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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (Spoiler-Free)

May 15, 2013


Star Trek Into Darkness

  • Starring: Chris Pine (Star Trek), Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), and more.
  • Directed by: J.J. Abrams (Star Trek)
  • Synopsis: “When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”
  • Rated: Rated PG-13 for language, intense action and sci-fi violence
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Star Trek Into Darkness comes to audiences four years after the most impressive Star Trek movie since First Contact, and, as a sequel, carries with it certain expectations and fears of quality, story and overall continuation.


You must RUN to see this movie! run FAST!

Allow me to express to you my sincerest pleasure with this film and my gratitude to J.J. Abrams for taking his time with this, one of the most impressive sequels I have ever watched. Hit the jump for more of my review.


In case you haven’t figured out by that introductory paragraph…I loved Star Trek Into Darkness. This second installment of the “rebooted” franchise movies initialized by Gene Roddenberry is a worthy addition for Star Trek fans young and old, veteran and new, to enjoy. We find Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise after the events of their first “mission” together and now, after a few shakeups, find themselves on a mission to search and destroy a widely unknown yet dangerous terrorist who claims and appears to be superior in every

THIS is what summer blockbusters are all about! Star Trek Into Darkness starts off with grand-scale visuals, storylines, characters, excitement and edge-of-your-seat adventure that does not end!Star-Trek-Into-Darkness-Scotty

star-trek-into-darkness-2One of the things I am most glad for about this Star Trek franchise is the choice of the director J.J. Abrams. Known for his secrecy, the amount of surprises he is able to pull off in his films makes the experience of watching it even that more enjoyable. (Even if you’ve seen all of the trailers, there are PLENTY of great surprises still in store!) Granted, the cast is great as well. Chris Pine IS Captain Kirk, just as Zachary Quinto IS Spock and Karl Urban IS Bones, etc, etc, but the amount of little teases, tributes and unexpected twists that Abrams successfully brings definitely delights.

star-trek-into-darkness-benedict-cumberbatch-chris-pineBenedict Cumberbatch, perhaps mainly known previously for his role in the BBC series “Sherlock,” plays villain John Harrison and carries that lead role quite believably as a dangerous opponent for Kirk and the Enterprise. Other performances of note not already mentioned include Simon Pegg as Scotty once again who brings the majority of the comic relief and Alice Eve, who, isn’t as useless in this role as she has been in plenty of her other films (The Raven, for example). The entire crew sees further character development from the challenges they face and the motivation they receive which brings them together even more.movies_star-trek-into-darkness

I cannot express just how much I enjoyed this venture into “the Final Frontier,” but know that it is a nigh-perfect film despite a few minor plot issues and cliché predictable notions. A fantastic sequel that must be seen and will be enjoyed by all who boldly choose to go, Trekkie or no. Ignore the critics who have empty criticisms and low-appreciation for the concept of what a “reboot” is (as a matter of fact, ignore all reviews that do not claim to be spoiler-free), you definitely want to and must enjoy this one without the taint of spoilers or negativity. It is worth it. The special effects, the sets that were built, the story told, the special nods to well-known Star Trek lore…it all works famously well.STAR TREK

But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Here are a few comments from some fellow viewers/”FocusedFilmogra-followers” who also watched it:

“I applaud you Star Trek. I stand and applaud you.” -M. Esqueda

“Star Trek Into Darkness was fantastic! :D”  -A. Matthews

“If you give this less than a ‘4’ then we can’t be friends, T!” -S. Bonsack

“Star Trek Into Darkness was great. :)”  -E. Whitehead


Go see Star Trek Into Darkness, filled with action, adventure, villains, space fights and more…it is illogical to miss this film! With character interactions and development equal to the amount of action and excitement, this sequel is the perfect blend of all things necessary for this successful sequel. Get to the theater and get there now! Set coordinates to your nearest cinema, Maximum Warp…and…Punch it!Star-Trek-Into-Darkness-Trailer-Still-Enterprise-Warp

Bravo, J.J. Abrams and crew of the Enterprise. Thank you and Bravo!startrek11.jpg

My Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars for Star Trek Into Darkness

One of several amazing fan-made posters. Click photo to see the rest!

One of several amazing fan-made posters. Click photo to see the rest!

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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: My review for MUD and Trailer Time Thursday!

