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  • May 22, 2013
Don't be mislead by the Headline, oh and this review WILL contain spoilers, so if you haven't seen the movie yet I suggest you finish off this paragraph then go see it. Again this review contains spoilers so if you haven't seen the movie yet STOP READING, although the Headline itself is a big giveaway,. Anyways on to the review.

Star Trek Into Darkness, it wasn't until the third trailer when we got our first look at the USS Vengeance did I finally gain some interest in the movie. When I saw that ship that was when I decided I wanted to see this movie. But not just for ship, remember at the time the producers were keeping the bad guy a big secret (although I knew exactly who he was always going to be) so the mysterious ship just added more mystery to the character.

The internet as always was abuzz with rumours, some stuck to their guns and said the villain was going to be Khan, due to the ship others thought it was going to be Mirror universe Kirk or Picard (Which would have been super epic and awesome). That being said I went into the theater very excited to see this movie, despite my misgivings for Abrams Trek.

Star Trek into Darkness takes place one year after the Last movie, while on a mission to study a pre warp society Kirk violates the Prime Directive to save Spocks live. Due to this he is demoted to commander and the Enterprise is Given Back to Christopher Pike. 

Things soon take a turn for the worst when a Starfleet facility in London is attacked followed by a second attack on the senior command at Starfleet Headquarters. Pike is killed and the Enterprise is given back to Kirk for a Mission to bring the terrorist John Harrison to justice. 

Unlike typical sequels Into Darkness doesn't leave an odd taste in your mouth once the credits roll. It was dare I say better than the first, and keep in mind that this is coming from an Abrams Trek Hater. The movie wasn't perfect though while watching there were a few scenes that i felt really didn't need to be in the film, the two most prominent are the scene where Spock contacts Spock Prime on New Vulcan (I felt it was just a cheap way to get Leonard Nimoy into the movie) and the Scene with Carol Wallace in her underwear (yes good looking chick in no cloths, but wasn't really necessary)

I also had a problem with the final act of the movie,


after Kirk ``dies`` from a radiation overdose Spock files into a mad rage to find Harrison, this then leads us through a battle in San Francisco on flying cars as they fight, meanwhile back on Enterprise Mccoy discovers away to help Kirk, but needs Harrison alive to do it. Long story short, Harrison is apprehended, Kirk comes back to life, gives a speech about the events of the movie apparently a year later (2260) then the credits roll. 

I'm no Director but I felt that the last act of the movie could have handled better, it felt rushed and not very well thought out, I felt it would have been better if Mccoy discovered away to save Kirk, but needed Harrison to do it, so Spock then decides to go after him. Thats just my opinion though. Another thing I liked but ultimately though was kind of stupid was Spocks Khan scream. I'm sorry yes Kirk ``dying`` was an emotional scene but seeing Spock Khan scream made me burst out laughing, totally killed the mood. Not to mention yes the reference is cool but come on, in a scene like that especially in this day and age it really doesn't work. 

(End of Spoilers......for now) 

That being said there are many things I loved about the movie, as A trekkie I loved pointing out the numerous Trek references to my friends like my the Klingon Homeworlds moon was all destroyed, Why the Starfleet headquarters Building was called ``The Daystrom Building``, The NX-01 model in the Admirals quarters, What Section 31 is, the actor who plays Alexander Wallace is, what race the girls in Kirk's Apartment were, and many more. Another thing I loved about the movie was the twist on an already established story, yes if you've watched all the trek films already then technically you already know most of Into Darkness, but twists and reverses some things which make it not a total rehash. I liked that. 

The Movie was genuinely fun to watch and the actors portrayed their respective characters well (though you cant beat the originals). While I still am no fan of Abrams trek, I will say again that I enjoyed the movie and chances are when it come out on DVD i will be getting my copy. Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike check out this movie you wont be dissapointed. 

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August 26, 2013
I enjoyed this film as well. The only thing about your review that gets me is a complaint I've heard from a number of people about this film and that's the undie scene involving Alice Eve. I've seen plenty of scantily clad women throughout Trek's run. Heck, Kirk is a womanizer, so scenes like that are expected every once in awhile.
May 23, 2013
DDDDUUUUDEEEEE!!!!!!!! Nnnniiiiiceeee ttttoooo seeee you poooosssstttt tthhhiiisss rrreeviiieew!!!! Great observations, man, I agree about your comments with Kirk, but when Pike died, I thought it was a good emotional moment. But I did wish that Starfleet and the first shoot out with Khan was much more intense.
May 23, 2013
really I thought the first shootout was fine, due to it being a surprise attack and all.
May 23, 2013
Well you liked this more then I did. I might need to see this again cause I left the theater with a real "eh" feeling and rated it just thinking about what Trek movies I liked more then this one and less, and it wound up in the middle for me.
May 23, 2013
i read your review and you pointed out a lot of the things I didn't like myself. Honestly I probably liked it so much due to my disappointment with Iron man 3.
May 23, 2013
you too? I did not like Iron Man 3 either....
May 23, 2013
Yeah man I hated Iron Man 3, I've been trying to write up a review but It keeps coming out too biased.
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A good portion of Trekkies (or Trekkers, depending on one's level ofStar Trekobsession) have special affection for episodes of the original TV series that related to Earth and other-Earth cultures visited by the crew of theEnterprise, version 1.0. Some of the shows unfolded in distorted forms of the past, some in the present day ofStar Trek's future reality. Director J.J. Abrams recognized the importance of this relationship in his origin-story reboot of the franchise in 2009, and inStar Trek Into Darknesshe has made it an even greater touchstone to the roots ofStar Trekcreator Gene Roddenberry's defining philosophy from nearly 50 years ago. The human home world is key to the plot of this spectacularly bold leap intoStar Treklore, which cleverly continues along the alternate path that was established as separate from the "original"Star Trekuniverse in Abrams's first whiz-bang crack at advancing the mythology. But it's not just Earth that is cool and imperiled in this rendering of adventure in the 23rd century;Into Darknessalso plays with the original conceit that Earthlings were member to a multi-species United Federation of Planets ruled by a "Prime Directive" of noninterference with other civilizations. The conflict comes when rogue elements in the Earth-based Starfleet Command hunger to shift focus from peaceful exploration to militarization, a concept that is anathema to the crew of theEnterpriseand her ongoing mission. The new cast...
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