Rev. Ron’s Bite Sized Reviews: “Star Trek Into Darkness”

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What is it?

A sci-fi film that’s a sequel to the film that’s a reboot of a fairly obscure television show that has a small following to it.  You might have heard of it…

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What’s it about?

The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to collect a terrorist on the run that goes by the name of the most famous Star Trek villain this side of Fantasy Island and a fake chest…only to learn that his history is filled with corruption from a prominent Star Fleet officer.  Now it’s up to Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban) and the rest of the crew who boldly go where no man has gone before to save the galaxy…

Does it make my butt look big?

Nah… it makes you look great.  Have you been working out?  Because it shows.

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The Good

  • The action is fantastic!  Like get up, spin and immediate do the splits like you’re David Lee Roth-type of fantastic!
  • The special effects look good enough for a Trekkie to settle down and start a family with.
  • Director J. J. Abrams, thankfully, downplayed the annoying lens flare that blotted out the sun, the action, the story and the actors from the first one.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch took a villain that was a complete mystery to me as to why he is even considered a decent nemesis and made him cool, calculating and just plain badass.

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The Bad

  • Let’s be honest, this film is more like Star Wars than it is like Star Trek…this may (will) make a lot of Trekkies furious.
  • There are way, WAY too many characters in this film and most of them are either left hanging in the wind or have sequences and scenes that provide little to the story and/or plot and feel like they are forced in as a way to justify them being in the sequel.
  • Chris Pine is annoying as Captain Kirk (although slightly less so than he was in the first one) but he still isn’t very convincing as a starship captain. Hell, he doesn’t even look old enough to work in the Enterprise’s food court.
  • There are a lot of plot holes that will drive movie snobs into a frenzy.
  • Finally, the film puts too much energy into referencing Star Trek II:  The Wrath of Khan and the original series to the point the film feels less like a journey into some new stories and more of a parody of Star Trek in general.

Overall

I’ll be honest; I’m a Star Wars guy and not a fan of the Trek.  I just never could get into the characters or story, but I really dug this film.  Into Darkness has its low points but it proves to be a great sci-fi film that can (and most likely will) open up a new generation to Star Trek.


Rev. Ron is a comedian, wannabe movie critic and freelance bail bondsman on alternating weekends but only on nights that have either a New or a Full moon.  You can read a more in-depth review of this and other films on his blog at http://revronmovies.blogspot.com/

  • Chris Piers

    Yeah, pretty much agree with this. If you can ignore the plot holes, it’s a fun action movie.