April A-Z Challenge, April 22, Letter S: Movie Review – Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

Movie Synopsis: In this second film of the rebooted Star Trek franchise, the crew of the Enterprise must battle the dangerous Khan, a genetically modified superhuman, who is waging a damaging war against all of Starfleet. At the same time, Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the crew must also be careful of who they trust, as there is seeming corruption even within the heart of their own organization.

Movie Review: Following on the strengths of the first rebooted movie, this is a very successful action/sci-fi film from director J.J. Abrams. The film is high-paced and action-oriented, with a lot of fast-moving scenes and just enough introspection and background information to keep us aware of the larger backstory. We get some information about the politics and are exposed to some interesting philosophical issues, but the writers and director have chosen to really focus in on the action, which seems to have worked well here. The main protagonist, Khan, is brought to the screen in exceptional fashion by intense actor Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC Sherlock). One downside to the film, like similar Star Trek films of the past, is the presence of a couple major logical plot holes that allow the story to continue but that seem completely ludicrous. For example, in an emergency system, every VIP in the Starfleet organization gathers at the top floor of the tallest building in San Francisco, surrounded by glass windows that are not bullet proof. And then we’re surprised when something happens? Did everyone miss military strategy 101? But if you can park some of the obvious script issues like this, the film overall is a fun action sci-fi adventure with healthy doses of comedy and interesting characters and villains.

Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars.

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