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Where no Star Trek has gone before

By cinemaniac1210
Written May 17, 2013
JJ Abrams continues to rewrite the Star Trek universe to fairly good effect. Although it has a few good SFX set pieces, this is a plot and character-driven story writ large across the galaxy: Kirk struggles to integrate fallibility, hubris and greatness into a man fit to lead others where they've never gone before. Benedict Cumberbatch makes a deliciously complex bad guy and all the usual crew members get their assorted moments to shine. A few ridiculously goofy nods to the mythology are thrown in (a Tribble?!?!?! really?!?!?!), but this is very much Abrams' unique and refreshing perspective on this classic cosmology. Worth seeing, and worth seeing on the BIG screen.
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soaringly good fun!

By messier11
Written May 18, 2013
You don't have to be a trekkie to enjoy this movie, but recalling the original Star Trek movies will make this one more enjoyable, given some plot twists. Either way, however, the on-screen chemistry between the new Spock and the new Kirk is fantastic. Some of Spock's lines are LOL-worthy and the young Kirk's impetuous nature is very refreshing. All-in-all, just a fun movie, well worth seeing.
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Roles Reversed and an old theme

By FahFah
Written May 25, 2013
Really? We've waited so long for this only to get a rehash when Jim and Spock trade roles and the ever present Khan. Didn't like Khan in Star Trek or the Star Trek movie. Can't say there was much improvement in this one. Sometimes it felt trite and confused especially when you can't beam someone up but you can beam someone down, twice. Special effects were bad in some parts. Maybe that was for effect probably for 3D but I didn't even have a suspense of reality for those speeders in San Francisco. The actors playing Jim, Spock, Bones, and Scotty are getting the character down but the character of Uhurah is just pain annoying. Move on nothing to see here.
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Just another Action movie

By richludba
Written May 17, 2013
I'm OK with Into Darkness I guess, but it shouldn't be consider a Star Trek movie. Its kind of cheesy like other psudo SiFi movies. To me,they tried to make the character of Captain Kirk look like a Maverick, but he reminded me of some immature frat boy. He's kind of a d!ck. And then they really overdid it with the nuances that each character of the past had. Too many cute no brainer one liners. I really liked the character that Khan had. He seemed pretty bad ass, I wish the Captain was more like him. Anyway, I wasn't impressed with this movie as a Star Trek Collection. It was OK as a B science SiFi movie as far as I was concerned. A real Star Trek Movie would have had more interesting aliens aboard. The crew would have been more awe inspiring. I'm an old trekie from way back and so of course I'm going to watch any ST movies. Don't expect Star Trek caliber here nor any real creativity. Roddenberry would be pissed if he watch this.
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Serious parody or a parody of seriousness?

By cloutier65
Written May 18, 2013
While an interesting action/pseudo sci-fi drama, JJ Abrams once again demonstrates his broad shallowness in the new Star Trek film. It is basically two hours of action, snarky comments, and blatant scene-for-scene rip offs of previous Star Trek films. There is nothing new in this film. But, more insultingly is that there is plenty of recycled material with so-called 'clever twists' that are meant to pay respects to the original Star Trek, but instead expose this movie's lack of originality. The movie tried to be emotionally manipulative at the climax, but failed when Spock uttered what was Kirk's signature bellow. So, half the crowd went from forced tears to forced laughter. The whole movie is a badly executed mash-up, so I was surprised they strayed so far as to cast Cumberbatch as the signature villian. He's a good actor, but he was simply the wrong guy for the job in a movie that was built on copying the past. Fortunately for Star Wars fans, JJ Abrams will be a perfect fit.
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