Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Review 2013 by RD Clark


Star Trek Into Darkness

Written by: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof

Directed by: J.J. Abrams


Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Peter Weller, Alice Eve

Rated PG-13
Running time: 132 mins

When a renegade Star Fleet officer starts blowing stuff up, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are sent to hunt him down.

This move is terrible. Oh, the acting is fine, even great sometimes, but the plot makes no sense at all. I cannot detail much what the problems are without spoilers, but this movie is basically a rehash of a couple of TOS stories, both of which were far superior.

Problems: In the first five minutes, we see the Enterprise parked at the bottom of a lake! (I should have left and requested a refund right there.) That little misadventure had plot holes the size of a Klingon Battle Cruiser and caused me to shake my head and wonder what the hell? (Hint: They have a transporter; why couldn’t they just have…) Another thing: When your space ship is falling toward a planet and the artificial gravity goes off, what would you expect would happen? Is it too much to ask for some science in a science fiction movie?

There were some nifty action scenes, and even some laugh out loud moments, but the sheer dumbness of the plot overwhelmed everything else. And I found myself grimacing in pain at times, when they tried to retrofit and old story into the mix. Is it too much to ask for something new?

As much as I admired the first New Trek, I despise this one and cannot recommend it. I won’t sully my shelf with it when it comes out on disk. There are no post-credit scenes, so feel free to flee. Be careful not to slip on the turkey feathers on your way out.

Flytrap rating: 3/10

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