Film Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Just like J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek movie back in 2009, Into Darkness is another film that has a lot of flashy action sequences, funny quips, and epic explosions, but not too much depth or clarity. While Wrath of Khan was mainly a philosophical drama with very little action sequences beyond the mental chess game between Khan and Kirk, Into Darkness keeps the iconic characters always on the run, and never with any time to stop and think about what they’re doing.

Overall, I had a lot of fun watching Benedict Cumberbatch steal every scene he was in as the new Khan, and the constant verbal dueling between Kirk and Spock, but in the end I was left empty and tired with the plot. Just like the characters in the movie, I never had any time to let anything sink in and be processed. It was a constant jump from action scene to action scene without any real conviction of the effects caused by the character’s choices, which dampened the overall impact of the dramatic elements and made it difficult to care too much about the fate of the characters or the world they live in.

If you’re really into Star Trek or are looking for a fun and flashy sci-fi action movie, you’ll enjoy Into Darkness, but if you’re looking for more depth and focus on good writing and acting it would be better to look elsewhere, perhaps at one of these other great Star Trek classics.

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