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Movie review: 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' great, not original

11:31 AM, May 22, 2013  |  Comments
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"Star Trek" fans finally got what they've been waiting for - another "Star Trek" movie. This one again has the original crew from the '60s series of the U.S.S. Starship Enterprise created by Gene Roddenberry.

Chris Pine reprises his role as James "Jim" Tiberius Kirk, and Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock team up as the captain and first officer "to boldly go where no one has gone before." Kirk still has the same cockiness and Spock has exceptional logic we've come to expect from them.

These characters exist in an alternate reality (all this can be explained in the last film) and it's anyone's guess what other characters will appear from the original series/movies. But it's still Kirk who challenges Starfleet's prime directive that it holds dear as the philosophy for exploring unknown territories.

One new face with a familiar name is Kirk's nemesis John Harrison/Khan. Benedict Cumberland gets this great role that Ricardo Montalban made famous. Khan was leader of an engineered super race; he attempted to commandeer the Enterprise. This time he's out to destroy Starfleet. No one is match for his strength and intellect, except Spock.

This "Star Trek" introduces the Klingons as the enemy rather than an ally of the Federation. They aren't the respected race of warriors with honor to die for; they are the furthest thing from the peaceful warrior. When Kirk, Spock and Uhura (Zoe Saldana) meet up with them on Kronos, the Klingon homeworld, it is John Harrison/Khan who comes to the away team's rescue. His purpose is to gain control of the capsules containing his people.

This "Star Trek" has better technology and computer graphics for viewers. It makes the science fiction element fascinating; however, there isn't an original story. It is a rehash of previous plots and characters twisted to fit into an alternate timeline.

It's disappointing to have "Star Trek" go in this direction. What made "Star Trek" so great were interesting stories, villains and awesome races created by talented writers. This script is diminished to revisiting old themes.

One of the better aspects of this "Star Trek" crew is the well-timed, great humor between Kirk, Spock and Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban). This might save the franchise from a total wreck. Fans may not expect a lot from the new "Star Trek," but they'll know when it's not living up to its original popular success.

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