Film Watch – 349. Star Trek Into Darkness

star-trek-into-darknessFast Facts

Title: Star Trek Into Darkness
Director: J. J Abrams
Year: 2013
Run time: 2 hrs 3 mins

Background Info

Been looking forward to this one for a while. Really enjoyed the first one, although thinking back I can’t remember too much of the specific plot details and the big twist that allows them to redo all the adventures still alludes me a little. But nevertheless, it’s not necessary to know that stuff, it’s just necessary to buckle up and prepare for the lens flare.

Live Blog

2:46 – Two minutes and already some “highly illogical” from Spock.
5:17 – I didn’t know the Enterprise was waterproof!
8:45 – This yellow and red planet is very pretty.
12:31 – All worlds collide – Sherlock talks to Mickey from Doctor Who in a Star Trek film.
14:28 – “I am Vulcan, Sir, we embrace technicality.”
26:21 – It seems pretty poor planning for them to be in a room with a window, instead of in a bunker somewhere.
37:32 – There can’t be a mission without Scotty!
44:27 – I like that they don’t have to order replacements. As soon as one yellow shirt moves to a new position, another one sneaks in their place.
45:05 – Did we see those red shirts just so we know those two are “red shirts”?
49:10 – It’d be fun if they came out the other end facing the other way, like the Bond mistake.
53:41 – The Klingon sword-weapon things are very cool.
57:34 – The prison with a glass wall is very Avengers.
1:07:28 – Silly question, if you are an engineer between jobs, can you just nab a ship and travel to whatever coordinates you like then?
1:17:37 – Warp speed chase!
1:26:00 – “I’m running, stand by.”
1:34:26 – Three chaps running through a space ship with guns. It’s like every boy’s dream!
1:45:34 – I like being able to actually see the misalignment.
1:51:55 – If Spock gets rage, that is real proper rage.
1:56:55 – Vulcan death grip!

Conclusions

The lens flare situation was much improved – it only crept in a little obnoxiously at the end. I liked getting suspicious of the characters and following their twists and turns as they proved to be good/bad/otherwise. I saw some complaints about over-use of CGI, which always baffles me when you’re talking about a film like this. However, I realised that I hadn’t noticed the CGI one way or the other which must surely be a good thing. Enjoyed the various dialogue scenes with Spock, and with Scotty, those two really make the films for me.

Rating: 5/5

6 comments

  1. Mr C

    didn’t enjoy this at much as the first one. original spock is the murray walker of space, wheel him out whenever you need to tug fans heartstrings.

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  2. elephino

    57:34 – The prison with a glass wall is very Avengers.

    If you ignore earlier Star Trek, Stargate…actually those are the only 2 that come to mind right now but I’m sure there are 100 others.

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  3. Just watched this at the weekend. I was left at the end feeling that there didn’t seem to be much to the film.

    Parking the Enterprise under water seems most odd. I am sure the hull is water-tight but I am not sure about the engines though. The other thing is the pressure difference between the inside and outside of a spaceship is at most only ever 1 atmosphere. On Earth every 8 feet of water you go down increases the pressure by 1 atmosphere so there must be a huge pressure on the hull.

    I love this Scotty. He may not be Scottish but the accent is reasonable but he uses a lot of genuine Scottish phrases where the original Scotty never did but then a lot of Simon Pegg;’s family is Scottish.

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  4. elephino

    The Enterprise is underwater for one reason and one reason alone – for the shot of it coming out of the water. It’s a dramatic introduction to the ship, it has the cascading water (though I suspect the shot was cut down and it had previously been a big reveal).

    The mechanics of being underwater are so far from the minds of the writer, director, producers, it doesn’t matter 🙂

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