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Star Trek: Into Darkness

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Rated: PG-13

2 hrs 3 min

Staff Writer: Nathaniel Brayton


As the new Star Wars films draw closer, Abram’s Star Trek franchise resembles more of the lightsaber than the Enterprise. Into Darkness plays it safe and dumbs down the Star Trek universe for summer movie goers. And while it is entertaining, Into Darkness does not push any boundaries or take any risks.

At the very beginning of the film Captain Kirk is faced with a very difficult moral decision. Should he let Spock die inside an erupting volcano in accordance with Starfleet’s prime directive, which dictates that Starfleet cannot interfere with the development of other cultures, worlds, and civilizations?  To save Spock, Kirk is forced to expose a primitive civilization to the advanced starship he commands, the USS Enterprise, thus influencing their evolution. This opening sequence is amazing and reminiscent of a great, thought provoking episode of Star Trek. Unfortunately, this plot is over too quickly and makes way for one of pure action. And once Into Darkness gets started it doesn’t slow down; there’s barely anytime to breathe.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a welcomed addition who plays a truly sinister villain. However, with such a large cast, all of the crew members don’t get the time they deserve. Uhura, Chekov, Sulu, and the Klingons are glossed over, only getting a few lines to work with. With such a unique and dynamic crew, there should have been more focus on their interactions with each other instead of having their own solo performances.

I also wished the setting would have stayed away from Earth since the main mission for the Enterprise is to explore new worlds. Because, again, the most interesting place in Into Darkness was on the opening planet with bright colors and intriguing aliens.

Even with all of these complaints, I still am a huge fan of Star Trek and I thought Into Darkness was a good, not great, movie. Star Trek is an intelligent show that is supposed to make the audience think about morals, philosophy, and tough decisions. Abrams was scared to slow Into Darkness down and let the audience think about anything important. Instead, this was a movie for the summer audience. He played it safe and that’s a shame. I think there is a market for movies that don’t solely rely on action and it’s not being filled as of yet.


out of ten

“If Spock were here, and I were there, what would he do?

He’d let you die.”


One thought on “Star Trek: Into Darkness

  1. Nice review Nathaniel. Exhilirating from beginning to end, rarely ever missing a beat. Just the way I like my summer blockbusters.

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