Star Trek Into Darkness Review (No Spoilers)

by Brandon

Here’s the thing. The reaction to this movie is going to be wildly varied, depending on the individual viewer.  For that reason, I’m giving a mini-review for each of the 5 different kinds of people who will likely watch this movie.

My mini-reviews will be separated into the following categories:

1. If you are a Star Trek fan who loved the 2009 Star Trek movie…
2. If you are a Star Trek fan who hated the 2009 Star Trek movie…
3. If you are a non-Star Trek fan who loved the 2009 Star Trek movie…
4. If you are a non-Star Trek fan who hated the 2009 Star Trek movie…
5. If you just thought the 2009 Star Trek movie was “okay”…

Okay. So here we go.

1. If you are a Star Trek fan who loved the 2009 Star Trek movie…

I think you’re gonna love this movie. You’re going to wave your toy phaser in the air with a whoop of triumph. When debating the film in various nerd forums and social media pages, you will use phrases like, “Fun ride!”, “It felt like TOS Star Trek!”, and “This is a reboot!” You will also use the word “homage”.

A lot.

Yeah, you’re going to love this movie.

Everything you loved about the first movie is in this movie… and more.

2. If you are a Star Trek fan who hated the 2009 Star Trek movie…

Find your happy place before you go see this movie because it’s going to send you into a nerd-rage of epic proportions. You’re going to scream. You’re going to be outraged. You’re going to point your toy phaser at the movie screen and fire it angrily, over and over and over. In your furiously written posts on Star Trek forums and social media groups, you’ll use phrases like, “JJ-Crapverse”, “This isn’t Star Trek!”, and “I can’t believe he did that!”

Yeah, you’re going to hate this movie.

Everything you hated about the first movie is in this movie… and more.

3. If you are a non-Star Trek fan who loved the 2009 Star Trek movie…

You’re going to love it. You’re going to tell your friends to go see it. If the first movie didn’t get you to re-watch the original shows or films, this movie will.

4. If you are a non-Star Trek fan who hated the 2009 Star Trek movie…

Why the hell did you watch the sequel? If you want to just throw your money away, send it to me. At least the Star Trek fans who hated the first one have a reason to watch this (they need ammo to use in their forum wars against the Star Trek fans who loved it).

5. If you just thought the 2009 Star Trek movie was “okay”…

You’ll probably like this movie better. It still won’t be as good as, say, those Marvel movies you love so much, but you’ll tell people it’s better than the last one. Overall, you’ll be glad you watched it.

So what did I think?

Well, I fall into category #1, so I loved it.

I was very surprised by some of the creative decisions in this movie, and – as a Trek fan – there was a brief period of adjustment to those decisions (one later scene in particular). Once I was past that (which took about .00042 seconds), I just strapped in for the ride and I frickin’ loved it.

– Brandon

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John May 17, 2013 at 2:13 AM

I’m in category #1, so this bodes well. However, you are right that the first film made me want to buy the other films and series. While it was something I’d thought about for a while, the JJ Abrams reboot was the catalyst I needed.

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Brandon May 17, 2013 at 5:39 AM

I really do think you’ll like this one, John. There was one scene where I had a moment of “Okay, that’s a little too much,” (I won’t specify because of spoilers), but it didn’t really impact my enjoyment of the movie.

Overall, it was the first film, only more.

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Glen September 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Great review my only real beef with the movie was that logically, Spock should have yelled “Admiral Robo-Cop!” instead of *Ricardo Montalban*… considering Admiral Alex Murphy was responsible for the warp core malfunction.

But for the sheer drama, Spock yelling *Benedict Cumberbatch* was absolutely appropriate.

By the way, the prologue was PERFECTLY TOS.

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Brandon September 7, 2013 at 10:58 PM

I agree on all counts, Glen.
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