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Bettie's Box Office: Star Trek: Into Darkness Movie Review

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:06 PM CDT

There are two types of Star Trek fans: those who go to Star Trek Conventions, and those who only go to Star Trek movies. Full disclosure: I've never been to a convention but I've seen (almost) all of the movies.

You don't have to be a huge fan to get into Star Trek: Into Darkness from the first frame. It starts with an Indiana Jones-style action scene, with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban) running through the jungle of some far-away planet, trying to escape the natives. It's safe to say that you'll be surprised where the USS Enterprise is hidden. Before long, Captain Kirk finds himself on a very personal mission deep inside Klingon territory, where one wrong move can trigger an all-out war.

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The movie's shot in Real 3D and IMAX 3D, and the laser blasts and explosions are fantastic. In fact, this film is a two hour adrenaline rush. All of the cast members from the previous movies are back. The perfectly cast Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) pick up on their "complicated" relationship. Scotty (Simon Pegg) provides the requisite amount of "the ship's going down, and there's nothing in the world we can do to stop it," as well as some great comic scenes throughout the film.

Here's where I'll take a position on behalf of the Star Trek Convention folks (warning: there are some character spoilers here). Executive Producer/Director J.J. Abrams has said in interviews that he's out to "re-boot" and "re-tell" some of the Star Trek lore, with a nod to what's gone before. But, part of the magic of prequels is already being familiar with characters and getting more insight as to where they came from and what motivated them. In this film he’s comfortable changing characters and story lines for his own narrative and it can be a little unsettling for long-time fans who are mentally trying to connect the dots with the other movies and TV shows. How else could Khan evolve from being an Abercrombie-fit Brit to a rustic Spaniard? And don't fool yourself into thinking other characters can't die because they show up "later" in that universe somewhere.

Overall, Star Trek: Into Darkness is an explosive addition to the summer action movie lineup and worthy of the franchise name. It is in theaters now and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.

By Bettie CrossBettie's Box Office: Star Trek: Into Darkness Movie Review

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