Star Trek Into Darkness Reviews
October 26, 2014
I remember watching this movie when it was called "Wrath of Khan". Maybe I'll watch that instead.
October 25, 2014
Not as good as the first one, but still really good. Quito is the Spock of this generation and he plays very well !!! Great casting , great movie , I very enjoyed it !
May 16, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness throws Kirk and Spock into a Federation in trouble as a rogue agent launches devastating attacks against Starfleet. Kirk pursues the fugitive but soon finds out that all is not what it seems.
Following on from the 2009 reboot/reinvention and re-invigoration of the franchise, JJ Abrams and his team take us on a new adventure with plenty to be enjoyed for the open minded, long-life Trekkers and newcomers who can equally appreciate what is going on. From the opening scenes with Spock inside a volcano threatening an alien species to the Enterprise rising out of the ocean, to provoking a Klingon war and our crew taking a beating from someone with a bigger and badder ship, Into Darkness still manages to take time to explain and offer reflection. It's in these 'slower' moments that I thought the film may not stand up even to its predecessor (which was unrelenting in action, action and more action) but I was wrong.
There are some notable parallels to what has come before in Trek lore and while these will probably bother some fans, most should be able to get past it and understand why they're there. While Cumberbatch's performance is the standout, his character comes as no surprise. He does manage to deliver on some of the manipulative traits that were touched on by JJ and his team though. The bigger surprise for me was the appearance of someone else, if only for a brief moment and in what has been described by other fans as a wasted scene. I thought it was a nice touch.
Each of the Enterprise crew get their chance to shine again, notably the fan favourite McCoy by Karl Urban and newcomer Carol Marcus played by Alice Eve. Chekov gets a new role while Sulu is probably most under-utilised this time around.
After seeing the movie in both conventional 2D and Imax 3D, I would recommend the latter for the full experience. JJ and team have done a great job and I look forward to what might happen in the third installment which will hopefully be in time for Trek's 50th anniversary (and likely without JJ directing as a result).
Into Darkness is (as far as I recall) the only movie I have watched where the audience applauded at the end and certainly stands taller than other movies for popular franchises including SkyFall (James Bond) and Iron Man 3. So, even with all my Trekker bias I would have to say that it's the 2013 blockbuster to beat.
October 24, 2014
Not sure if this is actually decent or it just exceeded all my low expectations.
June 10, 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch? Badass yum
October 22, 2014
I found Kahn a very interesting villain -- perhaps it is just the Benedict Cumberbatch fan within me, but I was uncertain for a good while whether or not I wanted to trust Kahn with his sad past (which is actually pretty justified). I also thought the whole Vulcan-human thing with Spock was engaging, not to mention Kirk's painful path to true maturity as a captain of his ship. Again, the visuals are brilliant. I enjoyed this sequel nearly as much as the first; certainly a worthy companion to the 2009 film.
October 20, 2014
Another classic movie from the Star Trek series staring Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock and not forgetting everybody's favourite Star Trek character Scotty who is acted out by Simon Pegg who fits in well here. This movie will please any Star Trek Fan as the special effects are just as good as the acting. When the crew of the Enterprise return home from helping save the future an entire species, they find a devastating incident has occurred in there own organisation, which sends the fleet into chaos. Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a well known war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.
October 19, 2014
Wonderful show. No one should miss it.
October 17, 2014
The cast from top to bottom is amazing. Khan is terrifying..
October 13, 2014
Although some people liked this movie, I found the plot to be vague and acting was subpar at best.
July 5, 2013
It was a solid sequel, but unfortunately it didn't have one huge thing that made the first one great: Space. It needed more space, whether it be space battles or just the idea of space travel. Nothing really seemed to "happen" in the movie until the last 30 minutes.
June 11, 2013
You know I'm not a Star Trek fan, so I was like huh and what trying to catch up what was going on in the film. Star Trek Into Darkness is definitely entertaining film as Kirk and the crew face one of the most challenging task, apprehending or killing a man of destruction known as Khan. J.J. Abrams and Alan J Abram deliver a satisfying follow up with very impressive visuals. I will have to watch this one again.
