Directed by: J. J. Abrams
Written by: Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 11 min.
Into Darkness is simply a compilation of Star Trek’s greatest hits, and offers no new ideas of its own. Cherry picked iconic creatures and characters tacked to a dull story which party tries to recycle a much better written and executed Trek adventure.
There is one thin thread of an idea running through this film concerning Spock and Kirk, and how they interact with each other and respond to difficult situations. But it just doesn’t work in the new Trek universe J. J. Abrams set up in the 2009 reboot. In this new Trek universe Spock and kirk are still getting to know each other, and haven’t had the years to build the friendship that this story thread needed to be truly effective.
This is all played out with plenty of razzle-dazzle, and the effects, sound and photography are very impressive. But by simply mining Star Trek’s very long history for content, and then not taking to time to develop a proper story and push the franchise forward, all we are left with is an impressive fireworks show.
So if you liked the 2009 reboot, but don’t consider yourself a massive Star Trek fan, you will likely get some enjoyment out of this. It looks great and it certainly isn’t boring. If you’re a fan of Star Trek, this film will likely disappoint you and possibly even anger you. If there is such a thing as sacred Trek ground, this film tramples all over it. Even down to copying some of the dialog from an earlier, and frankly better Trek movie.
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Despite what I might think of the movie, this is still something you should see on a big screen. It looks great and sounds great, and there are plenty of crowd pleasing moments.
They hide the freaking Enterprise in a ocean! So that the indigenous population, who have barely invented the wheel by the way, don’t notice them. Why not, oh I don’t know, stay in freaking orbit then! Did you forget you had transporters, shuttles etc.
Jon’s two pence:
I agree this was a missed opportunity. Nothing really new here and worse – not only does it use many Wrath of Khan elements but it subverts them and puts them on their head – whilst patting itself on the back for being clever. It is not. It’s hard to be specific without ruining it but all the references weren’t needed. The first film succeeded so well in letting the newly refreshed characters live again in something new that it’s really disappointing seeing the film makers decide to rehash so much from previous outings. It’s not clever this time it’s sacrilege! Digging up original Spock is pointless and signals the film-makers insecurities.