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STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

What to know: Great balance of comedy and action.
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Recommended age 12-18
132 minutes
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Satirical, Emotional and Epic are the only words to describe the new movie Star Trek Into Darkness. I got a chance to visit the Paramount lot for an exclusive screening of this movie, which left me in awe and thrill. Although this movie is a sequel to the previous Star Trek series, movie goers who are not familiar with the story will understand the plot clearly. The actors portray their characters very well thanks to the director, J.J Abrams. The scenery and set for the futuristic year of 2240 are so vivid and realistic, audience members will forget they are in the year 2013. This movie is also produced for the IMAX 3D, which puts all the explosions and fight scenes in your face. Satirical, Emotional and Epic are the only words to describe the new movie Star Trek Into Darkness. I got a chance to visit the Paramount lot for an exclusive screening of this movie, which left me in awe and thrill. Although this movie is a sequel to the previous Star Trek series, movie goers who are not familiar with the story will understand the plot clearly. The actors portray their characters very well thanks to the director, J.J Abrams. The scenery and set for the futuristic year of 2240 are so vivid and realistic, audience members will forget they are in the year 2013. This movie is also produced for the IMAX 3D, which puts all the explosions and fight scenes in your face.

The relationship of all the characters on the iconic Starship Enterprise are deep and meaningful. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachery Quinto) develop a brotherly love through the struggles they conquer. The Villain, Khan (Benedict Cumberpatch) is a scary two-faced character that will leave the audience guessing his fate until the very end. Not only does the main star achieve his role perfectly, but the co-stars also do an superb job. The writers, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof successfully add comedy in the script to bring an emotional roller coaster to the audience.

The set ranges from modern skyscrapers to futuristic spaceships. The designers portrayed the theme very well, using many computer generated images to create the year of 2240 in a way that makes it seem so real. The 3D element is an added bonus because it brings the action up close. The beginning scene has lots of running and fighting sequences and yet it is all filmed in such detail that the characters seem like they are going to run off screen.

After watching this movie, my passion for Star Trek has been sparked! I rate this movie 5 out of 5 because it balances the comedy and action scenes so well. It has multiple themes taking place but the on-going theme "the power of friendship can build you or destroy you" is present throughout. This movie contains a hand-full of violence but is not bloody or graphic. The action sequences, violence and realistic make-up could be scary for younger audience members so, I recommend this for ages 13 to18. This movie has sparked an interest in Star Trek for me and hopefully, it will do the same to you.

Reviewed by Patrick N., age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Quite the spectacle. For those of us who grew up watching the TV series, this is like comfort food with iconic characters - Captain Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu - the whole gang. Die-hard Trekkies might be disappointed that it does not follow to the letter the original "Wrath of Kahn" storyline but, hey, get a life - there are more ways than one to play Hamlet as well. The 3D production is a visual feast, especially when flying objects are coming your way. Great performances, excellent costumes, love the futuristic landscapes and buildings. Among of my favorite things were the images of vehicles in the future - even the hospital beds that floated down the hallways. I dreamt afterwards about how that was done; I mean outside the magical world of filmmaking. Magnetism perhaps. Fun, action adventure flick with no graphic bloody images. Very enjoyable.
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. Director: J.J. Abrams; Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman; Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence
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