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If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to listen in to Blaine and I talking Trek (the 2009 variety) here. See how well (or how poorly) we predicted things.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Cast & Crew

Directed by J.J. Abrams

Written by Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof

Starring:
Chris Pine as James T. Kirk
Zachary Quinto as Spock
Zoe Saldana as Uhura

Full Cast and Crew on IMDB (Warning Spoilers in the cast list!)

Synopsis

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

Review

Gonna be hard to stay spoiler-free, but here goes.

Short review: It’s awesome and fun, go see it.

Long review: While it has some dumb moments, the film is a lot of fun and has a great heart. The crew are back at it and it’s awesome ride along the way. There have been a lot of spoilers along the way, but nothing that’s too groundbreaking, since we’re starting from a different baseline than before.

The final thirty minutes of the film are pretty blatant fan service, but hey don’t we deserve a little? My daughter saw it with us and while she didn’t have the necessary background, she still enjoyed the film for what it was.

All in all, it’s a fun film that captures the heart of what the ship and crew mean in Star Trek.

High Points

  • Abrams and company have made space battles a horrifying thing from the crew’s perspective. Space is scary and lethal.
  • Loads of in-jokes. You may have to watch this film a dozen times (like I’m wont to do) to pick them all out.
  • “No more metaphors! That’s an order.”
  • Klingons!

Low Points

  •  And the Klingons get one whole scene.
  • Though the Enterprise takes a devastating amount of damage, most of it seems to be generic explosions. I kind of miss the old close-up method of describing the damage to the ship.
  • Scotty even calls it out: The ship sitting on the bottom of the ocean is just silly. And most of the atmospheric shots of the Enterprise are just jarring. I know there’s canon for it in the series, but it just doesn’t look right.
  • There are a few scenes towards the end of the film that are meant to be heart-felt and moving, but since they were retelling an older plot (and a very tired Internet meme), I found myself fighting down laughs. I don’t think that’s what they were going for.

Scores

Clearly, the originality is going to suffer from what’s essentially a retelling of an older Star Trek storyline, but kudos have to go to the writers for making it something different than what we’ve seen before. 3/6

The effects are, once again, top notch, even when things get silly. 6/6

The story is a good one, if a touch predictable in places. 4/6

The acting is great. The main cast is settled into their roles and they shine. Cumberbatch, while pure evil, is still sympathetic. 5/6

So, I’m going to ding them on the lens flares. They aren’t as bad this go around, but it’s just unnecessary. The last time out, my eyes were actually tired by the end of the film, but not here. Otherwise, the sets look great. 5/6

There are some truly emotional moments. You get that these characters care for each other, but are a dysfunctional family. Someone less cynical than myself may find certain dramatic scenes more moving. 4/6

Overall, this is a great sci-fi flick. It’s not the old Trek, but we’ve established that four years ago. We’ve got the exposition out of the way and now Kirk and company get to do their thing. 6/6

Total: 33/42