by Kung Fu Zu
I was recently on a lengthy flight with time to kill. After running through the songs on my MP3, and still unable to sleep, I decided to check what movies were on demand and decided to view the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise.
Let me come straight to the point. Star Trek Into Darkness is a bad movie. Had I been able to, I would have walked out of the plane. Alas, this was not an option.
The movie starts with the, now stale, frantic action scene with our hero, Kirk, and shipmates being pursued by primitives with deadly intent. This scene is further proof of the paucity of original ideas springing from the Star Trek series, in specific, and Hollywood in general. It also clearly reveals the film’s target audience. That audience would range from nerdy pubescent males aged about twelve all the way to post-pubescent males of about twenty five with the intellectual abilities of an emotionally stunted thirteen year old.
This film has it all for that audience. Little plot, unbelievable computer graphics, mindless motion, cardboard characters and lots of explosions. Whoopie, we don’t have to think!!!!
Most of all, it feeds feeble adolescent vanity by putting the most powerful weapon controlled by the Federation under the command of an immature, reckless twenty-something dunderhead with little self control and less intelligence. This would be the equivalent of putting the present U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of a teenage gamer.
The only thing vaguely interesting about the movie is the back story about Khan and that is simply not enough to save the film.
Ok, I have never been a big fan of the Star Trek movie series. I found the TV series to be somewhat more entertaining, particularly one episode which included Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman. It was named Where No Man Has Gone Before. If only the producers of this latest Star Trek film had taken the implied advice of this title and not gone there. But since they have already gone, we can only pray they don’t come back. • (1899 views)