Friday, May 31, 2013
MINI-REVIEW: Star Trek: Into Darkness: The IMAX 3D Experience
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto
May 16, 2013
2 hours 13 minutes
When 'Star Trek' was released back in 2009, it brought the beloved characters and universe to an entirely new generation, as well as to an entirely new type of audience: the modern moviegoer. So it only made sense for J.J. Abrams to make a sequel to that hit first film in order to expand on the new story and pay homage to the original series. This sequel is called 'Star Trek: Into Darkness,' and the USS Enterprise definitely are going boldly where no other 'Star Trek' film has gone before: the third dimension. Not only is this film being released in 3D, but select scenes were shot with IMAX cameras, which basically implies that IMAX is THE way to see this film. Sure enough, IMAX does add to the experience overall, as does 3D. However both aren't needed to enjoy the film, because 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' is a superb sequel that is equivalent in quality to the original, maybe even better.
James T. Kirk is now the captain of the USS Enterprise, managing all of the crew members on board. After an unfortunate mishap regarding responsibility, Kirk is reinstated due to a new terrorist threat coming on the rise. This terrorist threat is known as John Harrison. There's something about John Harrison that's just off, and Kirk wants to know what his master plan is. Turns out that there's an even bigger plot that's brewing up within Star Fleet, and it's up to Kirk and his crew to stop it before John Harrison takes over and wrecks havoc on the entire world.
J.J. Abrams really does have an understanding of the original source material. He's able to take the classic characters and special easter eggs placed throughout the film and make them enjoyable for any audience member going to see it. The writers of the film, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof, clearly understood the original series and made it as fresh as ever, with some great twists, fun action sequences, and fantastic character development. All of the actors do a solid job in their roles and bring the emotion and fun-ness of each character, especially Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch, as Pine, Spock, and John Harrison respectively. Due to the release of 'After Earth' this weekend, this film is losing a lot of IMAX theaters. Honestly, if you can see it in IMAX, see it in IMAX. The IMAX shot sequences are spectacular and add to the fun of this movie. Even fi you don't see it in IMAX, or even 3D, 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' is high octaine summer fun that is definitely worth seeing in a theater.
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