Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)This 'Trek' isn't short on fun, thrills, wit, or solid performances,… More This 'Trek' isn't short on fun, thrills, wit, or solid performances, and every moment is entertaining, but the overall product is somewhat less than satisfying. Despite hamming it up a bit more than in the last outing, the actors are still in fine form. Chris Pine is reliably charismatic as Kirk, Zachary Quinto is oddly believable as Spock, and Benedict Cumberbatch is chilling as the Enterprise's latest adversary. Popcorn movie no-brainers are blended with genuinely surprising twists, and it's all presented with the same filmmaking expertise as the 2009 'Trek.' Kudos to J.J. Abrams, his editors, the cinematographer, the art directors, the effects team, and everyone who had a hand in bringing the polished, slick, and flawless final cut the the screen. Flawless is a good word to describe 'Into Darkness,' but that doesn't mean there couldn't have been a better movie to flaw; a lightning fast pace, despite inducing thrills, ultimately makes an over two hour film feel, well, too short. Almost as if the whole movie were one extended action sequence. The climax feels like a half way mark. The film might have even been more satisfying with a cliffhanger ending, the battle not yet won, rather than the abrupt, seemingly pasted on conclusion. And I honestly expected a broader scope with larger implications. As much as movies are shunned for this, this one could actually have afforded to be bigger, and it could have also felt like a bigger deal. John Harrison, despite being a truly entertaining villain, isn't quite the crafty, manipulative terrorist he's painted to be in the trailers. Instead of an impenetrable, intricate plot of vicious design, he leads more of a one-man rampage that even seems week and low-stakes compared to the threat of the Romulan mining crew in the previous film.All this aside, 'Into Darkness' is a very well done, entertaining film that deserves to be seen, even twice, at the theatres. It may fall short as the second chapter in an epic reboot, but suffices as a continuation of the new sort of legacy that started in 2009. The gang's all here, one big, energized, intergalactic family, and they're ready for more.
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