Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) | Movie Review
Release date: May 16, 2013
Runtime: 2 hr. 12 min.
MPAA rating: PG-13
I have another movie recommendation for you today, as you can tell. I can't help it - all of the movies I want to see are coming out right now! When it comes to Star Trek, my official introduction to it happened in 2009, when the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie came out. I was never a "trekkie" growing up and barely knew anything about the subject. I was rather blown away by the film. Since then my knowledge has grown a bit, thanks to Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, and I have also been getting more into Sci-Fi in general. My expectations were pretty high for Star Trek Into Darkness, especially after I found out Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock love anyone?) was a big part of it, and let me tell you: I was not disappointed.
If you haven't seen the first movie, or any of the Star Trek stuff, or don't remember anything that happened in the first movie (like me) - have no fear. Though some connections do exist, this movie is perfectly fine on its own. Let me set it up a bit. Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine) is in charge of a spaceship called Enterprise and he's a bit of a reckless fellow. His first officer, a half-human half-vulcan named Spock (Zachary Quinto), is the voice of reason. Benedict Cumberbatch plays a mystery man, whose blood heals others. We can quickly identify his as the villain, who has some big issues with Starfleet (the space-exploratory and peacekeeping organization Kirk and Spock are a part of). It's not too long until things start exploding, shocking revelations come up and difficult choices arise. Because really, who IS the "bad guy" after all?
The movie looks fantastic. I saw it in 3D and had to dodge a few things flying out of the screen towards my face, but even without that Star Trek Into Darkness is a mind-blowing experience. The action, the explosions, the worlds, the spaceships - they are what one would expect from J.J. Abrams. Something that was really refreshing to see, however, were the relationships between the characters. So often big movies like this one sacrifice the story and the "humanity", if you will, to visual effects - just look at Oblivion or The Avengers. This film got to me on the emotional level when I least expected it. As far as the acting goes, everyone was great, but two people stood out the most to me. Zachary Quinto opened up, as Mister Spock's character goes through some major transformations during the film. Benedict Cumberbatch... man, this guy is intense! Like so many others, I just can't get enough of him and he certainly had everyone's attention in Star Trek Into Darkness. I will go as far as saying he was the best part of the film.
Now for a bit of random silliness. The morning before I saw the movie, my husband and I had breakfast with friends and the subject of lens flares came up. I have never paid much attention to lens flares, but the guys kept talking about them and how they were all over Star Trek and Sci-Fi stuff in general. Never bothered me before. Until now. They got into my head that morning and the entire movie I was spotting lens flares. I saw them everywhere. I'm pretty sure I will be looking for lens flares in every movie I see from now on. And now you will too. Have fun!
In conclusion, I will summarize all of the above by saying: I absolutely loved Star Trek Into Darkness and I had so much fun watching it. What about you? Have you seen it yet? Are you planning to? Are you a fan of Sci-Fi in general? I want to know what you think and I hope you are as entertained as I was!