IRON MAN 3 delivered at the box office. THE GREAT GATSBY over performed. And this week director J.J. Abrams heats up the box office action by taking Star Trek….Into DARKNESS.
A $100 million opening weekend isn’t out of the question.
Upfront here are some pointers I’d like to pass along.
Like that I’m not much of Star Trek fan, but I will tell you that Abrams delivers an exciting and explosive action-thriller. Even exceeding his 2009 reboot of the franchise.
And while I’m not going into the twist-and-turns storyline in this recounting of my evening at STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, let me instead offer a series of impressions of Captain Kirk‘s manhunt to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. Rule-breaking Kirk vs. an unstoppable force of terror that’s detonated the fleet and everything it stands for.
“I don’t know what to say.”
“…..That’s a first.”
What we’ve got here is an epic chess game of life and death in which love and friendships are torn apart and sacrifices usher forth for the only family Kirk has left—his crew.
Kirk and Spock‘s relationship in many ways drawing closer, while Spock toils with inner conflict and vulnerbility in his budding desire for Lt. Uhura.
A kiss is just a kiss—or IS IT?
“What have we learned?”
“….Never trust a Vulcan.”
It makes for quite a puzzling ride at times as I tried to enterpret the goings-on in front of me.
And I really was trying.
Was I reading more into it than really was expected? Probably.
So after a while I decided to just sit back and let Abrams’ spectacle do the thinking (and magic) for me. That’s when it really worked—tribute to Khan and all.
“Beam me up!”
“…Can you beam me DOWN?”
Chris Pine as vulnerable Captain Kirk is terrific, only matched by Zachary Quinto‘s logical(?) Spock. Other nods to Karl Urban as Bones. Benedict Cumberbatch, rogue Starfleet officer John Harrison with Peter Weller playing the Starfleet admiral. And kudos also to Roulan Eric Bana and Zoe Saldana‘s Uhura.
One appearance coming late in the film had our screening audience breaking out in applause, but I’m won’t spoil that one for you.
As for the 3D presentation of the film?
Definitely above average and worth the up charge—even though it’s a post-production conversion to the third dimension.
Set designs are terrific and seeing both London and San Francisco in the 23rd century makes for quite the visuals.
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: More humanistic in ways while settling a personal score.
Welcome aboard the franchise for which I’m raising 3-1/2 out of 5 fingers.
(Reviewed at Cinemark Tinseltown, Merriam.)
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