When you get into creating an action movie that depicts a wondrous and famed TV and Film series, and continuing the renewed, refurbished and rebooted version, you don’t know what to expect especially since I’m: A. not a die-hard fan of the franchise as a whole, and B. it’s been 4 years since the last J.J Abrams directed movie. Having not watched the movie since that time, I really didn’t know what to expect coming into this one, but I had a feeling that this one would be similarly related to the other ‘action hero’ movies of recent that have came out. It’s ironic that the word ‘dark’ is in the title of this movie, because that’s what it felt like, and that was the direction that it went in.
Captain Kirk (the role continued by Chris Pine) was last seen as the captain of the beloved U.S.S Enterprise and the young gunner with all of his on-the-fly thinking, sarcastic attitude and ‘bad-boy charm’, was embarking on a new role in leading the charge being the face of the respected Starfleet. In a young man’s life, when he makes decisions that can not only impact him but the people around him, then you have no choice but to live with whatever consequences are served to you whether or not you went solely by your instincts and measure of merit. This movie had a collection of stories intertwined within them in the larger picture, but focusing in on what the main aspect revolved around – it was the growth of Kirk and just what he had to do in order to truly live up to his title as Captain. After much scrutiny about if he’s able to lead, an event happens in which older Star Trek fans would appreciate because of the character references that relate to the franchise (hint: Wrath of _ _ _ _). Zachary Quinto reprises his role as Commanding Officer Spock, and the general banter and growth between Kirk & Spock were tested throughout the movie, but it showed signs of faith of your team and having the respect of others that lead to helping you make better decisions when the time comes.
Star Trek (as I’ve stated before) is a Franchise that I was pretty much too young to remember, and almost every reference I got from it came from watching TV (The Simpsons, ABC’s TGIF, The X-Files, etc.), but with that being said, you know that it deals with intergalactic warfare, and the level of acting is Soap Opera-ish in nature – it’s just dramatic. The movie kept me on my edge of my seat from start to finish, and with the fact that there was humour and a little (thank GOD it was just a little) romance that went along with the movie, it didn’t seem like it was dragged out to me (not all the way). If you don’t know the franchise, there are chances that some stuff may fly over your head when someone older says “you know where that’s from?” and there you are with the ‘stuck-on-stupid-face.’ However, it isn’t all the way necessary to have to have great detailed knowledge on the franchise, but if you’re looking for action, it’s there. If you’re looking for a storyline, it’s straight forward (with some ‘wtf’ moments, but every movie has those). Into the darkness essentially means that you’re venturing into a different area blindly, unknowingly of what’s to come and literally you just roll on through to discover whatever it is that you find. Wandering into the abyss on a personal level, you deal with personal growth and you go into a phase of finding that guiding light to help make things possible for you to recognize. It’s a survival story, but in the mind of Captain Kirk, it’s just how far he would go to prove that he’s worthy of being a leader and finally getting the just respect that he deserves from his crew.
Spend the money and go watch an entertaining movie, as this one definitely provides entertainment for all. If you feel the need to revisit the first movie, then go right ahead, but like I said, you’ll be okay if you haven’t watched it in a while (it doesn’t hurt). This is my opinion, this is my review, but for now
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