|Star Trek Into Darkness
Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch
I was never the Star Trek fan in my family. No, that distinction goes to my Mom. The TV show, the original 6 movies, marathon after marathon on any random cable channel, she was all about it. And despite her best efforts, I just couldn’t get into it. But let it be known I have seen a good portion of the TV show along with all of the movies. Then in 2009, J. J. Abrams comes along with his reboot of a franchise that at that point, had become more of a mocked gesture than a sincere one. And despite my initial reluctance, I went and saw the J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek…and enjoyed the hell out of it. Sure it was more action driven, many would say Star Wars-esque, but you can’t deny that Abrams put some much needed life into the series. Dare I saw he made it a little more accessible.
Which leads us to now and Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams' follow up and presumably swan song from the series (at least as director). Into Darkness isn’t dark, in fact the first one might have been a little darker. Into Darkness also doesn’t skimp on the action, in fact it relies heavily on action sequences. This may send more than a few Star Trek purists into fits of rage who already had beef with the 2009 Star Trek. The action stuff is both good and bad, which I’ll get into later, but Into Darkness is a solid piece of entertainment. And while the movie doesn’t improve upon its predecessor, it also doesn’t let it down either.