Typical reaction after seeing Star Trek: Into Darkness
Not every component of Into Darkness fails, however; it succeeds as an action movie. From its very incipiency, the movie bombards the viewer with colorful visuals and uses highly kinetic camera movement to promote its action – and let's be honest here... Into Darkness is very much an action movie in costume and not at all science fiction. There is artistry in this, however, as unlike recent blockbusters, Into Darkness' special effects, numerous as they may be, are still not frequent enough to overload the audience's optics. There is the bright, multi-colored planet surface of the opening sequence, and then immediately following is the interior of the Enterprise, with its smooth sheen and sleek corridors. And this is consistent throughout the movie – there are many instances of the relatively chaotic/random visuals of an action scene contrasted every few moments with cuts to the Enterprise bridge. As far as this sort of thing is concerned, Into Darkness delivers just fine.
Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, Into Darkness is entirely devoid of any of the emotional or intellectual adversity that was at least looming around the borders and threatening to permeate 2009's Star Trek... in its stead, there is perhaps a sense of adventure more akin to how the original series would appear through the eyes of its captain, but this does little to appease longtime fans of Star Trek or give the casual audience a reason to care; because the script is weak, Into Darkness is weak. Perhaps this approach is effective with an economic interest in mind as far as the producers are concerned, but really, once the contrived stereotypes Into Darkness passes off as characters settle into their roles, there is little left the movie can do to surprise its audience. The characters take a backseat to the action, and by the end of the movie, there is a lot of action, as the characters act within their stereotypes – Captain Kirk is riled up and ready to punch everything in the face, Spock is contently labeling everything illogical, and... well, the rest of the cast is there too, I guess. A special mention goes out to Chekov, who's accent is perhaps more terrifying than Khan's plan is stupid; seriously, guys, I could probably pull off a more convincing Slavic accent.
The logicality of the plot is so absurd that it would generate a list of complaints lengthier than Taipei-101. The endeavor would be completely pointless and as stupid and uninteresting as cataloguing the movement of glaciers using a yardstick. Suffice it to say, the logic throughout Into Darkness is offensive.
Overall, this movie is exactly what's wrong with modern science fiction.