Star Trek Into Darkness

J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” was the very first movie review I wrote for Four years later and hundreds of movie reviews now written, I am still going strong. So is J.J Abrams. The man has completely outdone himself with this new adventure and this movie will be enjoyed by all, whether you are a Star Trek fan or not. However, “Star Trek Into Darkness” is a wet dream come true for the die hard fans out there.

The crew of the Enterprise is hunting down a terrorist named John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), a former Starfleet officer. Once they catch up to him, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew find themselves in the greatest danger they have ever faced.

This is a plot I don’t want to describe in detail because it is better to be seen with few preconceived notions and definitely spoiler- free. Besides, there have been numerous trailers of the movie for a half year now, so many of you have a general idea of what this movie is about.


One aspect of “Star Trek Into Darkness” that truly separates it from any Star Trek movie that has become before it is the acting. I’m not trying to imply the acting in previous movies has always come up wanting, but it was hardly ever worth mentioning either. In this movie, many of the characters go through some real raw emotional moments. Tears drop from their faces, and you can really feel the pain they are suffering. This brings an emotional level rarely experienced in a Star Trek before.

Don’t worry, there is no shortage of action in “Star Trek Into Darkness”. An important factor to note is that this movie doesn’t rehash the same type of sequences J.J. Abrams included in the first outing. There is more personal combat, both hand-to-hand and gun battles, to enjoy. Plus, there is some fantastically filled moments of tension too. Combine it all and you have one of the best entries in the Star Trek franchise ever.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” is being presented in 3D and IMAX 3D. The movie was converted into 3D during post-production; however, the movie was always intended for that course of action, thus, the 3D effects in the movie are top-notch. There is great depth of field and some object come flying your way. The advanced screening last night in West Palm Beach was not shown in the IMAX theater, so I can’t write how it is t see it in that format. It should be noted that J.J Abrams shot about 30-minutes of the movie using IMAX cameras, so if you get a chance to see the movie in IMAX, you should be in for a real treat.

Writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof delivered a very solid script and it is pretty obvious these men are not only talented writers, but obvious fans of the Star Trek franchise. All the characters have their moments. Kirk is Kirk. Spock is Spock. Scotty (Simon Pegg) is Scotty and so on. When you see the movie, you’ll understand what I mean. If anything, the movie does run a little long, but that’s hardly a reason not to see this movie in the theaters as soon as possible. The bigger crowd you see it with, the better. The audience at West Palm Beach applauded on several occasions. Chances are you will too as “Star Trek Into Darkness” is likely go down as one of the best movies of the summer. It is rated PG-13 intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.