Friday, May 31 2013, 11:15 AM MDT
Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
Recommended To: Fans of the rebooted franchise and summer blockbuster devotees.
Synopsis: When a Starfleet agent orchestrates a massive terrorist attack Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the Enterprise is sent to take him out.
Review: The less you know about the specific plot points of Star Trek Into Darkness the better. With that in mind, all most of you need to know is that it is a beautiful and entertaining action film that will satisfy most audiences. It is a step back from director J.J. Abram’s previous Star Trek film, but it doesn’t sink to the depths of mediocrity of the original franchise’s lesser films. Nonetheless I find it hard not to see Into Darkness as somewhat disappointing. The brilliance of the first film was that it granted the reboot an entirely blank page to work with. It wasn’t bound to follow the same trajectory of the original series. Unfortunately Into Darkness doesn’t take advantage of that freedom as it heavily relies upon familiar plot elements and characters lifted from the previous timeline. Certainly there are some interesting juxtapositions but it feels like screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof lost some of their nerve and rather than being bold and taking the franchise into unexplored territory they’ve simply given us a film that is fueled by a sense of nostalgia. The film also fails to build any sort of anticipation of what might come next. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan had an incredible climax that truly sent the series into darkness. Into Darkness lacks the panache to plunge Star Trek back into the unknown.
-Ryan Michael Painter