October 9, 2014
I was unimpressed with the new Star Trek Into Darkness, especially considering how much I enjoyed the first incarnation of JJ's Star Trek. While Khan was an immensely well-performed character and a welcome addition to the story, I didn't find the impersonations of Spock, Bones, Scotty, etc., quite as charming this time around. Chris Pine as Kirk was definitely good, but Quinto lost a little something for me this time. And, while this may be a parallel Star Trek universe, the comparison's, albeit flipped a little, to the original Wrath of Khan, were just...weak. I rolled my eyes more than a few times. Visually, the film was beautiful, but the story was elementary, the dialogue was too full of unnecessary banter and bickering and the fight scenes were entirely over-choreographed. I now hesitate to see what JJ does with the Star Wars franchise, when I was ready to hand it all over to him. I guess he can't hurt what George was doing, but Star Trek Into Darkness seemed thrown together and, since the end takes them to the beginning of their 5-year mission to explore strange, new worlds, it doesn't seem like there will be a sequel.
April 3, 2012
Ok first of all, the IMAX version of this one is remarkable. Thus to the film, I find it unusual from it's predecessor. Though all the fun action and humorous dialogue. The plot seems weaker than the first one. But execution wise it is that impressive. Seriously I can say that I am now a J.J Abrams fan starting from the first Star Trek film up to this one. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, and special mention to Benedict Cumberbatch. These guys right here are so good that you will praise their acting and it is tremendously well performed. If I am to choose which is much better, the sequel or the first one. Simply I would still root on the first film from this one cause maybe its more epic than the sequel. But everything in here is well done and kudos to Abrams. Amazing acting, superb visuals and mind blowing sci fi action will pump you up from the edge of your sits. 4 out of 5 stars.
May 16, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness shows us once again why J.J. Abrahams was a good choice to direct Star Trek. Into Darkness was a decent and thrilling film like the 2009 Star Trek film was. However, I didn't think this one was as well put together. I personally like the first film better for a couple reasons, which I will get to. However this is still an experience you must see in the theater.
The characters are the same from the first movie with a couple new additions. The crew of the enterprise is still very fun to watch and work off of each other brilliantly. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto still do great as Kirk and Spock. I love the development and growth that this movie gave to both characters. Kirk comes to realize that there are consequences of his rash actions. Kirk seems much more like a captain in this film. He is still a bit reckless and hot-headed, but he comes off as much more mature than the last film, which I think is nice. Spock finds himself conflicted with following protocol and being human. I really like how both character arcs are presented and how they are resolved.
The rest of the actors give fantastic performances as well. We are introduced to a new crew member, Carol Marcus, played by Alice Eve. She does a good job. I do not mind her.
The villain, however, I have some issue with. Benedict Cumberbatch as Kon did not do it for me. Spoiler Alert! He plays Kon in this film. He is not bad, and I know he had big shoes to fill. However, compared to Ricardo Montalban as Kon, Benedict just falls short, in my opinion. He is the reason why I do not like this film as much as the 2009 film. By himself he's a pretty good villain, but as Kon he doesn't measure-up. He didn't encompass Kon at all in my opinion. They really didn't need to have Kon in this film at all. Fortunately we had another good villain in the film to counterbalance him.
That's another problem. There are tons of references, lines, and even scenes taken from Star Trek 2. Why? Were they not confident enough to tell their own story? They did that with the previous movie and it worked great. If they had just told a completely new story, which it seemed like in the beginning, then this could have been every bit as good as Star Trek 2009.
The effects look gorgeous. They are every bit as eye-pleasing as the first film, if not more so. I cannot comment on the 3D, since my theater does not show movies in 3D. The action is awesome and intense.
Overall, for those who loved the 2009 film like I did then you should see this. If possible, see this film in theaters. It is not as great as the first film but it's hardly a rip-off.
January 10, 2014
Awesome! Love the twist they've put on the franchise. JJ Abrams can do no wrong. Keep em coming, we'll all tune in!
April 30, 2013
Outstanding sequel and sci-fi epic by any standard.
September 2, 2014
What Into Darkness lacks in sequel standards set by its predecessor, it makes up for in sci-fi action and enough balanced drama for fans of the series.
September 29, 2014
I payed for a NEW star trek movie. Not The Wrath of Khan 2.5.
September 28, 2014
Really wasn't that good. I don't see much difference between this movie and every other CGI filled block buster. Khan's motivation's were wonky. Captain Kirk is secretly a Frat Boy who was let out into space. Spock's gimmick is everyone thinks he doesn't feel any emotions, even though he is the one who feels the most emotional shit throughout the film. Khan can beat up everyone and everything except for Spock after he sprints. If you don't know Star Trek canon this is probably stupid to you. IT was sort of stupid to me, but the CGI made up for it... I think. OK concept, poor execution.