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At the Movies with TB: “Star Trek – Into Darkness” Review

May 16, 2013


written and reviewed by TB Queensland…

STAR TREK – Into Darkness ★★★★

First up – I’m a fan of ST … not of 3D we watched it in 2D.

The film … great graphics … typical storyline for ST (that I won’t reveal) … really good characterisation of the (original) crew and integration with original characters and concepts … script was good for this type of film, few funny lines (I actually laughed) … plenty of action and I actually jumped a couple of times as ships were hit in surprise attacks (unusual for me, The Minister was amused!) … directing was tight … as was the editing …

Seemed odd not to be bombarded with foul language … a nice change …

Overall a good film – set up as either the pilot for a new TV series (I suspect) or a series of films … maybe both …

The audience sat through the titles at the end – mainly (I suspect) because of the revamped version of the original ST theme …

The Minister, commented on the way out – “I’d watch that again” … so from her … ★★★★

Ooops times up …

Note: Our only objection was the volume in the cinema … we had to put tissues in our ears … and I was advised last week that my hearing would improve with hearing aids!



27 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2013 2:30 pm

    Good review TB…

    The big surprise for me is that you actually went to the movies on a day that isn’t Tuesday…

  2. May 16, 2013 2:51 pm

    I saw this Movie last Sunday and I thoroughly enjoyed it in 3d, as a Trekie from way back I thought it was sufficiently respectful of the genre and at the same time bright and fresh. I loved the parallels to the plot of an earlier offering in the franchise and that it gave detail junkies little points of homage to the originals but I also loved the industrial sized interiors of the ship with heavy girders and chunky details of the ship like the throttle lever on the bridge that engages warp drive.
    I give it 4and a half stars well worth the price of admission

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    May 16, 2013 4:01 pm

    IH, having seen it in 2D … would think 3D worth a try … and maybe 3D blu ray on the TV next time … as a fellow fan I agree it was “integrated” well with the original series …

    I didn’t see Rodenberry’s original concept of tackling human rights isues via sci-fi (one of his original concepts for the series) … but the foundations were well laid for anyone new to the franchise but not too much for those of us who’ve followed every iteration …


    Good review TB…

    I had to go out after writing my review … so was a bit surprised when I found this … chuffed … 😳

  4. May 16, 2013 4:21 pm

    I like 3d for things like big action movies but my only problem is taht I wear graduated bifocals and it limits how I can get comfortable in the cinema and still see a nice clear image.
    Over the years I have seen every possible Star Trek offering and think that some of it stands up well and a lot of it just looks plain hokey. After seeing the latest film I went back and re-watched the film that this one references and thought it stands up quite well.
    Of the original serries I think the best episodes are the ones that pose moral dilemmas like “the bridge to forever” Where Kirk Spock and the doctor are trapped in depression era earth and something that they have done has created a temporal paradox which has changed the future so their present is changed.
    The later incarnations of the franchise had some great moments I loved Piccard far more than Kirk and I thought the Borg were the best “villains” and they represent the march of technology for its own sake and also a strong argument against the collectivism of socialist ideology where the individual is entirely adsorbed by the collective and loses their humanity in the process.

  5. May 16, 2013 4:42 pm

    I thought the Borg were the best “villains”


    Especially that lizard like woman who was their leader….

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    May 16, 2013 4:49 pm

    I see you “get” Rodenberry, IH … I see the paradox with the Borg technology for technogy sake and all being the same as the push for extreme capitalism which is no different to extreme communism just different ends of the scale … the outcome is essentially the same … a miserable majority and a comfortable and rich “elite” … neither “system” is desireable …

    As I heard on Lateline a couple of nights ago the market economy has become a market society …

    Something I hae been posting about for sometime and reminded me of my old cry …

    I prefer to live in a society rather than survive in an economy …

    I wonder how Gene Rodenberry would script today’s world in one of his stories …?

  7. Evil Walrus permalink
    May 16, 2013 5:08 pm

    “……..and also a strong argument against the collectivism of socialist ideology where the individual is entirely adsorbed by the collective and loses their humanity in the process.”

