Movie Review: Star Trek – Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness Character Portrait Theatrical One Sheet Movie Poster Set - Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura  Hello all, and welcome to my review of Star Trek: Into Darkness! 🙂

  Starring: Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones), Simon Pegg (Scotty), John Cho (Sulu), Benedict Cumberbatch (John Harrison), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), Bruce Greenwood (Pike), Peter Weller (Marcus), Alice Eve (Carol)

Plot (taken from Fandango):

“The crew of the Starship Enterprise returns home after an act of terrorism within its own organization destroys most of Starfleet and what it represents, leaving Earth in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) leads his people (Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoë Saldana) on a mission to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction, thereby propelling all of them into an epic game of life and death.”

Trailer:

Characters:

Chris Pine (Kirk) is an awesome Captain Kirk. At the end of the last movie, it seemed like he calmed down a bit, lol, but he’s back to breaking rules and making it look totally cool in the process. 😀

Zachary Quinto (Spock) plays an epic Spock. Totally in love with this character the first time around, with the always uber-epic Leonard Nimoy, and that hasn’t changed with Quinto’s take on him. I keep getting the feeling that this Spock, in this slightly different timeline, will have a little more of his human side showing than the original. We shall see. 🙂

Zoe Saldana (Uhura) is awesome, as always. I really like the added layer her relationship with Spock gives the storyline. You know I love romance in pretty much everything. 🙂

Karl Urban (Bones) is fun in every scene he’s in. Lol, I love all the little comments he makes.

Simon Pegg (Scotty) is another fun one. And again, I love the comments as he grumbles about this or that.

John Cho (Sulu) has another epic moment, even though he’s more of a secondary character, just like in the first movie. Lol, you don’t want to piss off this character. 🙂

Benedict Cumberbatch (John Harrison)….. Totally in love with this character too. *ugh – struggles to contain myself to avoid spoilers* Lets leave it at he’s an epic villain. And there’s a fight sequence with him that’s just beautiful! Kinda reminds me of how smoothly the villain moved in the second Hellboy movie. Really well done.

Anton Yelchin (Chekov) is another fun character. His expressions crack me up, lol.

Bruce Greenwood (Pike) is awesome. This character is a huge contrast to Captain Kirk, mainly because he’s so balanced and rule-abiding, lol. I really like the depth his interaction with Captain Kirk adds to the story.

Peter Weller (Marcus) is awesome. I haven’t seen him since Robocop. 🙂 I loved this character because it was a surprise for me. Lol, I can’t say anymore without spoilers, so that’ll have to do for now.

Alice Eve (Carol) is a character that I don’t remember as much about. I still haven’t watched the original series, and it’s been years and years since I’ve seen the older movies, so my mom had to explain her history to me. This is another cool character I’m looking forward to seeing more of in future movies.

Star Trek Into Darkness movie poster

Review:

Okay, so you all know I have some pretty massive movie biases, right?

This. Is. One. All by its onesome.

Let the gushing begin ~ it’s unavoidable, really ~ monkey brain goes wild with a full-on geek-out in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1:

OM-GOSH go see it now. Stop what you’re doing and go see it now if you haven’t. If you have, go see it again. Srsly, turn off the computer and *GO*. Just go. I’ll wait. Promise. ‘Cuz first it was all like: “BOOM!” and I was like: “Oh no you didn’t!” and then they were like “PEW-PEW-PEW!” and I was like: “Take that where the sun don’t shine!” and theeeeeennnnn they were all: “Duhn-duh-duuuuuuuuuuhhnnn!” and I was all: ‘NOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo! Fix it! FIX IT NOW DAMMIT!” Oh, you don’t know. You don’t know what IT is….. But you shall. And then you’ll be all: “NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooOOOOOOOOoooooooooo!!!!!!!!!” Just like I was.

Star Trek Into Darkness Character Portrait Theatrical One Sheet Movie Poster Set - Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison

*Ahem, cough, cough*

Uuuhhhhhmmm…. Yeah…. I’m THAT much of a fan.

Brace yourselves. If you wanted unbiased, I’m afraid you must search elsewhere my friends. 🙂

So, with my geek-out out of my system ~~for the moment, I make no promises~~ I have to say I’m really excited about the way the timeline is changing with each movie. Even though this is technically a re-boot of the older movies, it doesn’t entirely feel like it. I can’t wait to see what they change next.

I have read other reviews where the reviewer didn’t like that they’re kind of rehashing old territory in some instances, but since I’m looking at this as a re-boot anyway, I really don’t mind at all. If anything, I like this a little better than some of the other re-boots because they’re handling it as an alternate timeline.

Star Trek Into Darkness Character Portrait Theatrical One Sheet Movie Poster Set - Zachary Quinto as Spock

If you watched the older movies, there will be a few scenes that you remember. But even those are from the perspective of the timeline differences. I thought they really handled it well.

There was one moment, my “NNNNNOOOOOOOOoooooooooOOOOOOOOooooooo!!!!” moment, where it was just a little predictable. Lol, once I stopped freaking out and scaring all the movie-goers around me, I realized that it couldn’t be what I thought it was because that would just ruin everything and they’d lose ALL their money because no one in their right mind would buy this crap if they really went there and there would be angry letters, probably to the PRESIDENT, if they dared to go there and-

*deep breath, in with the good air, exhale, out with the bad*

Sorry. Mild geek-out. I’m ok now.

In case you’re wondering, I did manage to hide from mall security when they came to investigate….

