Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness is one of my most anticipated releases of 2013 and last night I finally got well enough and suppressed my cold enough to head out and catch it.  May is a tight month so there is no missing out on this week’s because next week we have Fast and Furious 6 to see.  Back on track, I really wanted Star Trek to succeed because I’m not much of a Star Trek fan ever but the first one surprised me so much and I fell in love with it.  Its one of my absolute favorite movies.  Lets see how Into Darkness went…

star trek into darkness poster 2Director: J.J Abrams

Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller, Alice Eve

When Starfleet is under attack by one of their own, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is sent to take his team First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto), Lieutenant Uhara (Zoe Saldana), Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Sulu (John Cho) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin).  They set off under the orders of the admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) with their newest advanced weapons of torpedos to go to a deemed uninhabited area of the Klingon planet to hunt and terminate the fugitive (Benedict Cumberbatch).  However, the challenge is to try to avoid war with Klingons or head to head challenge.  When Captain Kirk decides to change his plans and capture the fugitive instead to further investigate the situation and to attempt to avoid starting war with Klingons during their sudden appearance while their spaceship is under maintenance to regain full power and capability, things start turning bad.  The situation gets a lot more serious and it turns into determining who is the friend and who is the enemy?

Thats a crazy vague synopsis in my opinion but for some of you who haven’t gone to see it yet, I’m trying to keep all the surprises for yourself to discover.  You know why? Because this movie deserved every ounce of it.

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Unlike the first one, Star Trek didn’t have that same beginning that impacted me to just get drawn into the movie.  This one starts off still in an intense sequence but is slower to lead you to the actual plot.  You can tell right away that there’s a darker concept to the whole story.  Its about Captain Kirk learning how to be himself but also thinking about the consequences and his crew.  Its a story about right and wrong and possibly honor and family.

star trek into darkness kirk scotty

Above everything, this is an action sci-fi thriller.  I’m not a big fan of sci-fi but Star Trek has me hooked.  This one lacked a bit in the beginning sequence but when it finally picked up after 15-20 minutes later, it was non-stop action that had me at the edge of my seat.  My eyes were literally glued to the screen waiting to see how Kirk would react, what logically correct thing Spock would say, what comeback Scotty would have and everyone else on the starship.  The team that we came to love and became familiar with in the first one.  I love movies that manage to keep the same cast from lead to supporting and simply adding a few other characters to help the story along.  Alice Eve’s role was quite good and I think she will be a great addition if there are any future Star Trek movies.

star trek into darkness kirk uhara spock

The villain in this one was so complicated.  It was also what had the twists and surprises at every corner.  The fugitive was Khan played by Benedict Cumberbatch.  I haven’t seen this guy before but he sure looked all kinds of sinister and evil.  He was crazy manipulating. I have to say that he was a pretty awesome villain because for a moment there, I started wondering if he really was a bad guy. There just seemed to be a deeper part to his story.

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I could’ve described Star Trek Into Darkness with just a few words.  INTENSE, ACTION-PACKED, THRILLING, FUN! This is definitely right now the best movie of 2013 so far.  It always surprises me how I get nervous about seeing it and it always kicks some serious ass! I love coming out of a movie and being so happy and fulfilled as I was with this one!! I’m definitely recommending this one.  Its one you don’t want to miss this summer 🙂

41 thoughts on “Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

  1. I wish Cumberbatch would get in to audio book narration, so I could listen to his voice for 16 hours!! If you liked him, by the way, check out the UK mini series called “Sherlock”. He plays Sherlock and is absolutely amazing….perfectly encompasses what a weirdo genius that guy is.

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    • HAHA! His voice is slightly creepy…but I’d take Jude Law and endless hours of listening to him.
      I’ve been meaning to watch it, just never had the time yet. 🙂 I saw that he was Sherlock in it, now I’m thinking of bumping it up my TV series queue 😉

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  2. Good review Kim. It’s fun, tense, and always ready to compel, but I just don’t understand why so many people are hating against it. I get that it may not be the Trek movie for all Trekkies from all over the universe, but at least it has fun with itself while it still can.

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    • I watched like 3 episodes of Star Trek in my entire life..so I have no idea what Trekkies and the original movies are like. But these ones are totally awesome in my book. I guess they expect it to pay homage to it and be similar…and its went off track. If it was like the series that I saw, I guarantee you that I wouldn’t have a lot of good things to say about it….but thats just me

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  3. I saw this last week and loved it. First the whole story and having Kahn involved. There is a long history in Star Trek about Kahn and the scene where Spock yells Kahn because Kirk was dead was exactly the opposite of a famous scene in the movie Star Trek III, The Wrath of Kahn. I saw it in three D because I absolutely find that technology fascinating. Great movie, worth seeing, I would see it again. But I like all Star Trek related types of things. I hope it doesn’t take so long for the next one to come out.

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    • I can see how 3D could’ve worked for this…but I don’t know, I have certain rules to watch 3D…its kinda how I view DVD/Blu-ray.
      I have (close to) zero knowledge of Star Trek aside from these movies. So I’ll take your word that its opposite ;). I’m excited for the next one.

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      • Watch Star Trek III sometime, when you aren’t watching one of the 4 billion other movies you watch and you will see. Exact opposite. I as well am anxious for them to start their Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no person has gone before. 🙂

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      • Okay! You got it! Because you asked, I’ll check it out 😉 Star Trek 3 on my movie queue. I just need to ask my friends to see if someone has it 🙂
        5 year mission sounds like the TV series..hahaha

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  4. I liked it after I came out of the theater, but the more I’ve thought about it, the more I really didn’t like it. So disappointing. Go see Mud, that’s the best film of 2013.

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    • Mud sure seems like it is the best with 98% RT score. I haven’t had that feeling with Star Trek yet but Ironman 3 is having that underwhelming feeling as I think more about it.
      Mud isn’t in a lot of theatres near me..so I might have to wait for the Bluray release…

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  5. Saw this the other day. Agree it’s a pretty cool movie. Not perfect, mind. The plot had me scratching my head a few times. Why exactly was the starship underwater? Why didn’t they just leave the ship in orbit? That made no bloody sense! Cumberbatch was great though. 🙂

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    • Mud is on limited release I think…so its hard to actually get to see it..haha! Its in the artsy theatre thats further away. I want to see it also but with this month’s lineup…not sure it’ll fit in the schedule

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  8. I’m going to be reviewing Man of Steel and I hope and pray that I get as many comments for that as you did for this one, Kim. Great job. Judging from the photo going round of Carol Marcus, I assume that one must be half-naked when going Into Darkness. Bring it on; I’m sitting here in my underwear right now. I should take a pic and send it in to the producers of STID (there’s an I in there so don’t read it wrong) with a note saying “yeah b*tches, two can play that game!!”
    Great review!! 😀

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    • Ah..Carol Marcus…I was almost going to post up an update with that photo since apparently, everyone did. haha! She was only half-naked in that ONE picture…

      LOL!! on the second part of that comment! Do it! Thanks! 🙂
      And you’ll do great on your Man of Steel review. I don’t comment much but I always read 🙂 Plus, I don’t intend on going to see it. Have fun!

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