Friday, May 17, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness review

To not watch Star Trek Into Darkness would be highly illogical.
The new Star Trek sequel directed by J.J. Abrams is cool, fast paced, and entertaining. It stars Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura. That's not all. Star Trek 2 has a great cast of actors like Simon Pegg and Alice Eve. The film is about Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise trying to capture a terrorist known only as John Harrison, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (although you find out his shocking true identity later in the movie). The first Star Trek movie (reboot) reinforced the series and established J.J. Abrams as a good and respectable director.  The second one far bypasses any expectations set by the first movie and makes for an awesome thrill ride that may be the best of the summer. The visual effects in this movie are truly something else. CGI isn't particularly special nowadays but J.J. really makes good use of it, and blends CG with set pieces flawlessly. "Trekkies" will be satisfied with the references to Trek movies like Wrath of Khan and also the sheer awesomeness of the film. I have to say I was expecting to be let down by this movie. With a really good first film, I could hardly expect anything more than mediocrity. Then good reviews started coming in and I got excited. My excitement was confirmed after I saw this sci-fi epic. Science Fiction is a tough genre to make it in, and there have been some true flops in the once noble genre. Such garbage as Alien vs. Predator or that crappy 2001 Planet of the Apes remake. Into Darkness will restore faith in sci-fi fans around the globe. The film runs kind of long at two hours and twelve minutes but it is worth every second and never gets boring. Abrams delivers some interesting camerawork and great scene transitions that keep you interested. The intriguing and awesome story keep you even more interested. The film has it's flaws. It sometimes overuses the whip-pan camera technique and occasionally relies on outer sci-fi elements to get out of tight jams. Overall though, it's an incredibly enjoyable flick that may be the best blockbuster of the season. (Yes, it's better than Iron Man 3) I give Star Trek Into Darkness 4.2 out of 5 stars. You can follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at
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