Monday, May 13, 2013

Upcoming Movies: Star Trek Into Darkness

Every year summer time usually guarantees at least one thing - that there will be a few big budget blockbusters coming to the big screen. Two weeks ago it was Iron Man 3, last week had The Great Gatsby, and this week's movie of choice is Star Trek Into Darkness. Premiering on May 16 (May 15th for IMAX), this latest by director JJ Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) has had a jumble of mixed reviews.

Most that criticize the film seem to have the most beef with the fact that it is unlike the original series. Not being very familiar with the original Star Trek series, this doesn't hold the same weight for me as it might for real Trekkies. According to some, this film tries to compensate the originality and imagination of the original series with inter-character spats, superficial special effects and action sequences, and adolescent-esque relationship drama. On the other hand, there have also been several reviews stating that while the film may not be quite as imaginative as some of Abram's other works, it was nevertheless face paced and enjoyable.

Having considered Abram's previous interpretation of Star Trek in this film's predecessor well done, I am pretty excited to see what he does with this film. I am not acquainted with the original story line particularly well, so I won't be bothered too much if it deviates (a crime that some may and surely will consider punishable by death). The returning cast was likable and charismatic in the first film so I would expect the same in the new one, and I am very excited to see Benedict Cumberbatch portraying the film's villain. If you are familiar with his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC television series Sherlock (on a side note he will also be the voice for Smaug and the Necromancer in the upcoming Hobbit films), you will know he is a fantastic actor, and the short clips he appears in for the films trailer are unnerving to say the least.

Stay tuned later in the week for a quick review on what I thought of the film, but until then, let me know your thoughts (and if you are a die-hard fan, your fears) on what the film will offer and enjoy the trailer!

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