I have to start this review with a disclaimer. I know it’s a terrible way to kick off a movie review, but I feel knowing theses bits of details will help enhance just what I’m trying to convey. So on with the disclaimer. I am not a Star Trek fan. Sorry. As a kid, I just never could get into it. Star Trek always felt cheesy, lame and really just silly. Now, I know what you’re saying: ” But Bub, aren’t you the same man who owns multiple B horror movies as well as countless comic books dedicated to nothing but cheesy, lame silliness?” What can I say I am a wildly unstable human being. A loose cannon. A loner who rides from town to town on a Harley, solving mysteries but still able to find a little time for the ladies…….. But I digress. Back to the review.
I can’t get into too much of the plot without giving away some HUGE spoilers ( Side Note: After the screening I called Thom and spoiled the big twist without thinking and totally crapped on his film going experience Sorry Man!) . So I’ll just give you the basic gist. Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) goes against protocol to save Spock ( Zachary Quinto), which leads to him getting the Enterprise taken away! Fear not, it isn’t long till a mad man (Benedict Cumberbatch) declares a one man war on the Star Fleet. This of course leads Kirk and crew on a revenge mission to disperse a cosmic ass-kicking. My lame synopsis does no justice to this plot. Fast paced, non-stop, and at times surprisingly funny, J.J. Abrams had my undivided attention for 130+ minutes and that’s not an easy thing to do. The only real problem I had with the story was Zoe Saldana’s character, Uhura. I couldn’t get past her being pissed at Spock for not having emotions. Goddamn lady, he’s a damn Vulcan! What the hell do you want from him?!?
Chris Pine makes Captain Kirk cool. That simple. For the longest time, I associated the name Captain Kirk with a beer gut and cheap hair piece. Not any more. We get a totally badass willing to break the rules for what he feels is the right thing to do. This take no shit, fuck the rules attitude is played expertly against Quinto’s tight-ass, by the books Spock. Zachary Quinto was born to play Spock. I mean look at the guy. Middle school must have been hell for him ( Just think of the Star Trek jokes he had to endure ). The man has me convinced he was actually born a Vulcan. Besides the two leads, Simon Pegg as Scotty and Karl Urban as Bones, steal every scene they are in. Both did an excellent job as the comic relief, but don’t go in expecting just jokes from these two. They get several scenes where they flexed their acting chops as well.
Benedict Cumberbatch will go down as one of the best on-screen villains. This guy brought nothing but raw, brutal intensity to the role. I felt the hate that this guy had towards the Star Fleet, and like a shark on the hunt nothing was going to stop him from getting what he wanted. One scene in particular had him crushing a mans skull with his bare hands. With out any on-screen gore or blood I was cringing. Brutal does not even begin to convey Cumberbatch’s performance.
To do a review on a Star Trek movie and not mention the SFX is just wrong. I happened to see the flick in 3D and was damn glad I did. Not being a real fan of the whole 3D craze, I’m always skeptic of dishing out the extra loot for it (yeah that’s right 2 bucks is a lot for me!). Well in this case it was free but I would have happily laid down the extra 8 quarters for this. The 3D looks great! No cheap gimmick here, folks. The 3D only helps to enhance the already exceptional special effects. The movie looks great. At a budget of 185 million- I would hope so, but you can see where all the money went.
Star Trek Into Darkness is the summer “popcorn flick” you’re excepting. I mean this in no bad way. Personally, I dig these types of movies. Whats not to love? Awesome action scenes, badass SFX and big stars. STID has all this and more. J.J. Abrams has proven that he is the go to for big budget sci-fi/action flicks. With Abrams behind the wheel I can safely say I am excited about a Star Wars movie.