Posted on 5/17/13 02:40 PM
I didn't like this film nearly as much as the first. It was formulated to provide continuous action and any of the character interaction that makes ST special was just incidental during heavy action where it garnered no laughs at all in the theater I was in. "Star Trek Into Darkness" was designed to appeal to a mass audience. From my perspective, that was a huge mistake. The film was really dumbed down for mass audiences that need things blowing up every second to maintain their attention span which is that of a three year old.
This is a Star Trek that needs explosions every ten minutes to keep the audience interested, most of whom are not Trekkers. Hot blonds and Kirk having threesomes and endless "booms, bangs, and pows!" is the equation for getting teen males in the seats and having the ridiculous love story between "NuSpock" and "NuUhura" keeps the teen girls in the seats. Having Kirk act like a whiny emo kid keeps all of them in the seats because now they can identify with him. "Parents suck! LOL!"
This is a predictable formula sci-fi film with predictable formula dialog utilizing characters and even plot lines that someone else created mixed in with some great special effects. This is 180 degrees from what Roddenbery created: daring ideas, imaginative concepts and innovative characters and dialog with lackluster special effects, the best that they could do.