Chris Pine

I really like the way each character is growing and changing. And, like I mentioned in the characters section above, I’m the most excited about the way Spock is growing. Lol, I love the Spock-brand-almost-sarcasm that keeps popping up, and his relationship with Uhura, which I think humanizes him a little more.

The action and pacing were really well done. Lol, and of course the effects were amazing. I didn’t feel like this one slowed down at all, even when I was seeing something from the first timeline.

There are some tragic moments in this one, but they really balanced it out nicely ~~ which means I didn’t start any riots…. mall security was only called that one time… 🙂 Lol, with good reason, I swear. And even those tragic moments led up to some really touching ones. One in particular, which I can’t spoil for you. You’ll probably remember it immediately from one of the old movies – just a little differently. 🙂

Star Trek Into Darkness Alternative Movie Posters

My Rating for Star Trek: Into Darkness: Epic – Go see this one, possibly more than once because it’s just that awesome, especially if you, like me, wear your Trekiness as a badge of honor. See it if you liked the last Star Trek movie, and the older ones as well, or if you like sci-fi in general.

How in love am I? So in love that I’m putting something completely random at the end of this, just because it’s Spock times 2!! Enjoy!! XD

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My Rating System:

Epic: This movie is so mind-bogglingly awesome that I may go see it twice. This one will have a place of honor on my shelf.

Cash-Worthy: Good stuff. This will most likely find a place on my shelf.

Not Bad: I liked it. I’m glad I saw it, and it may or may not end up on my shelf at some point. I would say rent it first to be safe.

Meh: Rent it first. You may love it or hate it, but I’m indifferent probably because it’s not my type of movie. I’m glad I saw it, but it won’t end up on my shelf.

Emergency Cake: I have an emotional reaction to movies sometimes, especially to tragedies. If a movie makes me sad or angry, sometimes it will stick with me for a while. At these times, only chocolate cake can save me. Chocolate cake makes everything better. No shelf for you. Ever.

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9 thoughts on “Movie Review: Star Trek – Into Darkness

  1. disperser says:

    So, you like it, then?

    I, on the other hand, have committed to not liking it. I’ll probably watch it when it comes out on DVD, but already have my mind made up.

    • paigeaddams says:

      Lol, that I do, my friend. I was wondering if I understated it a little? XD

      Out of curiosity, with no judgment here on your lack of enthusiasm for the awesomeness that is Star Trek, why the committed dislike? Are you anti-Star Trek, or maybe anti-re-boot? I know you’re not anti-sci-fi, because you introduced me to the epic Firefly (which I’m totally in love with too, by the way!). I can totally understand being anti-re-boot, especially when they mess things up — lol, I’m about to do my Man of Steel review, speaking of which. 🙂

    • paigeaddams says:

      Lol, definitely understandable. And you made some great points that I agree with. The whole thing with the blood was too open-ended – there are too many questions raised by that, and none of them are really answered at the end. And (this one others had to point out to me because I am lacking in scientific know-how, lol) some of the science really didn’t add up either. Lol, but cheerfully ensconced in my Star Trek happy place, I wasn’t put off by the flaws I did catch, or the flaws others pointed out to me later.

      Here’s a review for the movie I think you’ll get a kick out of – it’s one giant spoiler, but hilarious and true:

      http://io9.com/star-trek-into-darkness-the-spoiler-faq-508927844

      • disperser says:

        Interesting . . . they made most of the points I made, and I presume they watched the movie.

        . . . of course, I made them without the swearing, but I was thinking it.

  2. I think you need to be more candid in your reviews and tell us what you REALLY think. 😉

    Seriously, I’m a big fan of the original series and I loved this film. I was delighted to see Peter Weller (who I’ve loved since I first saw him in Buckaroo Bonzai.) There were admittedly some points where I had to turn off the scientist part of my brain and just go with the ride. Only one part where the writer in me thought “I could have done it better.”

    I think there’s value in looking at a familiar story and asking “what if it unfolded differently?” — especially if you gain new insights into the characters. I think they did a good job in this movie.

    • paigeaddams says:

      Lmao – I’ll definitely work on that! XD

      I couldn’t help gushing about this one – it was all the nostalgia, and flashiness, and seeing my beloved Star Trek characters again, especially in this slightly different light. And I really felt like they did a great job on the story, which is the main thing. 🙂 I hate to admit how lacking I am in the scientific knowledge department, lol, so I didn’t notice as many flaws there. I think the biggest one I noticed was the cold fusion issue, which I read about in a review of The Saint (lol, they made it snow in that movie – but it was still a good one, snow fusion aside. 🙂 ).

      And I totally agree about finding new insights in re-boots. I really like when they manage to weave those details into a re-boot, while still respecting the originals. 🙂 And I definitely like the “what if” kind of changes too. I feel like if I can look at it and pick out where the storylines move away from each other, I don’t mind even bigger changes sometimes – I think because they give a good enough reason for it. I think the changes in Star Trek are really well thought out so far. 🙂 And I really hope they make more movies!

  3. Jill Archer says:

    Loved the movie and your review, Paige. (I’m a big fan of the alternate timeline concept and J.J. Abrams. Will be interesting to see what he does with Star Wars, although I have mixed feelings about him taking on both). Into Darkness has been my favorite summer movie so far. Loved the You Tube clip too. Have a great week!

    • paigeaddams says:

      Thank you, Jill! 😀 Star Trek: Into Darkness has been my favorite so far this summer too. And I totally agree about Star Wars – I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with it too. I had forgotten they were going to do more movies. Lol, although I liked Episodes 1-3 okay, and the old movies more, I am definitely more into Star Trek. I think I enjoy the Star Trek storylines as a whole a little better. And I hope you have a great week too! 😀

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