Brian’s Review – Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

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After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

Directed by J.J. Abrams

9 out of 10

It’s a great relief to me to see that J.J. Abrams has taken over the Star Wars series starting with Episode 7 and a great sadness that he will no longer be making any Star Trek films. This is every bit as good as the previous entry where Abrams reinvented the series by creating an alternate timeline that separates it from the original television and movie series with William Shatter and company. That was brilliant masterstroke of sci-fi writing because it opened the floodgates to possibilities of what could happen to these classic characters that differed from the original stories.

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Star Trek:Into Darkness is action packed and loaded with first rate stunts and special effects. However, I’m glad to say that they never come at the expense of storytelling or character interaction. All of the Enterprise crew have a likeability in their own way and you find yourself rooting for them. The main differences between this film and the last is a first rate villain played brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch who is far more interesting than Eric Bana’s villain in the last and an even more frenetic pacing because we no longer need introductions to the main players. I won’t give away plot details because there are several easy things to spoil. However, I will tell you that this is first rate popcorn entertainment. It may not be the brainy sci-fi that some Trekkies live for but it sure is fun.

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Brian’s Note: I saw this in IMAX 3-D and recommend it. It’s done much more tastefully than other three dimensional efforts. I still prefer 2-D but it’s acceptable.

8 responses to “Brian’s Review – Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

  1. Great post. I also wrote a movie review on Star Trek Into Darkness. If you could visit my blog, check out my reviews and tell what you think, I’d really appreciate it.

  2. I really have to see this. It is getting really good reviews. Will have to check out the last one first though!

  3. Great job guys. I like how you put it all together. I’m a new up and coming blogger myself and I am a fan of movie review and TVs show review sites. Keep up the good work.

  4. I can’t wait to see this movie! That’s saying a lot considering that I grew up with my mother and favorite aunt (both self proclaimed Trekies) torturing me with the old Shatner Star Trek. I know more about that series than I care to admit. When my mother asked me to take her to see the first new Star Trek movie I almost went running for the hills, but was more than pleasantly surprised. When we walked out I told her I really liked it, she said she did too, except for “one MAJOR flaw….Kirk’s eyes are supposed to be green!” ::Sigh::, at least I won’t mind taking her to see the second one.

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  5. Awesome post. I totally agree with everything you said! We gave the exact same rating on our review of it on our blog! I will definitely be coming back to your site to see what else you guys post!

    If you want to check out our review, here it is:

    I can’t wait to see what J.J. does with Star Wars next, although I will admit I am a bit skeptical about a new Star Wars.

  6. Yeah J.J.Abrams has done a really excellent job producing this Star Trek. Especially when the brilliant actor Benedict played so well in this movie. Not only the movie had the great cast but also the plot can still include emotional moments and hilarious scenes. Great movie.

  7. Loved your review. Ashamed I couldn’t watch in the theaters… It seems it didn’t get enough public and had a short run here. At the same time, I was so engulfed by my job I couldn’t take some time off. When I finally did, there were only dubbed copies and I hate it. I can’t watch it. It keeps me looking to the cast’s mouth, and they’re just not compatible with the sound.

    Waiting for the dvd/blu-ray disc…

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