Star Trek Into Darkness


We saw Star Trek Into Darkness Sunday night. I thought it was a mess – a constantly engaging mess in which I was never bored – but a mess that never seemed to have a coherent plot arc. I enjoyed the first rebranding of the franchise in 2009, so I was a surprised that this seemed so generic. The movie starts with a set piece that has no relationship with what will become the major part of the movie which, I guess, has become standard fare for Adventure movies. The first time I noticed this was in James Bond movies but, as I think about it, the first Indiana Jones movie started that way.

For me, the set piece went on a little too long, but, on the plus side, the special effects were spectacular. Even on a huge screen, the Enterprise seemed real. After the credits, Benedict Cumberbatch – who I have a major man-crush on – shows up as a sort of Jason Borne gone bad. His blue eyes glow, but not as much as Captain Kirk’s, and all I could think of was how much post production work was done on every frame of the digital film.

It was heartening that, in the future, only bad guys use drones and torture. It was also heartening that the Startreck family squabbling is still there so that this would not be mistaken for a Starwars movie which – I read – will be directed by the same J.J. Abrams. Maybe the problem is that it is the middle movie of a trilogy. Maybe the problem is that I am not really a Trekkie.

BTW, did I mention that the spectacular special effects were great?


2 thoughts on “Star Trek Into Darkness

  1. I think there are two problems:

    1) You are not a Trekkie;

    2) JJ Abrams is not a Trekkie.

    And one thing that is not a problem is Benedict Cumberbatch (or Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch to be more complete). He is a suburb villain.

  2. SPOILER ALERT FOR OTHERS WHO HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE: Don’t read this……Well, I think you hit the nail on the head. Paramount Pictures, the director and some of the actors made a huge effort to deny the movie was about Khan, but then there he was. The first movie, which was excellent, was a great set-up film, and I thought that they would not need to fall back on an old episode, since the fabric of the dimension had been split, and they could go wherever they wanted with the story. Still, I enjoyed the movie, and the further character development. I’m pissed they killed off Pike, but at least he didn’t go out beeping in a body cart like the TV show. I think its safe to say that a Klingon war is coming for the next round, and they have established that they are now on a 5-year mission to explore the universe. Hopefully they will have enough confidence to keep the concepts that make Star Trek what it is, and explore new stories from here on out.

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