31 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2013 12:32 pm

    I cant wait! Nice review.


    • May 15, 2013 1:16 pm

      def worth it Issy. I know you will enjoy it.


  2. May 15, 2013 1:13 pm

    Woohoo! I go tomorrow!

    I am a HUGE Cumberbatch fan! So ready for this–(helps with Sherlock withdrawals ;)) and I loved the Abrams re-boot–so, it is WIN-WIN for me.

    This review makes me hopeful and happy. 😀



    • May 15, 2013 1:18 pm

      I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Cumberbatch was impressive.


      thanks for reading/commenting. I do appreciate it.


  3. May 15, 2013 1:50 pm

    I’ve got my IMAX 3D tickets already in hand. Thanks, T!


    • May 17, 2013 12:10 am



  4. May 15, 2013 2:12 pm

    I loved this movie! I think that Star Trek fans will love the references to the past, I know that I did. =)


    • May 17, 2013 12:12 am

      I very much loved it to. my only complaint mirrors that of many others: the level of predictability. but it is very easily dismissed with the amazingness of the movie as a whole!


  5. May 15, 2013 2:32 pm

    I want spoilers dammit! Haha already seen the film and yeah its brilliant, good review and score 😀


    • May 17, 2013 12:13 am

      hahahahaha. this comment made me laugh, Tim! Thanks for chiming in.


      • May 17, 2013 1:44 am

        Always welcome 😀


  6. Victor De Leon permalink
    May 15, 2013 5:51 pm

    Nice review! I’m stoked. I dig all things Trek. Cumberbatch looks epic in the trailers, too. Thanks!


    • May 17, 2013 12:21 am

      Cumberbatch is pretty solid. I look forward to you seeing it. enjoy! Thanks for reading.


  7. Anonymous permalink
    May 15, 2013 8:07 pm

    Good review!


  8. May 16, 2013 2:00 am

    Saw this last night and absolutely loved it. I’m not a Trek fan (the previous film is the only other piece of Star Trek I have seen) but this is pretty close to my favourite film of the year so far. Great plot and Cumberbatch is damn close to being the best actor going around in my opinion.


    • May 17, 2013 12:21 am

      Not a Trek fan and still loved it. Perfect! Thanks for chiming in.


  9. May 16, 2013 4:34 am

    Nice review, Terrence, although I disagree with you on most aspects of the film (you should check out my review to see what I think!) but you make your points well, and i don’t think I’m about the change them! Good stuff!!


    • May 17, 2013 12:22 am

      Thanks for the fun comment. I read your review and commented. And, as you noted, we do disagree. but that’s what makes this so much more fun! 🙂


  10. May 17, 2013 9:55 am

    I gave the same rating as you, T, though mine is more of an unconventional review. Abrams made me actually care about the whole franchise so yeah, I definitely enjoyed this one.


    • May 17, 2013 10:48 am

      Hooray! We both loved it. You really should start watching the series…now that you have a newfound love for Star Trek!


  11. May 18, 2013 2:12 pm

    LOL, I dont know if I’d go so far as “nigh-perfect”, but maybe I’m one of those critics with “empty criticisms and low appreciation for what a reboot is” 😉

    It had enough flaws for me to downgrade it from the upper echelons, but I really enjoyed it. Its fast paced and dark, and a good summer blockbuster. No major complaints here!


    • May 18, 2013 3:26 pm

      hahaha. well, I don’t think you are one of those critics, Fogs! but I was indeed tired of seeing several reviews online that did nothing but blast the film for being a “cheap ripoff of Star Trek II” and wrote that line with those sentiments in mind. I didn’t like how predictable the film was, but I did LOVE it.

      ha. I will be over to see your review in a second.


  12. bdgill12 permalink
    May 20, 2013 11:27 pm

    I’m right there with you, T. I LOVED this. Didn’t think I could enjoy a Star Trek movie more than I did the last one but…man, this one is pretty stinking good, too. Great review.


    • May 22, 2013 9:33 am

      Star Trek was so great. I’m sad it didn’t open any greater over the weekend. haha. Glad you loved it too.


  13. May 21, 2013 9:44 pm

    Glad you liked it. I did as well. It got better as it went on.


    • May 22, 2013 9:53 am

      I enjoyed it much!



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