Movie Title: Star Trek Into Darkness
Date Released: May 16th, 2013
Date Seen: May 17th, 2013
Seen with: Dad in IMAX 3D
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
A movie set in the alternate Star Trek universe developed in the first movie, that gives us an even more action packed film with a villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch who steals the show. The other actors are great, as you expected them to be coming from the first (new) Star Trek film. But wow, Benedict Cumberbatch. Every single scene he is in you are drawn to him. You want to see him do – anything and more. He leaves you wanting more, but not in a bad way, you just can’t help but get enough of him. The villain was also exceedingly well written. I don’t want to completely spoil the villain for you, but you’ll probably know who he is if you know Star Trek history…. he’s a very cool, superhuman type villan. If you’re wondering, just look at his characters name on imdb or in the second part of this review. But anyway – he plays him FANTASTICALLY. A couple of the other actors get little “moments” of awesome – which is good, because it’s nice to see more of the crew, other than Spock and Kirk. I am a Simon Pegg lover so it’s good to see Scotty getting to play a slightly bigger part in this movie. Uhura has about the same as the first time, Chekov gets a big chance to shine, even Sulu gets a little bigger piece of the pie this time. There is a lot more Bones as well – which is good because he’s pretty to look at, despite his weird grimace face he does a lot.
The movie seemed to have much better space fight scenes than the first movie. Not of actual starships shooting at each other but the destruction and chaos going on inside. You get to see a ship essentially crash and everything that is going on inside as it happens. It’s really cool. The graphics, in just the 4 years since the first movie came out are just enough better to really suck you into the movie. I saw the movie in IMAX 3D. I don’t think the 3D was necessary, it didn’t really add anything that I noticed. However the IMAX was AMAZING. Definitely see it in IMAX if you can. I really felt immersed and sucked into the movie because of it. There was only one scene that took me “out” of the movie, thinking about how awkward it to be to film – its a scene where Kirk is crying and Spock isn’t, so that’s why. Otherwise though, I was completely into the movie. It was great. Oh, also, YOU GET TO SEE A KLINGON! I wish we would have gotten more into them, that was my only regret about the movie.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
There is a basic synopsis here.
So the villain is Khan. But remember, we are set in an alternate universe, so the series of events that unfold are different than the original storyline. I love this because you don’t get all agitated as fans of the original media, when things go differently. In fact, they even use the alternate universe fact to their advantage by calling “Old Spock” and asking him about Khan. Here there are some things that I’ve seen some fanboy type people annoyed with, like why was Khan white (he’s supposed to be Indian), but hey, you got a GREAT villain who was acted amazingly by a great actor – so it’s a minor thing to overlook. It is also not a fact that (to my knowledge) directly affects the history/attitude of the character, other than that being just his ethnicity. Because of that, it’s also easy to overlook. The reason Khan is such a cool villain is because he is so smart and well articulated – that you can’t help but kind of like him. He also has this superhuman quality about him that you are just amazed by. I love smart villains infinitely more than just shoot-them-up villains – so Khan is of course going to be liked by me. He also has a reason to be fighting (even though it might not seem the best route to us, on the “good” side) – which makes him have that element of feeling slightly sorry for him. Benedict Cumberbatch was great playing this role, partly because he just has such a smart inquisitive face (that I still hold looks like an otter… google it) – as seen in in the other role I know him cast as – Sherlock on BBC. You do get the “KHANNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!” scream, which was slightly cheesy but…. oddly satisfying.
There are some “plot holes” per se. They’re not so much normal plot holes as just things that they did because it’s a movie and to further the storyline. For example, the fact that Bones said they needed Khan’s blood – why not use any of the other 72 frozen people’s blood? Granted, we do know for SURE that Khan has regenerative blood, but why not chance it and try someone elses, considering that he said they were ALL engineered to be this strong/awesome/etc. Then when they do catch/kill Khan, you’ve at least already started the process. Also, why did they need Khan alive? If his blood is regenerative… if you killed him… theoretically… it wouldn’t matter…. so just kill the bastard, suck up his blood, and kill him again! Or just use his dead body blood, because it’s not like the blood dies INSTANTLY with the body. Other little details bothered me. Like why were there 72 cryo tubes. I feel like there should have been 71. Because you think about it, if there were 72 crew + Khan, that’s a crew total of 73. Just seems like a strange choice, being a prime number, not very conducive to a flight plan. Unless you just always keep an extra around. I don’t know, just a small thing that bothered me the math-person. There were a couple more little things like that, but again, they weren’t bad and distracting. There’s also a moment with Alice Eve where she is semi-naked for no reason other than to have a semi-naked girl. Random.
Great awesome fun, despite the fact that there are some plot holes, it is better than the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek, the minor characters get more chances to do something, and the villain is standout amazing.