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Suspension of Disbelief: Star Trek: Into Darkness

For those who aren’t familiar (all one of you) suspension of disbelief is a weekly segment where one of our crack team of Teen Skepchick contributors reviews a movie, book, or anything in between. This week, it’s Star Trek: Into Darkness, so already disbelief is suspended. Prepare your dilithium crystals, hold onto your main deflector dish and arm photon torpedoes. It’s reviewing time. Engage.

Alright, the first thing you have to realise about this movie is that it’s very action-heavy. That might sound obvious considering this is a blockbuster movie, directed by J J Abrams and considering that the trailer made it look like The Expendables in space. However, Star Trek isn’t an action-heavy series, as with the mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise, it’s more about exploration, both of new worlds and the characters, and to be fair to the movie, it does a pretty good job of these things too, just don’t be confused at the amount of Star Wars-esque action sequences.

That’s not to say the action is a flaw in the movie, in fact is was beautifully done, especially when -SPOILER- happens and -SPOILER- follows up making me cry by having a very Worf moment. Now, if that didn’t make any sense, understand that the best parts about this movie are intertwined with key plot elements. What I can say however, is that the Kirk-Spock dynamic is beautiful in this movie, and is played with and twisted and tweaked until all your feels are oozing out of you.

I would make a point about Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in regards to that, however, they are both out-shined (as is everyone apart from perhaps Simon Pegg) by Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes, it goes without saying that Moffat’s Sherlock Holmes is an excellent actor, but seriously, he will blow you away. In fact, I was so impressed I’m no longer wondering why he was picked to be Smaug the dragon in the upcoming ‘Hobbit’ movie. After seeing his performance in ST:ID, any role with his name next to it makes perfect sense, except for maybe… no, I can’t think of one.

Belatedly, I’ll briefly summarize this movie. ST:ID is the second installment in the J J Abrams (Cloverfield, Alias)/Damon Lindelof (LOST, Prometheus) parallel universe reboot of Star Trek. It follows the bromance of Captain Kirk and Commander Spock as they break the prime directive, get demoted, get promoted again, get a top secret mission, get almost killed, save a bunch of people, and get almost killed again.

It’s better than I’m making it sound.

Another plus is that Simon Pegg as Scotty actually had quite a large part in this film, and every scene with him in was wonderful. While we’re on the topic of casting, I have to say (please don’t shoot me), that I think I like this version of Bones McCoy better than the original series version, and pretty much every actor did an amazing job. It was great. Go see it.

My main gripe with the movie was the fact that almost all the promotional material showed a single shot of Alice Eve (whose performance was also amazing) in her underwear. That scene was a throwaway joke, albeit one that was gratuitous and out of place (and one for which Lindelof has recently apologized for), but it was one second, if that, in a two and a half hour movie. The fact that the marketing department at Paramount thought it was important enough to flash all over the trailers and promo shots strikes me as sleazy at best as misogynistic at worst.

Still, that’s not the movie’s fault, it was awesome.

I give it six redshirts out of six.

[image credits: empire online, totalfilm]

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Cat Strickson

Cat Strickson

Cat, or Elly, or Eddy, or whatever name they're going by these days, is a British palaeontologist and fantasy author. It's a pretty awesome skill set, but it doesn't pay much right now. They enjoy science, history, vidyagames and all things SFF.

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