Saturday, May 18, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness review; a worthy sequel with a worthy villain
J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise in a big way! Star Trek was a huge success at the box office. And, it got people like me, who knew nothing about the mythology, to jump on board the USS Enterprise and explore the universe. It's 4 years later, and the entire crew is back. This time, there's a mysterious villain in the dark, trying to take out Star Fleet. The sequel is Star Trek Into Darkness, let's go!
What I liked about the film:
The Entire Gang is Back
The chemistry between the actors, and the relationships between the characters is what really pulled me into the first film. Chris Pine is back to captain Jim Kirk. Zachary Quinto plays Spock, Captain Kirk's trusted commander. Let's not forget about the rest, who I'll only list: Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood, Anton Yelchin.
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote the first film. This time around, their back, and Damon Lindelof also co-wrote. The story is somewhat explained in the trailers. A rogue Star Fleet member is out to kill his old colleagues. He has blown up a Star Fleet building and the USS Enterprise has been tasked with killing him. This story, coupled with quick and witty dialogue delivery by the film's stars, satisfies on multiple levels. There is definitely a twist in the film, but not the one you'd expect. I really enjoyed this film.
What I didn't like about the film:
Again Hollywood: Pointless Characters & Suspension of Disbelief
Also, I left the movie asking myself a few questions. Why this? Why did he do that? I mean, I know there is an expected level of suspension of disbelief, but some if it stretched really thin. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the script very much! But there are some aspects of the film which you just scratch your head and go, 'did anyone stop and think about this before the film was made?'
J.J. Abrams is just Plain Awesome!