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Please be aware: I am going to spoil the hell out of this movie… so if you have not seen it yet, I suggest that you skip this post and come back after you’ve had a chance to watch it.
Last night I watched Star Trek: Into Darkness again. Yes, again! I don’t think that I’ve ever gone to the theatre twice to see a movie. That should tell you immediately what I think of this one. It’s awesome! Not only would I tell you to go see it (regardless of your prior Trek knowledge… or lack of it) but I’d even tell you to see it in 3D if you don’t mind that sort of thing. And I generally hate 3D movies! Last night we chose to see it in regular old 2D, and it was still awesome, so 3D is not a necessity… but I found that it “worked” for this movie. Right from the initial scene of the natives throwing spears at Kirk and Bones. The warp scenes. Khan putting his arm through the glass to allow Bones to draw a sample of his blood.
I told you there would be spoilers! Before the movie was released there was a lot of speculation that the villain would be Kirk’s arch nemesis Khan. JJ Abrams somehow managed to keep a tight lid on it, so even when I walked into the theatre, I wasn’t 100% sure whether the speculation was true or not. It wasn’t until about 30-40 mins into the movie when the bad guy spoke those words that I am still repeating today… “My name is Khan!” And let me tell you… the guy who they got to play Khan, Benedict Cumberbatch, is perfect for the role! His low, rumbling voice sent shivers down my spine when I first watched the movie. Even again last night I couldn’t help but feel excitement leading up to that scene.
A movie like this has to be seen on the big screen to be properly enjoyed. It’s amazing how they can take the old style Enterprise and make it look awesome again. The detail is beyond belief. My brain doesn’t even process these scenes as anything but a real star ship. When the Enterprise comes out of the water… or rises through the clouds… it just LOOKS REAL.
All is not perfect with the movie, though. I might be nitpicking but where were the Klingon ships while the Enterprise was stranded at the edge of the neutral zone? You’d kinda expect to see a few ships around the home world, but then again… Star Fleet never seems to have any protecting Earth either. I just don’t get it.
What about Khan’s blood being able to cure people and even bring them back from the dead? Does this mean that no one ever dies or gets sick from this point on? It should! If they were able to synthesize enough to bring Kirk back to life (oops, another spoiler!) then you’d think that they can synthesize enough to cure everyone else and stop death. By the way JJ, beautiful reversal of key roles from Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan and this movie. From Kirk saving the Enterprise and dying from radiation poisoning, to Spock using Kirk’s famous line… “Khaaaaan!!!” I do have to agree, though, with people who said that Alice Eve’s underwear scene is pretty gratuitous. Don’t get me wrong! She’s stunning… but from a plot perspective… getting undressed in front of Kirk served absolutely no purpose. She might as well have just stripped down on the bridge while saying that it was too warm and sipping on a frozen lemonade. Even THAT would have made more sense. But it’s Alice Eve, so we’re all good.
Old Spock (sounds like a deodorant) was a nice touch, especially breaking his rule for not telling young Spock about things that happen in the future.
And Zoe Saldana’s performance as a pissed off girlfriend should get her nominated for an Oscar award. I’ve seen that look! When Uhura glares at Spock, and then says that nothing’s wrong… oh boy! Been there! If that was acting.. wow!
All in all, I thought that Star Trek: Into Darkness was awesome, and can’t wait until it comes out on video. I will be ordering my pre-release copy from iTunes as soon as it becomes available, and can’t wait to watch it again!