Excerpt: It’s hard to believe that after nearly a half a century Star Trek is still going strong. Gene Roddenberry’s creation of a unified human race exploring the galaxy seems simple in concept, but it’s the multi-layered plots of the television shows and feature films that keeps us coming back for more. In 2009 the series went through a “reboot” and, essentially, going back to basics.
Excerpt: Nearly five years ago, an intrepid crew set out on a mission which had never been tried before and which no one was entirely certain would succeed – to recreate the "Star Trek" franchise as a tent-pole summer film with over the top action sequences and underwear model leads. And against all odds they succeeded, crafting not just an enticing piece of summer entertainment, but a compelling drama that managed to satiate both the old school fan and the teenager looking for...
Excerpt: Hot on the heels of Iron Man 3 , the summer’s second blockbuster precedes it to home video by a week. But in its quest to reach the final box office frontier, Star Trek Into Darkness attempted to also go where no Trek had gone before; into the third dimension. A full-on post-production conversion, Into Darkness has the additional distinction of being the first feature film to shoot IMAX on almost 30 minutes of the movie, and then undergo a post conversion.
Summary: This will likely be Abrams’ final journey on the Enterprise. His life is going to be dominated with the Star Wars universe for a long time to come. If Paramount wants this all to continue, and they will, someone else will have to take the reins once again. I can’t say I’ll miss Abrams’ camera flares at all. I suspect in Star Wars you’ll have a hard time seeing those light sabers with the camera flares all about. But I will miss his touch.
Conclusion: Well-made and engrossing, Star Trek Into Darkness is the rare sequel that stands strongly on its own. It requires no love for the franchise or even for the previous film to thoroughly enjoy.
Excerpt: Na de succesvolle reboot in 2009 onder de leiding van niemand minder dan JJ Abrams leek het dat Star Trek nieuw leven ingeblazen was. Een fris alternatief universum, de iconische personages van de allereerste serie waren weer terug, en van de cast kon men op zijn minst zeggen dat ze talentvol zijn.
Conclusion: J. J. Abrams created a worthy follow-up to his 2009 Star Trek reboot in Star Trek Into Darkness . The film stumbles a bit narratively, and I never really felt the impact of the death and destruction happening on screen. Nevertheless, Star Trek Into Darkness is an exciting, action-packed thrill ride that sees Kirk and Spock butting heads and a nefarious new antagonist to challenge the Enterprise in the familiar Khan.