    The Gillard Spin Team ?

  8. May 16, 2013 5:55 pm

    For extreme capitalism you can go no further than the Ferengi in DS9 who have only one focus for their lives, the love of profit and wealth, They are of course played for laughs though but their bible is “The rules of acquisition” that condone just about anything if it makes helps a profit

  9. May 16, 2013 6:01 pm

    Reb speaking of the Borg, you just can’t ignore 7of9

  10. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 16, 2013 7:24 pm

    I prefer the movie reviews with the spoiler, which means I don’t have to waste time watching them.

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    May 17, 2013 12:01 pm

    But you usually make shit up anyway, ToM … I don’t see why you can’t do it with fiction too … 🙂

    IH, re Ferengi … yes I’d forgotten about the little ear lobe lovers! 😉

  12. Meta permalink
    May 17, 2013 2:11 pm

    (How many bars of cold-pressed Latinum would a permanent solution to the stabilisation of the Omega molecule fetch?)

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    May 17, 2013 2:40 pm

    42 …

    G’day, M! 🙂

  14. May 17, 2013 3:12 pm

    you should know that it all depends ,are buying or selling?

  15. May 17, 2013 3:13 pm

    forgot the “you” 🙄

  16. May 18, 2013 12:42 pm

    ” I prefer the movie reviews with the spoiler,” so do l. l guess there will be more `Trek` bombarding us on the telly soon.

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    May 18, 2013 1:44 pm

    l guess there will be more `Trek` bombarding us on the telly soon.

    You obviously don’t watch commercial TV much … 700 … its on every day … unless you are referring to a new series?

  18. May 18, 2013 3:17 pm

    I’m off to see Star Trek in half an hour so I might “update” TB’s review… 😉

  19. TB Queensland permalink
    May 18, 2013 3:49 pm

    Look forward to it, sreb … 🙂

  20. May 18, 2013 8:23 pm

    I agree with TB’s review – fours stars.

    I liked the reference to The trouble with Tribbles.

    I also liked the fact that it was based on events on Earth. It was kind of like a grounded Star Trek for the 21st Century in the way in which Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was much darker than previous incarnations.

    The only thing that I thought was a little weird was the cameo by old Spock Leonard Nimoy.

    Old Spock was with Jim Kirk in the old series, and supposedly this is now a new prequel series with a new young Spock and a new young Kirk, so introducing old Spock seemed like a flaw in the narrative.

    But that’s just me..

    Otherwise, it was a rollicking great film from start to finish, with plot turns and twists and fantastic special effects.

    We watched it in 3D which was good too.

  21. May 18, 2013 8:29 pm

    Elysium looks good, and I’m also looking forward to World War Z..

    I will probably see both of these in normal D.

  22. May 19, 2013 7:51 am

    its obvious that you did not see the first reboot film made by JJ Abrams because if you had you would understand the presence of Nimoy in this film. Buy or rent the film because it is both good in its own right and it will fill in the back story for this current film.

  23. May 19, 2013 8:57 am

    I did see the first one Ian, although I can’t remember old Spock being in it.

    I did however enjoy this movie much more than the last one.

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    May 19, 2013 10:30 am

    Yep. I tend to agree with, sreb, IH …

    … it was almost as if the director had said… “So where do with drop, Leonard’s, cameo in? Oh, this bit will do …”

  25. TB Queensland permalink
    May 19, 2013 10:34 am

    Like the look of Elysium too … I’m a big fan of Matt Damon, too … a class actor …

  26. May 19, 2013 10:48 am

    Well Reb clearly you do need to watch the first one again because when you do you will realise that “old Spock ” was utterly pivitol to the plot and his cameo in this film was far from being tokenism in fact he serves to remind dedicated trekies that all of the old Startrek canon exist in an alternate time-line. any way you guys might enjoy this because its both funny and makes lots of trek allusions ;


  27. TB Queensland permalink
    May 19, 2013 12:16 pm

    Don’t you start, IH … I only just watched that! And then came here!

    Wally mentioned Downfall the other day as i was downloading it!

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