Star Trek Into Darkness Review


Release Date: May 17, 2013

Watched: May 17,2013

Review Date: May 19, 2013

Director: J.J. Abrams

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch

The Filmster Rating:

Grand Rating

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. – IMDb

Before, the 2009 reboot Star Trek, I have never seen any of the Star Trek films and never had any intention to watch any of them. So, when the 2009 Star Trek came out I didn’t go watch it in the theaters, I waited until it came on cable. Finally when I saw it, I was blown away on how good that film was. Still, it didn’t make me want to become a Trekkie and watch any of the older films but when news of a sequel was coming, I got very excited and it became one of my highly anticipated movies of 2013. Star Trek Into Darkness finally arrives and it is bigger and better than the 2009 film, and it officially makes me want to become a Trekkie. So, right after seeing the film, I head out and purchase all the older films because I want to know all about the Star Trek universe.

Star Trek Into Darkness is so far the best summer blockbuster, because it delivers in bringing a good story, great acting and amazing action sequences. Right from the start of the film the action and adventure is delivered magnificently when Kirk and Bones are running through a red forest. Also, the drama and the relationship between Kirk and Spock is set up great early on in the film. The tone of this film is a bit darker than the first, but it still has its fun moments like in the first one. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are even better this time around as Kirk and Spock, and both have some standout moments. Of course, the rest of the Enterprise crew were all great especially Simon Pegg and Karl Urban, which both bring most of the funny moments. The performance that stole most of the show was Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison. His presence and acting just made for a great and menacing villain.

The story was really good and the emotions are even higher this time around and it made you care about the characters even more. The plot of the story was never given away by any of the trailers, so, it gave you some good surprises as the story unfolds, which makes your experience that much better. The problems I had with the film, were that the story wasn’t original, in fact they just followed the same story from the 2009 Star Trek but added some surprising elements. The theme was pretty much the same as the first film, both villains from both films had similar agendas. I thought they could have came out with of a much more creative story. The story also becomes a bit predictable especially towards the end.

The look and the action in the film were spectacular that makes it one of the best looking Sci-Fi films. The future San Francisco and London looked great and believable. The action throughout the film kept you on the edge of your seat. The standout scenes were when they run into some Klingons, when Kirk and John Harrison are flying down in space through debris and at the end when Spock and Harrison battle it out on top of a moving vehicle. All scenes were just breathtaking to watch.

Star Trek Into Darkness is a fun action packed and emotional film that anyone can enjoy. Even though it borrows the same story from its predecessor, the surprises in the plot makes up for it. Great performances from Pine, Quinto and Cumberbatch is what sets itself apart from its predecessor. With the disappointing Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness is easily the best 2013 summer film so far.

Bloggers Thoughts

“Star Trek: Into Darkness is an extremely entertaining new chapter in the series that does even more than its predecessor to reward true Trekkies.” – Rorschach Reviews

“Star Trek Into Darkness has really up’d the game this summer. It’s going to take something truly epic to take Into Darkness off the top spot in my opinion” – Tim’s Film Reviews

“J.J. Abrams made the franchise relevant again with 2009′s Star Trek. Now Star Trek is just as much a part of the fabric of sci-fi cinema as it once was and, whilst not without its flaws, Star Trek Into Darkness should see it stay that way for the time being.” – Terry Malloy’s Pigeon Coop

“the film winds up being just the type of summer spectacular you would hope for. It’s plot isn’t exactly airtight, but it has deft enough sleight of hand to keep your mind off of its flaws and focused on the fun.” – Fogs’ Movie Reviews

Comments are much appreciated. Thanks for reading

19 responses to “Star Trek Into Darkness Review

  1. Nice review! I really liked this a lit better than I expected. Really works on almost every letter. Better than the first film for me.

  2. Hope you enjoy the older films, Issy. I’m sure its going to be a bit challenging coming from these and going to those, without the benefit of the tv shows, etc. Still, the original cast is where my love for the franchise lies! :D

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