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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Could have been so great.
OK, before I get to it, I need to stress that this is not a bad film. I gave it a 7, meaning that I did enjoy it - but it could have been a 10. I'm not a die hard Trekkie, I have seen every movie and some episodes, but I don't know everything on it. That being said, I do feel let down by this film, even if my connection is not as strong as some peoples, so much so that I have taken to IMDb to discuss my anger.
First, the things I liked. I need to stress, the majority of this film was amazing, visually and story wise. It was only up until the last ten minutes that the smile left my face and I felt as if I was watching this perfectly constructed film be blown up. I really liked the acting, especially Zachary Quinto who should seriously be up for awards. I also quite like some of the throw backs, from Chekov's worried face after he's told to put a red shirt on to the big reveal that Khan is in fact the villain (which we all called 5 months ago, but doesn't particularly bother me). The movie on a whole, until the end, was strong; and everything seemed great.
Until the film sort of cheated. Now, when they killed (Spoilers) Kirk, I thought it was beautiful. That's the only word. The mirror of Wrath of Khan and the great acting made it so that fans were touched, but so were newcomers. That's what this film did, it made Star Trek enjoyable to everyone. Until they brought Kirk back. I mean, c'mon. What was the point of this film? It had a purpose, up until they tipexed over the emotional growth for the sake of a happy ending. Did we really need that?
Before I entered the cinema, there was a trailer for Fast and Furious 6. Me and my mother (she is a die hard fan) were sitting and joked about how a film series can have so many movies without anything changing. Driving home she sat in silence, and I know why. Star Trek has become a Hollywood franchise. Nothing was learned in this film. The ending was exactly, shot for shot, the same as Star Trek (2009). this should not have been titled Star Trek Into Darkness, but rather Star Trek Into Lightly Shaded Rendering That We'll Erase So We Can Make Sequels, or LSRTWESWCMS for short. I feel as if Abrams could have done something special with this film, revolutionary even. Now I think he's just in it for the money.
Anyway, as I said, I really enjoyed this film. If they has left it, ended it 20 minutes earlier, it would be a 9/10. However, someone thought they'd be clever, and failed - disappointing me and undoubtedly others.