue. There are moments where the camera inexplicably goes free hand, and while there are some good 3D moments before and after the window, there were many times where I did the glasses lift tests to see nothing was in 3D. For all the good of the story and the acting, I take issue with some of the cinematography. There is a pretty big twist that makes me think all the hush-hush over Khan appearing was just misdirection so no one would see the real storyline shake up and path. Does it work? Absolutely.

STID_Spock and Kirk

Even with the visual flaws the movie was pretty damn good. I was invested from start to finish, it didn’t fell too long, the reveal of the hidden agendas I didn’t remotely see coming (granted this could be because I’m naïve to the Star Trek Universe) but I was still completely taken in with Star Trek Into Darkness. I have to give it a full price, the IMAX upgrade is a tossup here, I feel its more the failings of 3D than IMAX as to where the visual issues lie. If you have the option to go for one and not both go for the IMAX.

My rating: Full Price
Upgrade worthy: Yes for IMAX
Director: JJ Abrams
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Run time: 2 hour 12 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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